Map & Directions
It is important to note that all vehicles in the Lake O’Hara parking lot require a valid National Park Pass. These are available for purchase online, at the Banff National Park gate or any National Park Visitor Centre in the mountain parks.
Driving Directions to the Lake O’Hara Parking Lot
The Lake O’Hara parking lot is located 15 minutes west of the village of Lake Louise, AB or 15 minutes east of the Town of Field, BC. Whether you are approaching Lake O’Hara from the east or west, look for signs on the highway to indicate where to turn.
Coming to Lake O’Hara from the Calgary International Airport ?
Calgary is the closest International Airport to Lake O’Hara. If you are flying into Calgary there are two options for getting to O’Hara. The simplest and often more economical way is by renting a car. All major car rental companies are based out of the airport. The quickest way from the airport is to leave the airport and follow these directions:
- Turn left on Airport Trail
- Exit right onto Deerfoot Trail North
- Exit Stoney Trail West, stay on Stoney Trail until you reach the Trans-Canada Highway exit and head west.
- The Lake O’Hara parking lot is approx. 2.5 hours from the Calgary airport.
Alternatively you can take public transportation to Lake Louise. Brewster Bus lines operates an airport shuttle to Lake Louise several times per day. As the O’Hara parking lot is 20 km from Lake Louise you will need to take a taxi or arrange a pick up with the lodge. The lodge is able to pick up in Lake Louise only on a limited basis, afternoons only and not every day. Call us to discuss in advance.
Please note that it is difficult to get to Lake O’Hara in a single day if travelling by air unless you are able to arrive in Calgary before noon. Similarly, it is difficult to catch any flight departing before 1:30 p.m. on the day of your departure.