Our Long-Range Plan includes proposed improvements to transportation and parking to help reduce congestion, enhance safety and provide visitors with an exceptional National Park experience.
Right now, we have room for 1,951 cars and 12 buses. These parking stalls are spread over four parking lots with parallel and angle parking along Whitehorn Drive. About 80 per cent of visitors arrive by car and park in one of the day visitor lots. We use parking attendants during peak day periods in the winter to help manage how people park so we can maximize the use of the stalls and available road space.
Within Banff National Park, we actively pursue programs to encourage skiers, riders and other visitors to use the bus or carpool to get to the ski area. In fact, at least 20 per cent of all visitors arrive by bus or private shuttle. Most of our staff members reach the ski area by bus.
In our Long-Range Plan, we have found ways to increase the total parking capacity from 1,951 cars and 12 buses to 3,256 cars and 50 buses. These changes will help us accommodate more guests, manage traffic tie-ups and improve safety for people and wildlife.
The increase in parking space is predicted to cover less than 15 hectares of land. Redesigning our existing parking areas and adding more stalls and drop-off points will help us meet our goal of providing a safe and memorable arrival and departure experience. Most important, this will also eliminate parking along Whitehorn Drive, reducing effects on the Whitehorn Wildlife Corridor, which is bisected by the road. Our plan includes construction of a wildlife crossing structure (underpass) for Whitehorn Drive and relocation of the Fish Creek Road and trailhead parking area. This new access road will allow Parks Canada to remove the lower portion of the existing Fish Creek access road to reduce disturbance within the Whitehorn Wildlife Corridor. The ski area will repair any damage to the trailhead public parking area at Fish Creek resulting from access road re-construction. Drainage improvements to reduce run-off into nearby Fish Creek and Corral Creek will be undertaken by the ski area throughout this access corridor road.
A map of the proposed parking layout is available to download here.
Consultation has concluded