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We were lucky to get tickets for the Lake O’Hara shuttle - despite not being computer experts! The... read more

Reviewed September 30, 2018
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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There are enough reviews and information about Lake O'hara on the web--a slice of heaven to be... read more

Reviewed September 18, 2018
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Access from 11-km Lake O'Hara Fire Rd. off Lake Louis-Great Divide Dr., Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed October 21, 2018

I have to say... closing the bus transportation down a day early made no sense whatsoever. After driving 18 hours, camping through 2 days of snow, hiking back and forth to various locations in that snow, and then finally when the weather called for a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

We were lucky to get tickets for the Lake O’Hara shuttle - despite not being computer experts! The bus dropped us off at Le Relais Day Shelter and we walked clockwise on the Lake O’Hara Shoreline trail until we reached the Lake Oesa turnoff. The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

There are enough reviews and information about Lake O'hara on the web--a slice of heaven to be sure, and it would be difficult to add any new insight. I am specifically writing about the bus ride to the Lake for day hikers. Most visitors are...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank ClaireCalgary
Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

After failed in getting a ticket for the bus ( was fully booked within seconds of the released date) we hiked the 12 kilometers Took us 2,5h to get there (last three k are the toughest) Absolutely stunning scenery- we hiked another 2 hours to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

It's a very beautiful spot. The trails from this lake are great as well. The trails are well graded and never go down and then back up - just a gentle uphill walk. The downside is that very few people can visit this site because...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We were fortunate to get tickets on the bus for two days during our stay in the area. Parks Canada limits the number of people who can access the area, and with good reason. This is a fragile alpine ecosystem and many plants have a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Purplegrapefruit
Reviewed August 10, 2018

We couldn't get bus tickets (sold out in seconds), so we decided to hike in. It was a little over 11 km and uphill, but I loved it. The views along the way were beautiful, and we would've missed them taking the shuttle. The lake...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

Stunning views and incredible hiking . Amazing trail network. Beautiful weather. An absolute must on your hiking bucket list!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank sharon o
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

We hiked 11 kilometres up to the Lake. Every kilometer was worth it! Beautiful Lake and the view...WOW! There is also a bus ride ($10 one ride) availaible. No possible to go there by car.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Jana B
Reviewed July 14, 2018

Yes the tickets are hard to get and I couldn't get them for a few years. The only way to get some tickets is to keep refreshing your web browser for the first 2 hours on the day the ticket system opens. Within the two...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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April 10, 2018|
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Response from HopeCanada | Reviewed this property |
Lake O’Hara Bus Schedule 2018 The Lake O'Hara Shuttle The Lake O’Hara Shuttle The Lake O’Hara bus schedule for 2018 is similar to previous years. Buses for day visitors depart the parking lot between Lake Louise and Field... More
August 17, 2017|
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Feedback on itinerary (20 Replies)
Hi everyone! My husband and I are visiting the beautiful Canadian Rockies end of June. We found some great flight deals so we are spending about a week in the Rockies and 3 days in the Vancouver area. Would be great to get your feedback on the Rockies itinerary. We are looking for a mixture of hiking/sightseeing at a relaxed pace. Thursday June 25: Arrive in Calgary in AM Drive to Banff and spend the afternoon exploring the town, sunset drive at Vermillion Lakes Friday June 26 ...More
May 20, 2015|
Response fromcromansydney|
Another beautiful hike in Banff is Sunshine Meadows. It is an easy hike. Do you have tickets for the Lake O'Hara bus? If not, you have 2 options. Walk in on boring uphill 11 km fire road, or turn up in the morning about 7.00 am for 8.30 am bus and hope that there are cancellations and you get a seat that way. It worth staying in the Rockies as much as you have. Try to include Emerald lake and Takkakaw Falls. In Jasper NP, try to include Maligne Canyon. Even if you only have time for the...More
Itenery. All suggestions welcome! (2 Replies)
Hi there, I have only discovered this brilliant forum today. I wish i had discovered it weeks ago when i was racking my brains trying to think of a good route from Vancouver to Calgary. However i'm glad to have found it now because i can check if my plans are any good before i go booking accomodation. If anybody has any advice or suggestions. I would love to take them on board. I am 29 and my husband is 30.We have only two weeks to spend in Canada, the last two in July. We are flying into...More
May 02, 2007|
Response fromBC_Robyn|
For the time being, I will only write about the Vancouver portion of your itinerary. July 14th is obviously fine :) But some extra info - in July, much like Dublin I'd imagine, it stays light out very late, so take advantage of the evening if it's nice out and you aren't too jetlagged. Depending on where you're staying, you can windowshop along Robson and down Denman, and enjoy a bite to eat or a coffee down at English Bay. July 15th - If you want to walk around Vancouver, there are...More
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Advice please on what IS accessible in early June (3 Replies)
Hi, I've been doing lots of reading and researching of this site and was hoping to get some ideas on what will realistically be accessible and open for walking/ hiking in early June around Jasper and Banff national parks. Also if you have any ideas about the BC parks mentioned that would be great (I can post on a separate forum if recommended). So far I'm aware that Lake Louise will hopefully have thawed by the first week of June but that it is generally able to walk around anyway. I think...More
April 22, 2015|
Response fromksneds|
Welcome! Lake Louise should be thawed and the road to Moraine Lake is almost always plowed in late May. That said, the trails may not all be snow free. I'd think this year you shouldn't have any issues at Lake Louise, but Moraine Lake is at a higher altitude so it often takes longer for those trails to be snow free. For both, I would want solid, waterpoof footwear in case of snow./ice/mud. The road to Takkakaw Falls is one of the last to be cleared and that's usually not at least until...More