Banff & Canmore Transit

The Bow Valley Regional Transit Commission is the transit system serving the towns of Banff and Canmore, Alberta. Local Banff Transit service, also called Roam currently operates 3 routes with a fleet of 6 buses. The regional connection service between Canmore and Banff operates with 2 buses and 1 route. The first 4 buses are 2008 Nova Bus LFS HEV diesel electric hybrids, these are numbered 1 to 4 and operate on local service routes 1 and 2. In 2012, two Chevrolet/Sprit of Mobility Arboc minibuses also joined the Roam fleet, numbered 7 and 8. These buses have various uses, often assigned to the weekend only route 4 or other routes during less busy times. The two Canmore connector buses in the fleet are 2012 Nova Bus LFS units, numbered 5 and 6. Buses #9 and #10 are Chinese built Vicinity buses marketed & sold through Grande West, a Canadian company. These buses in 2016 saw a mixed use of service on various routes. All 10 of the buses feature unique liveries featuring wildlife photography from Banff National park. The system is given the brand name "Roam" and has gone relatively high tech in comparision with many other small systems in Canada with the use of hybrid buses, electronic fare boxes and GPS supported real time stop information. Operation of Banff Transit (Roam) is currently contracted to Brewster Transportation. Roam, began service on June 2, 2008. The Canmore connector service began operating on December 3rd, 2012.

Prior to Brewster opearting the service, Banff Transportation and Tours was the operator. They operated 1 Ex-AC Transit (#2535) 1989 New Flyer D40 (Bus #3) and 2 Ex-Bakersfield 1990 Orion 01.507 (Bus #1 and #2) from 2005 to 2007. Pinnalce was given the contract for a period of time as well, they solely operated the service for the Winter 2007-2008 season with a fleet of 1992 ElDorado National Escort RE buses. Previous to 2005, the service has been operated by other equipment including custom built lighter duty buses and at least one Orion 01.503 bus, #35.


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Banff Transit (Roam)- Town of Banff
(Originally- Brewster Transportation)

Thumbnail Model Fleet Number Year Description Photo Date (M/D/Y)
Nova Bus LFS HEV 1 2008 #1 seen at Compound and Hawk Road on driver training or road testing shortly after delivery. 5/02/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 1 2008 #1 seen on Railroad Avenue on driver training or road testing shortly after delivery. 5/02/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 1 2008 #1 seen on Banff Avenue working Route 3. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 1 2008 #1 seen on detour working Route 3. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 1 2008 #1 seen on Banff Avenue working Route 3. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 1 2008 #1 seen on Banff Avenue working Route 3. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 1 2008 #1 arriving at Banff Springs Hotel working Route 1. 5/16/2009
Nova Bus LFS HEV 1 2008 #1 westbound on Spray Avenue working Route 2 Tunnel Mountain. 8/16/2011
Nova Bus LFS HEV 1 2008 #1 westbound on Spray Avenue working Route 2 Tunnel Mountain. 8/26/2017
