Those hoping to visit Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, or Lake O’Hara this summer had better have a friends with a vehicle.
Parks Canada has announced that is has suspended the shuttle services to these three Rocky Mountain locations this year as a result of COVID-19.
Though the agency is gradually reopening services at its national parks, “visitors should not expect the kind of experience that they have had in the past,” a release states.
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Camping at some of Park’s Canada’s parks — some front country and most backcountry campgrounds in Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay national parks — is expected to resume starting June 22, though shuttle services will not be available.
Those with reservations at the Lake O’Hara campground will still be able to camp, but will need to make an 11 km one-way trip by foot to get there.
Anyone wishing to cancel their reservations in light of this will be refunded with no cancellation fees, as well as those who had prior reservations for shuttle service to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.
Biking is not permitted on the access road to Lake O’Hara, the release notes.
“Visitors planning to complete the round trip should be prepared to hike in wildlife habitat, make noise, carry bear spray and know how to use it, and ensure all warnings and closures are respected.”
A full list of campsites, services, and trails that are open (or remain closed) in Canada’s national parks can be found at Park’s Canada’s website.