Lake O'Hara Bus Information
The Lake O'Hara area is one of the most spectacular places in Canada. Wildlife abounds, the hiking trails are extensive and varied and the surrounding high mountains are simply incredible. For these reasons, all of the facilities at Lake O'Hara are busy during the summer months. There is a campground, a lodge, and two Alpine Club of Canada huts Abbot and Elizabeth Parker.
To get to any of these facilities, one must either hike 12km or take a scheduled bus. While the trail which parallels the bus road is a nice hike, we recommend you catch the bus and save your energy for the more spectacular hikes in and around the many alpine lakes, tarns, moraines and high traverses which surround Lake O'Hara.
The following information is in regards to taking the bus into Lake O'Hara during the summer months. Personal vehicles and mountain bikes are not allowed on the road or on the hiking trail that parallels the road. The road is normally plowed and ready for hiking from the end of May.
Bus Schedule and Prices
The Alpine Club of Canada only takes bus reservations for people staying at Elizabeth Parker or Abbot Pass huts – we do NOT book people on the bus for day trips or camping. For day trips or camping, people must book the bus through Parks Canada (see information below).
Lake O'Hara Reservation Line
Don't forget to be 20-25 minutes early for any bus you take into Lake O'Hara. The bus leaves ON TIME, and you must allow time for luggage loading prior to departure.
The ACC is allotted 12 seats on all of the in-going buses. See below for tips on how to possibly get on a morning bus even if you can only reserve space on an afternoon bus.
You cannot reserve space on an outgoing bus – it is first come, first served.
Children under the age of two do not need to be booked on the bus as long as they sit on their parents’ laps. If the child is two or older, they MUST have a bus booking.
Bus Cancellation Policy
We now require 72 hours cancellation notice for Lake
O’Hara bus reservations. If we do not receive proper cancellation
notification, your Lake O’Hara bus reservation will be NON-REFUNDABLE.
There is a way to get a head-start on the summer rush. From June 1 to 16, you can book up to 24 spaces in the hut, and a special bus that will take your group to Lake O’Hara and back to the parking area (round-trip). The minimum bus charge is $225 based on 15 visitors. Each visitor over that number will pay $15 per person. A three week advanced notice is required if this service is desired. To reserve the early season bus, please contact Bob Weaver at (403) 870-1687 or refer to the following website: www.exploringcanada.comGetting on an Earlier Bus
If you already have a bus and hut booking for either Abbot or Elizabeth Parker, but did not get the early bus time you wanted, there may be a way for you to get on an earlier bus. If you have a 3:30pm or 5:30pm booking, you may show up for the 8:30am or 10:30am bus and hope that there are empty spaces on the bus. There are no guarantees, but you likely have a good chance if your group is small. Do not call Parks or Lake O'Hara Lodge to try and get an earlier bus they can not help you!Bus and Hut Rules
Each person is allowed 2 pieces of luggage - backpacks or duffel bags (25 kg. maximum per person). If you have ice axes and crampons on your pack, you must remove these prior to handing your pack over to the bus driver. The sharp items will be loaded separately.
If you are staying at the Elizabeth Parker Hut, please remember the following:
Don't forget that adults over 16 must have backcountry wilderness passes to stay overnight at both the Abbot and Elizabeth Parker huts. A Parks Canada representative will be checking for proof of your pass on the bus. We encourage you to buy these passes from the ACC, as 40% of the monies collected goes to a special huts account for our heritage huts and environmental improvements.Other Facilities
To book the Lake O'Hara campground or to get a day
trip seat on the bus, call (250) 343-6433. You can view their website
To book a space at the Lake O'Hara Lodge, call (403) 678-4110 or (250) 343-6418. Their web address is http://www.lakeohara.com/
For more details on the Lake O'Hara bus system, or to reserve the Elizabeth Parker or Abbot huts, contact our National Office:
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