Nova Bus LFS HEV 1 Rear 2008 #1 seen on Railroad Avenue on driver training or road testing shortly after delivery. 5/02/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 1 Rear 2008 #1 seen on Compound Road while on driver training or road testing shortly after delivery. 5/02/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 1 Rear 2008 #1 seen turning onto Caribou from Beaver Street while on driver training or road testing shortly after delivery. 5/02/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 1 Rear 2008 #1 seen on Banff Avenue working Route 3. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 1 Rear 2008 #1 eastbound on Spray Avenue working Route 2 Tunnel Mountain. 8/26/2017
Nova Bus LFS HEV 1 Interior 2008 #1's interior looking towards the front. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 2 2008 #2 seen detouring on Hawk Street working Route 1 Banff Avenue. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 2 2008 #2 seen turning onto Banff Avenue working Route 1 heading towards Banff Springs Hotel. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 2 2008 #2 seen detouring on Beaver Street working Route 1 Banff Avenue. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 2 2008 #2 seen detouring on Beaver Street working Route 1 Banff Avenue. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 2 2008 #2 seen on Banff Avenue working Route 1. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 2 2008 #2 climbing Mountain Avenue working Route 1 Sulphur Mountain. 9/12/2009
Nova Bus LFS HEV 2 2008 #2 at the base of Sulphur Mountain working Route 1 Sulphur Mountain. 9/12/2009
Nova Bus LFS HEV 2 2008 #2 at the base of Sulphur Mountain working Route 1 Sulphur Mountain. 9/12/2009
Nova Bus LFS HEV 2 2008 #2 climbing Mountain Avenue working Route 1 Sulphur Mountain. 6/28/2010
Nova Bus LFS HEV 2 2008 #2 at the base of Sulphur Mountain working Route 1 Sulphur Mountain. 6/28/2010
Nova Bus LFS HEV 2 2008 #2 arriving at Sulphur Mountain working Route 1. 2/18/2012
Nova Bus LFS HEV 2 2008 #2 westbound on Spray Avenue working Route 1 Sulphur Mountain. 8/26/2017
Nova Bus LFS HEV 2 Rear 2008 #2 seen on Banff Avenue wokring Route 1 Banff Avenue. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 2 Rear 2008 #2 seen on Banff Avenue wokring Route 1 Banff Avenue. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 2 2008 #2 seen detouring on Beaver Street working Route 1 Banff Avenue. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 2 2008 #2 seen detouring on Beaver Street working Route 1 Banff Avenue. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 2 2008 #2 descending Mountain Avenue working Route 1 Banff Avenue. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 3 2008 #3 on Banff Avenue working Route 1 Sulphur Mountain. 9/12/2009
Nova Bus LFS HEV 3 2008 #3 at the base of Sulphur Mountain working Route 1 Sulphur Mountain. 9/12/2009
Nova Bus LFS HEV 3 2008 #3 westbound on Spray Avenue working Route 1. 8/24/2011
Nova Bus LFS HEV 3 2008 #3 turning onto Spray Avenue working Route 1 Sulphur Mountain. 8/24/2011
Nova Bus LFS HEV 3 Rear 2008 #3 at the base of Sulphur Mountain working Route 1 Sulphur Mountain. 9/12/2009
Nova Bus LFS HEV 3 Rear 2008 #3 at the base of Sulphur Mountain working Route 1 Sulphur Mountain. 9/12/2009
Nova Bus LFS HEV 3 Rear 2008 #3 on Banff Avenue working Route 1. 8/24/2011
Nova Bus LFS HEV 4 2008 #4 on Beaver Street working Route 2. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 4 2008 #4 on Beaver Street working Route 2. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 4 2008 #4 on Caribou Street working Route 2. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 4 2008 #4 southbound on Banff Avenue working Route 1. 8/18/2016
Nova Bus LFS HEV 4 2008 #4 southbound on Banff Avenue working Route 1 Sulphur Mountain. 6/17/2017
