Some scenic tourist spots don't have any eating facilities or shops etc. Taking a picnic lets you stay longer and makes your day more enjoyable.
You can make up your own picnic if you stay in a cabin with kitchen facilities or buy a ready made lunch from local restaurants, hotels and food stores.
It is always a good idea to take water & some food with you - hunger can strike even if the beautiful scenery is a distraction
Fondest memory: The dog in the picture was intent on thinking about the squirrels for his lunch as he listened to their squeeky calls.
The original track bed ( placed is 1886 ) for the Canadian Pacific Railway was quite steep east of Field B.C. This resulted in continual derailments when trains made the descent to Field.
To solve the problem a spiral tunnel was built through the mountains.
Now there is a viewpoint on the Trans Canada Highway just east of Field where you can watch trains enter and exit the tunnels . There is a Visitor Center where the history of the tunnels is presented very well.
The trick is to be at the viewpoint when a train comes through . For some reason the tour buses know when these events occur and the parking lot fills up with buses.
If there are no buses , there will be no train and there is no point in waiting .
But as you head down the highway ( east or west ) you are guaranteed to see a train slowly moving towards the tunnel . Should you return ?
Favorite thing: The hike around Emerald Lake is a good warm up hike and takes about one hour . The trail is flat . It is best to start early before the crowds arrive , and they will arrive . After your hike there are two places you can stop to eat. The restaurant we are sitting at or Emerald Lake Lodge . The Lodge has a buffet breakfast til 11:30 am.
Favorite thing: The entrance road turn off is between the Spiral Tunnel and Emerald Lake. The road to the falls is an interesting drive . There is a steep incline withh switch backs. It is intesesting seeing the tour buses navigate that part of the road. The buses cannnot make the turns so they have to alternate between driving forwards and driving backwards.
Favorite thing: The first white men to enter the area known as Yoho were led by a man named James Hector. Hector discovered Kicking Horse Pass and led his expedition down what is now known as Kicking Horse River. The horses apparently were in a bit of a temper because their legs were getting nicked up by loose rocks and fallen timber. One horse delivered a swift kick to Hector's chest and he was knocked senseless. He was knocked so senseless that after two hours his guides decided he was lifeless and began to bury him. Half way through the burial process, Hector's eyelids started to twitch which was fortunately noticed by one of the guides and they ceased efforts to bury their leader.
High atop of Mount Stephen and Wapta ,in Yoho National Park are considered one of the most significant Fossil finds.Once an ancient sea-bed the Burgess Shale is a rich deposit of tiny fossilized animals.
The area is not open to the public,,but there are guided hikes of the Burgess Shale's Walcott Quarry during the summer months.This hike last an entire day , and you must be in reasonable physical condition.
Fondest memory: Burgess Shale ,call 1-800-343 -3006
This road sign explains a lot about what is to see and to do in Yoho National Park.
These sign are really informative ,they are always located either at a rest stop or at an official information Centre, or when entering a new Province.
Fondest memory: You will find this sign on the road from Banff to Golden just entering British Columbia.
Favorite thing: The story of Yoho is mountains, ice and water. Summer is short and residents are few. Even in the summer, mornings can be frosty. The weather can change instantaneously. A clear sky can suddenly turn dark and snow is possible any day of the year. Access to warm clothes is essential.
Water is never far away in the Canadian Rockies and around every corner there is different stunning landscape of forested mountains.
Fondest memory: The smell of pine, the sound of rushing water and the pleasant summer mountain breezes are a treat for all the senses.
Favorite thing: As we drove up the Bow Valley Parkway to Yoho the temperature was a constant 42 Deg F (about 5 C). As we meandered through Kicking Horse pass the temps dropped into the 30s. It was actually snowing up on the crags of Cathedral Mountain. It was July 3! It can snow any day of the year in the Canadian Rockies and we saw evidence of that on several different days during our stay.
Favorite thing: Takakkaw Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Rockies. The road in is located behind the Kicking Horse River Campground in Yoho National Park. There are some interesting viewpoints worth stopping at on the way in, also. The drive has its exciting moments as you navigate the cliff face half way along the 13 km to the parking lot across from the falls. This is also the jumping off point for hiking the Little Yoho Valley with its extensive trail network and views of the glaciers.
Favorite thing: EMERALD LAKE in March is noticeably quieter than in the summer months. Cross country skiing is a faviourite activity.
A very important thing for all travellers is the Weather. Check these site:
Favorite thing: A nice information area has been provided at the Emerald lake parking area ,there is plenty of parking ,and not far of a walk , the lake is right there in front of you.
Favorite thing: This is one of many signs in Canada , the sign indicates a Canada National Park there are in all provinces of Canada.