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Banff National Park passes now available for purchase online

by Kim Shellborn
Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park.
Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park. — Kim Shellborn photo

Visitors to Banff National Park are now able to pay park entry fees via an electronic purchasing service through the Banff Lake Louise Tourism website. Both day passes and annual Discovery Passes can be purchased up to 31 days prior to arrival.

As one of Canada’s most-visited and treasured attractions, Banff National Park welcomes over three million visitors from near and far through its gates annually, with the majority of them purchasing a pass to the park upon arrival at the entrance gates.

"Parks Canada is pleased to work with Banff Lake Louise Tourism to offer a new way to purchase park passes," said Dave McDonough, Banff field unit superintendent. "Online sales will facilitate quicker entry into the park so that people can enjoy the unparalleled beauty and unique visitor experience opportunities awaiting them in Banff National Park."

Visitors can go to the site banfflakelouise.com to discover activities and accommodation options and at the same time purchase a park pass.

With the busy summer season just ahead and the recent accolades bestowed upon both Banff and Lake Louise by travellers in TripAdvisor’s 2013 Top Ten Destinations in Canada, there has never been a better time to purchase your park pass and enjoy easy access to Canada’s first national park. Based on number of individuals and length of stay, the new online service automatically calculates the most economical pass option and is compatible with iPhone and android devices.

Park entry fees are charged at most national parks and national historic sites in Canada, with revenues directed towards supporting visitor services and facilities.

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