Nova Bus LFS HEV 4 Rear 2008 #4 at Beaver and Caribou Streets working Route 2. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS HEV 4 Rear 2008 #4 at Beaver and Caribou Streets working Route 2. 6/13/2008
Nova Bus LFS 5 2012 #5 on Hawk Avenue by the transit garage heading to its run. 5/19/2013
Nova Bus LFS 5 2012 #5 on Hawk Avenue by the transit garage heading to its run. 5/19/2013
Nova Bus LFS 5 2012 #5 on Banff Avenue working Route 3 heading to Canmore. 5/19/2013
Nova Bus LFS 5 Rear 2012 #5 on Hawk Avenue by the transit garage heading to its run. 5/19/2013
Nova Bus LFS 5 Rear 2012 #5 on Banff Avenue waiting to head to Canmore working Route 3. 8/16/2016
Nova Bus LFS 6 2012 #6 on Banff Aenue working Route 3 heading to Canmore. 5/19/2013
Nova Bus LFS 6 2012 #6 on Banff Aenue working Route 3 heading to Canmore. 5/19/2013
Nova Bus LFS 6 Rear 2012 #6 on Banff Aenue working Route 3 heading to Canmore. 5/19/2013
Chevrolet-Arboc 7 2012 #7 at the Sulphur Mountain Gondola working Route 4 Cave & Basin. 7/14/2013
Chevrolet-Arboc 7 2012 #7 at the Sulphur Mountain Gondola working Route 4 Cave & Basin. 7/14/2013
Chevrolet-Arboc 7 2012 #7 southbound on Banff Avenue working Route 4 Cave & Basin. 8/26/2017
Chevrolet-Arboc 7 Rear 2012 #7 at the Sulphur Mountain Gondola working Route 4 Cave & Basin. 7/14/2013
Chevrolet-Arboc 7 Rear 2012 #7 at the Banff Railway Station working Route 4 Cave & Basin. 8/26/2017
Chevrolet-Arboc 8 2012 #8 at the Sulphur Mountain Gondola working Route 4 Cave & Basin. 5/19/2013
Chevrolet-Arboc 8 2012 #8 at the Sulphur Mountain Gondola working Route 4 Cave & Basin. 5/19/2013
Chevrolet-Arboc 8 2012 #8 at the Sulphur Mountain Gondola working Route 4 Cave & Basin. 5/19/2013
Chevrolet-Arboc 8 2012 #8 at the Sulphur Mountain Gondola working Route 4 Cave & Basin. 5/18/2014
Chevrolet-Arboc 8 2012 #8 turning onto Elk Run Blvd. from Lady MacDonald Dr. in Canmore working Route 5 Downtown. 3/30/2017
Chevrolet-Arboc 8 Rear 2012 #8 at the Sulphur Mountain Gondola working Route 4 Cave & Basin. 5/19/2013
Chevrolet-Arboc 8 Rear 2012 #8 at the Sulphur Mountain Gondola working Route 4 Cave & Basin. 5/19/2013
Grande West Vicinity 9 2016 #9 southbound on Banff Avenue working Route 1 Banff Avenue - Sulphur Mountain. 8/16/2016
Grande West Vicinity 9 2016 #9 southbound on Banff Avenue working Route 1 Banff Avenue - Sulphur Mountain. 8/20/2016
Chevrolet-Arboc 9 2016 #9 southbound on 8th Avenue in Canmore working Route 5 Downtown. 3/30/2017
Grande West Vicinity 9 Rear 2016 #9 southbound on Banff Avenue working Route 1 Banff Avenue - Sulphur Mountain. 8/16/2016
Chevrolet-Arboc 9 Rear 2016 #9 southbound on Lady Macdonald Drive in Canmore working Route 5 Downtown. 3/30/2017
Grande West Vicinity 10 2016 #10 parked at the transit garage in Banff. 8/16/2016
Grande West Vicinity 10 2016 #10 arriving in Banff turning onto Mount Norquay Road arriving from Canmore working Route 3. 8/18/2016
Chevrolet-Arboc 10 2016 #10 turning onto Elk Run Blvd. from Lady Macdonald Drive in Canmore working Route 5 Downtown. 3/30/2017
Chevrolet-Arboc 10 2016 #10 turning onto Elk Run Blvd. from Lady Macdonald Drive in Canmore working Route 5 Downtown. 3/30/2017
Grande West Vicinity 10 Rear 2016 #10 on Banff Avenue waiting to head to Canmore working Route 3. 8/18/2016
Chevrolet-Arboc 10 Rear 2016 #10 southbound on Lady Macdonald Drive in Canmore working Route 5 Downtown. 3/30/2017
Nova Bus LFS 11 2016 #11 at the downtown Canmore Tranist Terminal working Route 3 Banff. 6/17/2017
Nova Bus LFS 11 2016 #11 at the downtown Canmore Tranist Terminal working Route 3. 6/17/2017
