Random Wilderness Camping, Backcountry Camping, Huts

  Designated Back Country Camping

Tent pads accomodate small backpacking tents only. You are only permitted to pitch one tent per site. Wilderness passes are required, they are obtainable from the Field office. If you are mountaineering or climbing, it's more than a good idea to fill out a Voluntary Safety Registration Form. If you do, keep in mind that, by law it must be return at the end of your trip.

 

( Yoho Trail & Camping Map )

McArthur Creek
10 Campsites, 3 of which can be reserved. The area has pit toilets and bear poles. The campsite is located off of the Ottertail Trail in the southern section of the park on the way to Goodsir Pass which will bring you into Kootenay.

Float Creek
4 Campsites, 2 of which can be reserved. There is a bear pole but no toilets so you'll have to bring a trowl. Float creek is located off of the Ottertail Trail. It is the first camping area you'll encounter if you've entered the trail from highway 1 in the south of the park.

Yoho Lake
8 Campsites, with 2 that can be reserved. There is a bear pole as well as pit toilets. The campsites are located off the beautiful Iceline trail, between the Yoho Valley Road (opens in mid-June) and Yoho Pass in the northern section of the park not far from the Whisky Jack Hostel.

Laughing Falls
8 Campsites, 2 can be reserved. The area has pit toilets and bear poles. The designate area is off the trail at the end of the Yoho Valley Road (opens in mid-june) which follows the Yoho River in the northern section of the park. The site is not far from the Whisky Jack Hostel.

Twin Falls
8 Campsites, 2 of which can be reserved. There is a bear pole as well as pit toilets. The campsites are just below the Wapta Glacier, off the trail which starts at the end of Yoho Valley Road (opens in mid-june) in the northern section of the park.

Little Yoho
10 Campsites, 3 can be reserved. The area has bear poles and pit toilets.

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Random Wilderness Camping

No trace camping should be practiced, fires are not permitted in the parks backcountry, so a backpacking stove is essential.
Sites should be chosen carefully to avoid excessive impact. Choose an area well off the road, away from water and the trail. The park has stringent guidelines which you should inquire about. All food must be hung properly to avoid problems with bears.
When you're planning your trip, keep in mind that there is a limit on the number of nights you can camp at any one spot.

There are four random camping areas in the wilderness, Otterhead, Amiskwi and Ice River and Porcupine Valleys.

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Huts - For more info. contact the Alpine Club of Canada

Elizabeth Parker - Lake O'Hara
Abbot Pass Hut - Abbot Pass, above Lake O'Hara on the border with Banff
Stanley Mitchell Hut - Little Yoho Valley it can be reached from the Iceline Trail
Scott Duncan Hut - Mount Daly above the Yoho Valley, on the Waputik Icefield just on the border of Banff National Park