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Moraine Lake is Now Closed to Cars Year-Round

Access to several famous climbs just got a little trickier now that people can only access the area via a shuttle, walking or with a bike

Anyone who’s visited Banff National Park’s Lake Louise or Moraine Lake in the past few years knows that finding a parking spot is hard. Well, now Parks Canada has closed Moraine Lake entirely to personal vehicles year-round.

Parks Canada announced, “New in 2023 – Moraine Lake Road is closed to personal vehicles Moraine Lake Road is closed to personal vehicles year round. Parks Canada shuttles, Roam Public Transit, and commercial buses are permitted from June to mid-October.”

Parks Canada website screenshot at 10 a.m. MST on Jan. 6, 2023
Parks Canada website screenshot at 10 a.m. MST on Jan. 6, 2023

The Moraine Lake road accesses some of the Canadian Rockies most amazing big mountain routes, including those on Mount Temple, Grand Sentinel and Valley of the Ten Peaks. Climbers will now have to book a shuttle to get a lift. Alternatively, you could ride a bike or walk up the 12.8-kilometre paved road.

This afternoon, Parks Canada announced on Facebook about the changes. See the post here to read people’s thoughts about the decision.