Banff Park Gates

This year has been unusually busy at the Banff National ParkGates. Summer is always a busy time of year in the parks but our trip out to the mountains on Canada Day solidified just how busy the park can be. The traffic was lined up longer than I have ever seen it!

 Here is a local’s tip for how to get around the line ups at the Banff gates: buy an annual pass. Annual Pass holders get to bypass the line up and use a thru-lane on the right hand side of all the line ups. An Annual Pass for a family costs $136.40 ( a day pass is $19.60). You can use the pass at any Canadian National Park too.


You can always split the cost with another family too if you don’t think you will be spending 7 days in the park over the course of the year. The passes are transferable.

If you are just visiting Banff you can purchase a pass before arrive too. Just call them (1.403.760.1343), order your pass by phone and have it delivered to your home before your trip!

Do you have a travel trip for the Banff area? Remember, we are making a cash donation to the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter for every comment made on the blog in August!