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, a day shelter and two Alpine Club of Canada huts – Abbot Pass 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.
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.
Please Note: Parks Canada operates Lake O’Hara under a quota system, and by limiting the number of seats sold on the bus they limit the number of visitors in the area each day. Our bus seats are allocated for reservations at the Abbot and Elizabeth Parker huts only.
Parks staff check reservations at the bus stop. If you do not appear to be prepared for an overnight stay but have a hut reservation, you will be refused entry to the bus.