Lake O’Hara Bus Schedule 2023

The Lake O’Hara bus schedule in 2023 and the booking process are similar to previous years.

Lake O’Hara Day-trippers

To book a seat for the 2023 Lake O’Hara hiking season as a day-tripper, enter the lottery through the PARKS CANADA RESERVATION SERVICE throughout the month of March. Those lucky enough to win a seat will be notified in early April, but you must then register your intent and pay the bus fare, or your seats will be placed back into the pool.

Buses for day visitors depart the parking lot between Lake Louise and Field between mid-June and early October at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., returning at 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.

Reservations are only required for the inbound shuttle; outgoing buses fill on demand.

Lake O’Hara Campers and Hut Guests

Your campsite reservation at Lake O’Hara includes a seat on the bus, so if you are planning on camping you do not need to make bus reservations separately.

Likewise, if you are staying at the Elizabeth Parker Hut, your reservation includes a seat on the bus.

Lake O’Hara Lodge

Guests at Lake O’Hara Lodge do not need to make bus reservations through the Parks Canada system. The lodge has its own bus that transports guests between the Trans-Canada Highway parking lot and the lake on a separate schedule that you will be sent upon making a lodge reservation.

Plan ahead if you want to secure a seat on the Lake O’Hara bus in 2023.