Nova Bus LFS 11 2016 #11 turning onto Banff Avenue from Spray Avenue working Route 1 Sulphur Mountain. 8/26/2017
Nova Bus LFS 11 Rear 2016 #11 at the downtown Canmore Tranist Terminal working Route 3 Banff. 6/17/2017
Nova Bus LFS 11 Rear 2016 #11 turning onto Spray Avenue from Banff Avenue working Route 1 Sulphur Mountain. 8/26/2017
Nova Bus LFS 12 2016 #12 turning onto Banff Avenue from Spray Avenue working Route 2 Tunnel Mountain. 8/26/2017
Nova Bus LFS 12 2016 #12 turning onto Spray Avenue from Banff Avenue working Route 2 Tunnel Mountain. 8/26/2017
Nova Bus LFS 12 Rear 2016 #12 turning onto Spray Avenue from Banff Avenue working Route 2 Tunnel Mountain. 8/26/2017
Nova Bus LFS 13 2017 #13 at the Banff Railway Station working Route 6 Downtown. 6/17/2017
Nova Bus LFS 13 2017 #13 departing Lake Minnewanka working Route 6 Two Jack Lake. 8/26/2017
Nova Bus LFS 13 2017 #13 at the Banff Railway Station working Route 6 Downtown. 8/26/2017
Nova Bus LFS 13 Rear 2017 #13 at Banff High School working Route 6 Two Jack Lake. 6/17/2017
Nova Bus LFS 13 Rear 2017 #13 at the Banff Railway Station working Route 6 Downtown. 6/17/2017
Nova Bus LFS 13 Rear 2017 #13 laying over at Lake Minnewanka working Route 6 Downtown. 8/26/2017

Banff Transit- Banff Transportation and Tours
(No Longer in Operation)
Thumbnail Model Fleet Number Year Description Photo Date (M/D/Y)
Orion 01.507 1 1990 #1 seen arriving at the Caribou Terminal working Route 2 Tunnel Mountain. 6/06/2007
Orion 01.507 1 1990 #1 seen at the Caribou Terminal working Route 2 Tunnel Mountain. 6/06/2007
Orion 01.507 1 1990 #1 seen at the Caribou Terminal working Route 2 Tunnel Mountain. 6/06/2007
Orion 01.507 1 1990 #1 seen at the Tunnel Mountain campground entrance working Route 2. 6/06/2007
Orion 01.507 1 Rear 1990 #1 seen at the Caribou Terminal working Route 2 Tunnel Mountain. 6/06/2007
Orion 01.507 1 Rear 1990 #1 seen at the Caribou Terminal working Route 2 Tunnel Mountain. 6/06/2007
Orion 01.507 1 Rear 1990 #1 seen at the Tunnel Mountain campground entrance working Route 2. 6/06/2007
Orion 01.507 1 Driver's Area 1990 #1's driver's area is seen here. 6/06/2007
Orion 01.507 1 Interior 1990 #1's interior looking towards the front. 6/06/2007
Orion 01.507 1 Interior 1990 #1's interior looking towards the back. 6/06/2007
Orion 01.507 2 1990 #2 seen laying over on Banff Avenue on Route 4 Spray Avenue. 2/20/2007
Orion 01.507 2 1990 #2 seen laying over on Banff Avenue on Route 4 Spray Avenue. 2/20/2007
Orion 01.507 2 Rear 1990 #2 seen laying over on Banff Avenue on Route 4 Spray Avenue. 2/20/2007
New Flyer D40 3 1989 #3 seen on Banff Avenue on Route 3 . 2/20/2007
New Flyer D40 3 1989 #3 seen on Banff Avenue on Route 3 . 2/20/2007
New Flyer D40 3 1989 #3 seen by the Caribou Terminal working Route 1. 6/06/2007
New Flyer D40 3 1989 #3 seen by the Caribou Terminal working Route 1. 6/06/2007
New Flyer D40 3 1989 #3 seen by the Caribou Terminal working Route 1. 6/06/2007
New Flyer D40 3 Rear 1989 #3 seen on Banff Avenue on Route 3 . 2/20/2007
New Flyer D40 3 Rear 1989 #3 seen laying over at the Caribou Terminal working Route 1. 6/06/2007
Unknown Banff Transit Unknown A Banff Transit Bus seen here arriving at the Banff Springs Hotel shortly before heading back to the RV parking lot in the townsite. 7/26/2003
Unknown Banff Transit Unknown A Banff Transit Bus seen here in downtown Banff on its way to the Banff Springs Hotel. 7/26/2003
Unknown Banff Transit Unknown A Banff Transit Bus seen here leaving a downtown Banff bus stop. 7/26/2003
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