Day Trips – Summer or Winter
If you are unable to stay at the lodge yet still wish to visit this magical place you have some options.
During the summer season Parks Canada operates a shuttle bus service for people wishing to visit the area for the day to hike the network of trails. Limited availability for these “Day Seats” on the bus makes them a hot commodity. Check out Parks Canada’s website for information about reserving a seat on their shuttle bus. You can always show up in the morning in hopes that a seat has opened up or walk the 11 km access road into the lake.
Day facilities are limited at the lake so come prepared. The bus stop at the lake is located at Le Relais, a day shelter serving light snacks and providing trail information, operated by the Lake O’Hara Trails Club.
The Lodge welcomes non-registered guests to visit the lodge between 10 am and 3 pm each day. Services for day visitors are limited however we do offer afternoon tea from 3 pm to 4 PM each day. Space is limited and is offered on a first come first serve basis starting at 3 p.m. We often have room for area visitors to join us for lunch served at noon daily. As we only have one seating for lunch, you must check availability with us at the front desk, the day of, prior to 11 a.m. We do not accept credit cards at Lake O’Hara Lodge, so payment is cash only.
Winter at O’Hara
When snow blankets the area in winter, skiing becomes the mode of transportation. During our ski season we track set the access trail weekly with our groomer leaving behind a beautiful corduroy path with twin tracks, great for cross country skiers. The track set trail provides for a great days excursion. If you are a strong skier you can even combine it with the Parks Canada track set trails from Lake Louise. On weekends during our operational season, the Lodge offers a light lunch of soup, salad, dessert and coffee or tea. We serve this between noon and 2 PM Saturdays and Sundays only. No reservations are required and it is cash only for payment. You can always check out the ski conditions on our website.