How will the proposed Parks Canada parking ban affect your Banff National Park experience?
1.) traffic chaos & limited accessibility for all visitors
Starting this fall, Banff National Park visitors will not be allowed to park on the Sunshine Access Road. Once our main parking lot is full, visitors will have to leave the area to find other parking, either in the Town of Banff at the Lake Minnewanka loop, or one of the distant parking lots elsewhere in Banff that Parks Canada will permit Sunshine to bus visitors from.
Parks Canada’s other option is for visitors to be redirected to park in the Cascade Ponds or Cascade Overflow Campground areas, then take a shuttle bus. But these locations are over 20 km away, resulting in an approximately 46 km round trip.
These locations also offer only limited parking. If they fill up, then vehicles will again be redirected.
This will not only impact Parks visitors to the ski resort, but also affect those wishing to explore trails in the Healy Creek and Sunshine Meadows areas.
Sunshine does not believe this is a viable solution for its visitors.
2.) IF PARKING IS BANNED, PRICES WILL INCREASE for VISITORS TO sunshine village
It is expected that the parking prohibition will reduce visitations to the resort by tens of thousands of people. Lift ticket, lodging, food and sightseeing price increases will be inevitable as the resort maintains current safety and service standards while taking on additional costs to aid visitor accessibility.
3.) PARKING SAFETY IN QUESTION
Once Parks Canada prohibits parking on the Access Road, it may ticket and/or tow those disobeying the ban. Experts have also flagged safety concerns from confusion and aggravation of motorists who are left with nowhere to park once the main parking lot is full.
Considering the roadside ban, Sunshine Village's 20+ specially-trained staff members will not be able to provide assistance to guide users along the Access Road. Instead, guest safety will be left up to the general public.
We value your safety and want to see a safe solution implemented.