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Experience Summer in Banff

Updated: Jul 9, 2021

Article Credit: Charlton Resorts Read full article here.

The season of sunshine and warmth is here, in Banff National Park.

With the restrictions surrounding Covid-19 slowly lifting and our reopening plan in full effect, we anticipate that we will once again have a strong Canadian summer. We, at Charlton Resorts, would like to welcome you to Banff whether it be your first time or 50th. One of the best ways to experience Banff National Park this summer will be to plan ahead. It's also important to remember to be kind to one another as we are all trying to find our way to return to normal.

Parks Pass

If you are entering Banff National Park, which includes the town of Banff, you will be required to purchase a park pass. This national park pass is sold by Parks Canada and helps with the conservation and maintenance of the National Park.

To purchase a park pass, click here.

Banff Avenue is for Pedestrians

For the second year in a row, the main street in Banff has been turned into a pedestrian zone which allows for social distancing. The Banff Avenue pedestrian zone is vibrant with both outdoor patios and flowers.

Parking in Banff

New this year, the town of Banff will be introducing paid parking to downtown Banff. We will be encouraging visitors to use the free 500-parking lot located next to the train station. The parking lot has very easy access to the highway and is only a 15-minute walk to downtown Banff.

Shuttle Service to Lake Louise & Moraine Lake

Both Lake Louise and Moraine Lake remain very popular locations during the summer months. With limited parking at both lakes, there is a significant problem with traffic congestion and sadly those who travel by car risk getting turned away.

There are thankfully alternatives to getting to the lakes:

  • Shuttles operated by Parks Canada travel to both Lake Louise and Moraine Lake during the summer months. The shuttles depart the Park & Ride parking lot located just outside of the village of Lake Louise. New this year, these shuttles need to reserved in advance

  • The town of Banff also provides its public transit option, offered by Roam, which takes visitors from downtown Banff to Lake Louise.

  • New this year, Parks Canada has implemented paid parking at the Lake Louise parking lot. The shuttles operated by Parks Canada also require reservations in advance. Learn More Here.

Summer Activities

With so many different activities in the Canadian Rockies, we want to make sure you take full advantage of your time here. A popular activity this year is bicycling. With the Bow Valley Parkway being closed once again to vehicle traffic, this gives you a great opportunity to get out into nature. You can enjoy our complimentary cruiser bikes to go along the river trails or out to the beautiful cascade ponds.

Take advantage of some of our packages this year,

  • Picnic in the Park which includes a charcuterie style picnic

  • Hikers Lunch which includes a boxed lunch so you can go exploring

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