Lake Minnewanka Service - Starts May 17th, 2019 and last day of service is September 22nd.
Roam Route 6 services the rugged and beautiful Lake Minnewanka. This summer service leaves downtown Banff every 30 minutes and takes approximately 25 minutes to reach the lake. The service operates 7 days a week and the first bus departs at 8AM each morning. Stops along the way include Cascade Ponds, Two Jack Lake campgrounds and days use area. Watch for the Westslope Cutthroat Trout bus as it Roams it's way to this stunning Canadian Rockies destination.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
When is Minnewanka Route 6 local service scheduled to start?
Route 6 Lake Minnewanka starts May 17th, 2019, and the last day of service is September 22nd.
Where does the route go?
The Minnewanka Route 6 will travel from downtown Banff to Lake Minnewanka via the Lake Minnewanka Road. Stops along with way will include Cascade Ponds, Johnson Lake, Two Jack Lakeside Campground, Two Jack Main Campground, Two Jack Day Use Area, Lake Minnewanka Lookout, and finally Lake Minnewanka. The bus will then continue back to Banff along the same route on its way to Banff via the Norquay Exit, with stops at Johnson Lake, the Banff Train Station, and the Banff High School. See here for a detailed route and bus stop map.
What time does service start/end?
The first departure time from downtown Banff will be 8AM, with service on the hour until 10 AM. After 10 AM service increases to every 30 minutes with departures from the Banff High School on the hour and half hour. The last departure from downtown Banff to the lake departs the Banff High School at 8PM. The service will run 7 days a week during the summer months - from May long weekend to the September 15th.
Where can I find a schedule?
The Minnewanka Route 6 schedule/brochure will be available on our web site as well as at our vendor locations.
Will the weekday and weekend routes change?
No, service will be the same 7 days a week, including all holidays Look here for a Minnewanka service route and bus stop map.
Will there be service on statutory holidays?
Yes, there will be service provided on all statutory holidays.
Where are the bus stops, and what do they look like?
Bus stops are located along the way to Lake Minnewanka and will look like this. See our route and stop map for locations.
What does it cost to ride the Minnewanka service?
Minnewanka fares for 2018 are $2 for Adult and $1 for Seniors/Youth. Registered campers can depart from the campsite bus stops for free. Return travel back to the campgrounds is full fare listed above. Look here for detailed fare information.
Can I bring my bike on board?
Exterior bike racks are provided on all Roam service buses. Each bus can carry up to 3 bikes at a time. Look here for our Bike Policy, and scroll down for a short video on how to load your bike on the external bike racks.
Can I bring by pet on board?
Dogs and cats are allowed on Roam buses, as long as they are crated. Service dogs are welcome. See our Pet Policy here for details.
Can I bring my stroller on board?
Yes, strollers are welcome on board all Roam buses. We do require that the aisle is kept free and clear for all passengers. This may require strollers to be collapsed/folded while on the bus. Some larger strollers (Chariots for example) may not be permitted if they are too large when folded and block the middle aisle.
What do your buses look like?
Minnewanka Route 6 buses are fuel efficient fully accessible public transit buses. Keep an eye out for the uniquely wrapped Westslope Cutthroat Trout Roam buses.
Are your buses wheelchair accessible?
Yes, all Roam buses are fully accessible with wheel chair ramp and kneeling capabilities to make getting on and off easier for everyone.
GPS real-time information systemYou will notice LED signs at select stops around Canmore - the number of LED signs will grow over time as we gather ridership details to indicate high-use stops. The GPS real-time information system is designed to tell you how long until the next bus arrives. No more waiting. No more guessing.
Does your stop not have an LED sign? No problem, you can still track your bus arrival online or using your smart device - just specify your route and stop.