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Parking at Lake Louise Alberta, Canada

I have read that in order to park in the lot by Lake Louise you need to arrive before 7:00 am in order to get a parking spot. Or it was recommended to make a reservation with Park and Ride from Lake Louise Village for a certain time. Has anyone recently used Park and Ride? Where is it located this year? Also we originally planned to stay overnight in Banff for a few nights but now are considering changing one night to stay at Lake Louise Village to make this easier. is there a local bus that will take you into the Lake Louise Park area? Which parking option have you used, and what would you recommend?

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You're not showing any dates - are you thinking this summer, or more into Sep & Oct?

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Hello!
we used the Hop on Hop Off bus from Banff in 2018, and it was a good experience back then (I know it’s been several years). Looks like they’re still in business though, here’s the link
https://www.hoponbanff.com/
We had also heard about the tight parking situation at places like Lake Louise, and this bus took the stress out of the day. We used it to get to Johnston Canyon, Moraine Lake, and Lake Louise. It was a full day, and we felt like we had ample time at each spot. It was nice to park the car for the day on a road trip with lots of driving. There is a schedule for the pickups, so it wasn’t like some hop on hop off tours in cities where you spend a lot of time waiting for the bus. You can pick and choose which stops you want to make. Might be worth a look, depending on what you’d like to see and how much time you’re planning to spend at Lake Louise.

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If you're going in the summer, do follow the recommendatione to book your parking and shuttle to Lake Louise. https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/parkbus/louise. Non reserved spots are limited. From this shuttle you can also use the bus to get to Moraine Lake that leaves from the Lake Louise parking lot. Moraine Lake's parking is even worse than Lake Louise. The shuttle parking lot is east of Lake Louise Village just off the south side of the highway.

There is a bus service between Banff and Lake Louise, but the drive to Lake Louise is more convenient with a car. https://www.banfflakelouise.com/explorethepark/transit-and-shuttles

https://roamtransit.com/

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Thank you! It sounds like reserving seats on the Park and Ride shuttle going from Lake Louise is the way to go! I appreciate all of your replies!

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And as if you needed one more link to raise your angst level - but hey

https://www.travelbanffcanada.com/lake-louise-shuttle/

My oh my, how it has all changed in BNP - Banff townsite has been overrun for years but now Lake Louise as well, yeesh. Maybe I just never noticed the uptick in LL, it's always an early morning stop at Laggan's for a latte and a muffin, and then on our way.

No wonder I've always enjoyed Jasper National Park more.

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You can lots of help with a trip to Banff and Lake Louise on the TripAdvisor Canadian Rockies forum.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g154910-i220-Banff_National_Park_Alberta.html

Are you driving your own car, or flying to Calgary and getting a rental car? If the latter, have you already reserved the car? If not, you may be a bit shocked at the price—they are very scarce this summer, and the ones that are available are expensive, like $2000 CDN for a 6-day rental.

Lodging prices are way up as well, and some places have 2-or 3-night minimums. Not to discourage you from going, but just so you are prepared for sticker shock and/or lack of reasonable accommodation.

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Hi Lola, We booked our hotel accommodations 11 months ago and our car rental 8 months ago, so we have really reasonable rates. I love Trip Advisor. We are now fine tuning our trip and looking forward to it. So glad we do not have to test for Covid before we return to the United States.

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Excellent. I am so glad you got it all booked early! Such a beautiful place.