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Yoho National Park

     
 
Yoho was Canada's second designated national park, following in the footsteps of Banff. Nestled into Banff's western border, it is easily reached from its better known sibling through the Kicking Horse Pass, via the Trans-Canada highway. Like Banff, the park origins are closely tied to the Canadian Pacific Railway which drove the first cross Canada rail lines through its very heart. You can still see evidence of just how difficult this undertaking was by visiting the parks spiral tunnels. (Map of Yoho)   Rocky Mountians  
Yoho is often been described as Canada's most beautiful park. Within its borders you'll find two areas that are world renowned for their scenery, Lake O'Hara and Yoho Valley.

Lake O'Hara presents a spectacular vista in an area not far removed from its cousin, Lake Louise. While Lake O'Hara isn't accessible by car, there is a shuttle which runs in the summer, but be aware there is a quota system and seats are limited. Your best option is to hike or ski in, depending on the season.

 
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  If you want to visit Yoho Valley, there's only one option, human locomotion. There no road into the Valley's heart, but even if you're not much on hiking make an exception this time. A hike along the Skyline Trail is definitely worth the effort.
 
If your a water fall chaser, the valley is home to the very impressive Takakkaw Falls, which are amongst the worlds tallest. At the other end of the park, you can hike in and watch the Kicking Horse River leave the park in a very dramatic fashion by way of the Wapta Falls.

The park is known for its glaciers, with the greatest concentration in the northern region where the park touches on the Wapta and Waputik Icefields. Smaller glaciers are dispersed throughout Yoho, most particularly in the eastern sector. If you're looking for a good vantage point, you can hike up the Yoho Valley to get some great views of the icefields. If you have an inquiring mind and you're a seasoned hiker (or just very fit) ask about the guided hikes to view the Burgess Shale fossil area. The area is only accessible from July to October, reservations are mandatory and you must be accompanied by the park appointed guide.

If you're looking for a place to rest your weary head after a day on the trails, the park has over 300 front country campsites. You'll also find several lodges if you need a break from your tent. For additional information, have a look at our accommodations & services section.

Hikers and backpackers will be please with the variety and exceptional beauty of the parks trails, most of which lead into the backcountry. Six backcountry campsites, along with several huts, allow you to put together a wide variety of itineraries. The park also allows random camping in some areas. All overnight stays in the park require a permit.

If mountain biking is your thing, there are over 80 kilometres of fire road open to bikes. These include the Kicking Horse, Amiskwi, Otterhead, Ottertail, Ice River and Ross Lake Trail. horseback riding is allowed on some or the parks trails as well.

Mountaineers and climbers have a lot of options, with the largest concentration of routes accessible from Lake O'Hara. This is also where you'll find one of the parks sport climbing areas. Other areas which have been bandied about include Dennis and Duchesnay Pass.

For whitewater enthusiasts, the park has two rivers (with some excellent beaches) the Yoho and the Kicking Horse. Rafting companies make heavy use of the Kicking Horse River and for good reason, this is a serious whitewater river. If your looking to canoe but your not into whitewater, you have the option of paddling the quieter parts of the whitewater rivers or going for a leisurely paddle on Emerald Lake (canoe rentals are available).

The winter time sees a lot of activity in the park. People come out to see the parks fabulous scenery draped in a heavy blanket of snow. Nordic skiing and snowshoeing will take you to many of the parks wonders. There's an area well known for its telemarking in Little Yoho Valley. Backcountry skiers will find world class routes and conditions, along with an excellent hut system for over night stays. One of the best routes is the well known Wapta Traverse. If you shun huts, you always have the option of doing some winter camping.

 

 

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Towns and Villages

Field - The main town in the park, the park office is located here as well.

Accommodations

Restaurants

Truffle Pigs Bistro
Mount Burgess Dining Room (Emerald Lake Lodge)

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Area Guides for the BC Rockies - Outside the Park

Fernie Guide
Ski Fernie
Kimberly
Trail
Revelstoke - Revelstoke, British Columbia
Revelstoke Snowsports - Revelstoke, British Columbia
Golden - Area Guide, Golden, Columbia Valley, BC Rockies, British Columbia
Golden - Chamber of Commerce

Backcountry Lodges

Lake O'Hara Lodge - Backcountry Lodge, Seasonal
Emerald Lake Lodge - Backcountry Lodge, Seasonal
Twin Falls Chalet - Backcountry Lodge, Seasonal
Amiskwi Lodge - Amiskwi Pass, Seasonal

Skiing and Snowboarding in the BC Rockies - Outside the Park

Avalanche.ca - Always check conditions before heading into the snow.

Great Northern - Snow Cat Skiing, Telemark Skiing, Hiking - Revelstoke/Golden, British Columbia
Kimberly - Kimberly, British Columbia
Panorama - Invermere, British Columbia
Red Mountain - Rossland, British Columbia
Powder Springs - On Mount MacKenzie. Snow Cat Skiing, Telemark Skiing, Hiking. Revelstoke, British Columbia

Related Links

Association of Canadian Mountain Guides

Rocky Mountain Parks

Jasper National Park - Rockie Mountains, Alberta
Banff National Park - Rockie Mountains, Alberta
Kootenay National Park - Rockie Mountains, British Columbia
Mount Robson Provincial Park - Rockie Mountains, British Columbia

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Official Website: Parks Canada
British Columbia Kootenay Rockies Tourism
British Columbia Tourism

 

 

Yoho National Park of Canada
P.O. Box 99
Field, B.C.
Canada
V0A 1G0

 

 
 

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