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Now you have booked your self-drive holiday around Canada you may have a few questions about driving in Canada. We have put together some helpful advice to make your driving experience stress free. 

It is legal to drive in Canada with your valid full UK license, you will be driving on the opposite side of the road which does take some getting used to, but roads are well-signposted and nicely maintained. As in the UK, seatbelts are mandatory and you are required to obey speed limits, take extra care when driving in national parks and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.
If you are travelling with children, it is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with the local Car seat/Booster guidelines, be aware that rules do vary from province to province. Most airlines do allow you to check a pram and car seat in addition to the child’s hold luggage allowance alternately you can request the appropriate car seat from your consultant at any time, subject to availability.


Helpful Links:

Canadian Car Seat Guidelines

Airline Car Seat Travel Advice:


Air Canada

British Airways


While exploring the abundance of Parks on offer you have the option to pre-purchase an annual Discovery Pass that can be posted to you directly or you can purchase day passes at various kiosks located at entry points to the parks and in towns. It really depends on your travel style as to which option you choose. Just a gentle reminder this system isn’t designed to be difficult or to catch anyone out, it’s simply in place to invest back into parks for the future enjoyment of everyone.
  • Unlimited admission to over 80 Parks Canada administered places.
  • The  Discovery Passes your gateway to history, nature, and adventure from coast to coast
  • Purchased in advance online or when you enter the park (at the designated toll booth) 
  • Approx costs: Adult: $72.25CAD / Family (7 people in Vehicle): $145.25CAD
  • Info: Passes, permits and fees
  • Annual passes are valid for 12 full months from the date of purchase 
  • Pays for itself in as little as seven days (compared to daily admission fees)
  • Must be purchased directly from Parks Canada
  • Free admission for youth 17 and under
Single Location Passes
Available Online for limited locations, or purchased locally at park entry points and selected visitor centres.

Visiting Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

Discovery Parks Canada are closing the Moraine Lake Road to personal cars while they improve the road. There is plenty of other ways to visit Lake Louise and Moraine Lake including a shuttle bus or walk. 

Visit Parks of Canada for more details and the most up to date information. 


2024 Shuttle Bookings

The Moraine Lake shuttle bus is due to open for bookings on 18th April 2024 on the Parks Canada website:


We highly recommend booking a space as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment as spaces get booked up quickly.

We expect the road to be open to Moraine Lake around the last week in May. Potentially a lingering winter and weather can affect when the road opens.

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