What to expect during your visit to the Rockies

It's a big year! 2017 marks Canada's 150th birthday. With celebrations come crowds - we recommend you allow extra time to get where you're going. Stay relaxed by riding free shuttles and local transportation where possible. Here's our a handy guide for your trip to Banff and Jasper national parks. 

Inspiration for your trip

Driving directions & getting around

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Inspiration for your trip to the Rockies

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Driving Times & Getting Here

Have you booked your attractions tour time?

Tour times fill quickly. We strongly recommend reserving a time before you visit the attractions.



We strongly encourage the use of the free Banff Gondola Shuttle from downtown Banff (approximately every 30 minutes). Allow approximately 20 minutes to arrive at the Gondola from downtown Banff, (Keep in mind that this can increase during peak times). Make sure you leave enough time before your Banff Gondola tour time!

Free Banff Gondola Shuttle schedule
Opening hours
Banff Gondola FAQ's


The Banff Lake Cruise is now closed for winter and will reopen in Spring 2018. New for 2017: Roam Transit is now offering a free service to Lake Minnewanka. Parking is limited at Lake Minnewanka and guests are strongly encouraged to arrive by sightseeing tour or shuttle. Allow approximately 30 minutes to get to the lake. We recommend you aim to arrive 30 minutes prior to your cruise tour time.

Getting to Banff Lake Cruise
Opening hours
Banff Lake Cruise FAQ's



The Maligne Lake Cruise is now closed for winter and will reopen in Spring 2018. Maligne Lake Cruise is 48 km from the Jasper townsite - allow yourself 1 hour and 20 minutes to drive from downtown Jasper. We recommend you arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour time. With an abundance of viewpoints and potential wildlife sightings en route, you may want to allow yourself extra time to reach the lake so you can enjoy the drive.

Directions to Maligne Lake
Opening hours


The Glacier Adventure and Skywalk are now closed for winter and will reopen in Spring 2018. The Glacier Adventure and Glacier Skywalk are located at the Columbia Icefield near the south entrance of Jasper National Park. The drive will take you approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from downtown Banff and 1 hour and 30 minutes from Jasper. You'll want to plan to spend at least 3 hours to enjoy the entire experience. Be sure to arrive 30 minutes prior to your booked tour time. Parking for both attractions is at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. 

Details and maps
Opening hours
Glacier Adventure FAQ's
Glacier Skywalk FAQ's



Check in time at Elk + Avenue is 4PM. We are located at 333 Banff Avenue. We offer complimentary heated underground parking on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For full driving directions and maps
Elk + Avenue FAQ's


The Glacier View Inn is located at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre, approximately 2h 30m drive from Banff and 1h 30m drive from Jasper. Parking for hotel guests is at a separate parking lot on the south side of the building. Note your name and guest confirmation with the parking attendant upon arrival. The front desk is located inside the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre. 
Full driving instructions and map
Glacier View Inn FAQ's

Have you booked your transfers?

With 125 years of outstanding service behind us, we're proud to provide the best travel experience. Brewster Express provides transfer services connecting Calgary to Banff, Canmore, Kananaskis, Lake Louise and Jasper.

Sit back and relax in one of our brand new coaches - with luxury seating and large viewing windows. Take advantage of your driver’s extensive knowledge and passion for the Rockies - our entire team is here to make your visit unforgettable.

Why book with Brewster
  • 15% discount on return trips
  • More stops in the Canadian Rockies
  • Complimentary onboard WiFi
  • No change/cancellation fees*
  • To-the-door service in Banff
*Modify or cancel your trip up to 90 minutes prior to your departure.
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Local Events

You may also want to check out Banff & Lake Louise Tourism events or Tourism Jasper events listings. 

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