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Park Pass

Calgary, Canada
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Park Pass

Hi there,

We are heading to Banff for the weekend & will be staying in a hotel with underground parking! We don't plan on using the vehicle over the weekend, so I'm wondering if we're still required to purchase a park pass? The individual at hotel reservations was not able to give me answer!

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Park Pass

Technically yes... you need a pass to take your vehicle into Banff. In the real world... who knows if the parking pass cops are trolling underground parking lots. My guess is no, but no one can tell you that for sure. Besides, what's the big deal? You're using the Park so why not support its maintenance and upkeep?

In any case you live in Calgary so an Annual Park Pass should be a given for you, no?

Have fun.



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Unless you are driving straight thru the park with no stops for lunch or washroom breaks or anything else, you are required to have a park pass.

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I work for Banff Lodging Co, and yes you do need a park pass if you are staying in Banff. This is not monitored by your hotel, but by Parks Canada. I agree you are using the Park so why not support its maintenance and upkeep. There are fences all along the highway for your safety and for the safety of the wildlife.

Enjoy your stay,


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Disneyland's Park Pass is $100 per day per person. Banff is a screaming deal, a different experience admittedly, and the price reflects that, but of no less value (some might argue substantially more value) than a day at Disneyland. Don't you think that's worth paying for?

Otherwise the government may have to turn to the mining and forestry industries to pay for the staff and roads. That would be a travesty.

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5. Re: Park Pass

The answer to this question is always: "Yes, you need a park pass" to visit the town of Banff.

If you're from Calgary, why not purchase a yearly pass? This will allow you to come and go in and out of the park any time you like. It will allow you to come for a spontaneous drive in Spring and Summer and the potential to explore all of the Rocky Mountain National Parks whenever you like. It's a great investment in your future enjoyment!


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