At 8 kms. east of Field, the Spiral Tunnels were completed in 1909 and reduced the the original train grade of 4,5% to 2,2%.
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For the whole series of pics, go to my Travelogue on Spiral Tunnels.
This was very hard to find as the signage was not very well marked. Short walk with interpretive signs explaining the formation of the natural bridge. It is not actually a functional bridge for humans, but the elk and other animals might still use it.
View the falls up close without having to hike very far. This is more of a short stroll to the falls.
Ideal for wheelchairs and strollers. 1.0 km total distance. These falls drop 254 meters and are one of the highest waterfalls in Canada.
This is a premier hike in Yoho National Park. The vistas are breathtaking, and when you look down on Emerald Lake, it shimmers like a jewel set into lush forest. Make sure to allow about 8 hours for this hike, to give you time to sit down and enjoy the jaw-dropping views. Expect glaciers popping in and out of view like a cast of characters. Do not attempt to do this hike unless you are at least moderately fit and used to walking long distances -- the total hike is about 23 km.
A bonus of this hike is that it will take you up onto the Wapta Highline. If that isn't reward enough, you actually go by the Burgess Shale, which is a World Heritage Site still being excavated and researched for it's world-class fossils. If you look carefully, you will see fossils on the trail.
There are steep switchbacks on the last part of the trail, and if you don't like coming down those, I suggest you walk along the Wapta Highline, then turn back, and go the way you came, not doing the whole loop.
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Emerald lake is just as it explains. The water is a very deep emerald green in the early summer months in particular, from glacial silt that flows into the lake from the many surrounding glaciers. It provides for a perfect mirror surface with the cool green water below.
Taking the 5.2 km (3 mi) trail around Emerald Lake, you will be greeted with many tremendous views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The reflection of the Glacially covered peaks off the water is truly spectacular. There is also canoe rental that is available. If I remember correctly the woman at the gift shop told me that the canoe rental was 25$ per hour, that may be incorrect though.
Takakkaw (meaning "magnificent" in Cree) Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls I’ve ever seen. The waterfall is sited at 245 meters (855 ft) but that is only the second tier of the fall. It towers 380 meters (1248 feet) above the valley floor from top to bottom. The most interesting and distinguishing feature of this waterfall is that it is shot away from the cliff wall through a opening which catapults it into the canyon nearly perpendicular to the wall.
From most places in the park you can see Cathedral Mountain it is unavoidable. It is a true relic of the Canadian style of Rockies. Its Jagged slopes are a testament to the glacial forces that carved them.
Even in the summer months look to it’s steep faces for hanging glaciers. The Mountain is a towering 3189 m (10,462 ft) tall and stands guard over the town of Field.
Whether you like hiking trails or just a bit of a meander in Summer sunshine or maybe, as in our case, sunshine and showers, Yo Ho National Park and near by Emerald lake fits the bill perfectly. Summers are sadly very short in this part of the Canadian Rockies making July and August the busiest times. We took a walk around the lovely Emerald Lake and were delighted to come across so many colourful and varied wild flowers. The plants and flowers perfume the air and make good use of the short growing season by producing their pretty flowers in abundance
Sitting at a picnic table when we arrived at Yoho with the rain gently falling - who should appear but this little fellow - he was a lot more timid than his Banff cousins but still kept appearing from behind the trees to let me capture him on film. Just as we were heading back to the car park after spending a lovely day here we spotted a red squirrel, he seemed unperturbed by our presence and just got on with his munchings. The red squirrel goes by two other names = the pine squirrel and my favourite the chickaree
At Emerald Lake there is a lot of information on Mount Burgess. The mountain's shale contains the worlds richest deposits of rare fossils found by Charles Doolittle Walcott in 1909. Hard to imagine sea creatures on top of a mountain side, the fossils have been resting here since dinosaurs walked the Earth. This is a protected area and must be treated with respect - it is illegal to remove any rocks from the mountains. If every visitor just took even a tiny piece it wouldn't be there and history would be lost to all of us.
It was cloudy with rain when we decided to take the twenty five mile drive from Lake Louise to Alberta's neighbouring province of British Columbia. The drive from Lake Louise to Golden is a very scenic one indeed passing through the wonderful mountain scenery of the massive Continental Divide. We stopped in a layby to view Cathedral Mountain as she towered with her snow covered peaks into the skies. The rain stopping for a while to let the summer sun peak through the clouds - a nice welcome for us to BC
Emerald Lake - the main attraction in Yoho. It is utterly amazing on a clear day, quite possibly the best part of my trip to the Rockies.
There's a few hikes to do here, I did the 5.2km one round the lake which doesn't take too long. The only spoiler is that there's Emerald Lodge resort which you pass through right at the end which ruins it a bit. At the time there were lodges being built which kind of ruined the atmosphere, having to clamber over bits of timber etc to get by.
But the lake was gorgeous, clear turquoise water, mountains completely jaw dropping.
At the time of visit alot of the roads were being closed for winter, luckily Emerald Lake had not been, so make sure you get there before October!
At 17 kms. from Field, Takakkaw Falls are among the highest waterfalls in Canada. Takakkaw means "magnificent" in Cree, wonder why? The road is quite windy in some parts, but not dangerous; it is worth it going there.
Natural Bridge was created in a place where the river undercut the rock and flowed underneath. It's not a large drop (about 20 feet or 6 meters at most) but the surrounding scenery and sheer volume flowing though the rocks make this one of Yoho's biggest tourist attractions.