Lake O'Hara's 2020 bus reservations to be determined by random draw

Nov 21 2019, 1:46 pm

Lake O’Hara is undoubtedly one of Alberta’s most beautiful places to visit.

With its stunning views, crystal clear waters, and lush forests, it’s no wonder that so many Albertans and visitors alike flock to this part of the Rocky Mountains.

The amount of attention could also be its biggest downfall for would-be travellers.

Parks Canada recently announced that the shuttle bus that takes people the 11 km up to the Lake O’Hara trailhead will be reserved on a new random draw system to”improve the reservation experience for visitors and help to ensure all online users have a chance at securing a reservation for a seat on the Lake O’Hara bus.”

Those hoping to secure a spot will need to pay a non-refundable $10 fee to even submit an application, with the chance of not even being picked in the random draw.

If you are picked, you’ll have two weeks to confirm your reservation before they draw another applicant.

The release also noted that overnight camping reservations for the area will be working a little differently starting in 2020.

All camping in the Lake O’Hara area will operate on a first come, first served reservation model online, starting at 8 am on January 24.

Be sure to have your alarm set for that day and time if you’re hoping to spend the night at Lake O’Hara this upcoming camping season.

Reservations can be made through the Parks Canada Reservation Service.

Hiking up the 11 km trailhead (with about 500 metres elevation) is allowed, according to Parks Canada’s website, but keep in mind that buses will not stop for hikers and a ride out is not guaranteed.