Yoho National Park Things to Do

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    Emerald Lake

    by chewy3326 Written Nov 18, 2011

    Emerald Lake, one of the most famous sights in the Canadian Rockies, has an undeniably beautiful color, but is honestly a bit on the overhyped side. The drive to the lake gives you views of the towering President Range and its glaciers, but when you get to the actual lake, the highest peaks and the glaciers are all blocked from view by lower, closer ridgelines. Then there are the crowds: tourists spill out of both Emerald Lake Lodge and from huge tour buses.

    However, these cons don't necessarily mean you should avoid the lake; during my latest trip to Emerald Lake, we escaped the crowds by hiking a little along the shore of the lake to good views of Mt. Burgess and the Ottertail Range to the south. A couple hundred yards along the north lakeshore from the lodge, there's an informative plaque about the Burgess Shale, one of the world's greatest collection of Cambrian era fossils, which lies across the lake on the exposed slopes of Mt. Field and Wapta Mountain. The Burgess Shale is only open to guided hikes- security is high to protect the incredibly important scientific area. It's one part of Yoho that I really hope to get to one day!

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    Takakkaw Falls

    by chewy3326 Updated Sep 7, 2011

    This is perhaps the most spectacular point accessible by car in Yoho National Park: a 254-meter waterfall on the Yoho River plunging down a rock cliff. From the parking lot, a short trail leads over a bridge to the base of the falls, where the spray is enormous and drenching, and the view is spectacular. The falls plunge from the Daly Glacier, which is not far above the falls on the Continental Divide. From the area around the falls, it's also possible to look north and see the massive Yoho Glacier.

    Takakkaw Falls
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    Takakkaw Falls

    by spidermiss Written Apr 5, 2011

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    This is the 2nd highest waterfall in Western Canada where its highest point is 384 m (1260 ft) from the base. The word, 'Takakkaw' means magnificent in Cree, a local Indian language, and the waterfalls were featured in the movie, 'Last of the Dogmen' in 1995.

    Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park, B.C. Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park, B.C. Dawn at Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park, B.C.
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    Emerald Lake

    by spidermiss Written Apr 5, 2011

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    Yoho National Park's largest lake. The lake is surround by mountains of the President Range and also Mount Burgess and Wapta Mountain. It is known for its deep emerald colour resulting from glacial feed and hence the name! There are some hiking trails that circulates the like which many can partake and in the summer you can rent a canoe. In winter you can able to go cross country skiing on the lake. Tom Wilson was the first European to visit (and name) the lake when he was exploring the area and this is what he had to say about it:

    'For a few moments I sat [on] my horse and enjoyed the rare, peaceful beauty of the scene.' (Source: Wikipedia)

    This quotations has had a mark on many travellers since and visiting Emerald Lake was one my highlights on my Rockies trip.

    Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia Dawn at Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park
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    Burgess Shale

    by kymbanm Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The diverse and sometimes bizarre animals preserved in the shales represent a complete ecosystem that existed only a very short time, relatively speaking, after the first explosion of multicellular life on earth... about 515 million years ago ....

    The fossil filled areas of the park are only accessible by liscensed guides in order to protect these prehistoric finds ....

    All hikes are by reservation only; a limit of 15 people per hike ensures a quality experience and security of the fossil site. Reserve early.
    Guides are licensed and knowledgeable. They provide valuable interpretation of the Burgess Shale fossils and the park's other natural features.

    Waterton Glacier view ....
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    Spiral Tunnels

    by Redang Updated May 8, 2008

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    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%.

    Some interesting websites:
    - www.bctravel.com/se/field.html
    - www.samlindsey.com/Logging/Spiral_Tunnels.asp
    - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiral_Tunnels

    For the whole series of pics, go to my Travelogue on Spiral Tunnels.

    Spiral Tunnels (Yoho Nat,. Park, BC, Canada)

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    The Natural Bridge

    by RockiesTraveler Written Nov 13, 2007

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    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.

    The natural bridge The natural bridge close up Resistance bands of rock against the flow of water The not so natural bridge leads to the natural one
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    Takkakaw Falls

    by RockiesTraveler Written Nov 13, 2007

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    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.

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    The Emerald Triangle

    by madamx Updated Sep 17, 2007

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    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.

    Please e-mail me if you want specific directions

    The Wapta Icefield from the Wapta Highline

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    Emerald Lake

    by GuthrieColin Updated Jul 29, 2007

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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.

    Emerald lake Green Water from the Lodge
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    Emerald Lake Trail and Canoeing

    by GuthrieColin Updated Apr 30, 2007

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    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.

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    Takakkaw Falls

    by GuthrieColin Updated Feb 21, 2007

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    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.

    Takakkaw Falls Black And White Information About Naming Behind some Trees Amidst Shaddows
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    Cathedral Mountain

    by GuthrieColin Updated Feb 21, 2007

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    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.

    Cathedral Peak The Mountain
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    Look out for Flora & Fauna

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jan 27, 2007

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    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

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    Always some wildlife to see

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jan 27, 2007

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    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

    Columbian Ground Squirrel
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