Parks Canada Announces Transit and Shuttle Options to Kick-off the 2017 Summer Season

News Release

May 12, 2017                                    Banff, Alberta                                Parks Canada Agency

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government is very pleased to offer free admission to all Parks Canada places in 2017. The FREE Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass provides unlimited opportunities to enjoy national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas across the country.

As Canada’s first national park, Banff will play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150 and is ready to welcome visitors with a series of transit, shuttle and traffic management services. Parks Canada is working with partners in leading a coordinated approach to make it easier to visit Banff National Park car-free this summer.

Visitors are invited to take advantage of transit options that will enable them to travel to and within Banff National Park quickly and easily. Parks Canada is very excited that for the first time, visitors can travel from Calgary to visit Lake Minnewanka, Lake Louise and the Town of Banff all without a vehicle.

As part of this important transit initiative, Parks Canada and its partners will offer an affordable transit service between Calgary and Banff on weekends in summer 2017. Parks Canada has also improved transit options within Banff National Park: Parks Canada is providing shuttle service between the Town of Banff and Lake Louise, a shuttle to the Village and Upper Lake Louise and a shuttle service along the Minnewanka Loop to augment the service from Banff to Lake Minnewanka offered by Roam transit.

These transit options will allow more visitors to experience Banff National Park while helping to manage traffic during the busy summer season.

Parks Canada is encouraging visitors to plan their trips and discover new and exciting destinations in 2017 by consulting Parks Canada’s website for a list of hidden gems and other unique and memorable ways to celebrate Canada 150:


“More Canadians than ever will take advantage of free access and visit our national parks this year. To prepare for Canada 150, the Parks Canada team has been working with partners and communities to make sure visitors have great experiences, especially in our most popular and busiest destinations. I am excited that more visitors will be able to experience Banff National Park car-free this year. This is good for the environment, and it will also reduce traffic in busy areas and support our government’s commitment to preserving our national parks. To make the most of their Canada 150 experience, I encourage all visitors to plan ahead and consult the Parks Canada website.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

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Christie Thomson
Public Relations and Communications
Banff Field Unit
Parks Canada Agency

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