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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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
Towns and Villages
- The main town in the park, the park office is located here as
Check out Out-There's British Columbia Page
Guides for the BC Rockies - Outside the Park
Revelstoke - Revelstoke,
- Revelstoke, British Columbia
Golden - Area Guide,
Golden, Columbia Valley, BC Rockies, British Columbia
Golden - Chamber
Lake O'Hara Lodge - Backcountry
Emerald Lake Lodge
- Backcountry Lodge, Seasonal
Twin Falls Chalet
- Backcountry Lodge, Seasonal
Amiskwi Lodge - Amiskwi
and Snowboarding in the BC Rockies - Outside the Park
- Always check conditions before heading into the snow.
- Snow Cat Skiing, Telemark Skiing, Hiking - Revelstoke/Golden,
Kimberly - Kimberly,
Panorama - Invermere,
Red Mountain - Rossland, British
- On Mount MacKenzie. Snow Cat Skiing, Telemark Skiing, Hiking.
Revelstoke, British Columbia
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Provincial Park - Rockie Mountains, British Columbia
Website: Parks Canada
British Columbia Kootenay
British Columbia Tourism
National Park of Canada
P.O. Box 99