Yoho National Park Travel Guide
Lake O'Hara from Opabin Plateau
Things to Do
Waterfall on trail to Lake Oesa
In a nutshell
This is another Canadian National Park you should visit
We went to a camp near Field. Today is cloudy and sunny. We have been around noon at Kicking Horse Campground. In the afternoon we go up a steep road (we have a hairpin bend backwards just stabbing) direction Takakkaw waterfalls.Great ride to a very high fall with a...
A decently worthwhile stop on the Emerald Lake Road is the Natural Bridge, an odd rock formation that spans a rapid of the Kicking Horse River. While the Natural Bridge is certainly an interesting geologic oddity, it doesn't resemble the soaring arches and natural bridges...
The largest lake in the Lake O'Hara region is Lake McArthur, which lies in southern corner of the basin. The lake is a pretty turquoise and has a sizable glacier at its southeast end; while I'm sure that there is very much about the lake to appreciate, my experience at the...
One of the many scenic trails in the Lake O'Hara region is the Odaray Highline and Grandview Trail, which climb to viewpoints on the slopes of Odaray Mountain. This is a very worthwhile hike, as the views here offer a good overview of the entire Lake O'Hara area. Access to...
Lake O'Hara may be the gem of the Rockies, but Opabin Plateau is the gem of Lake O'Hara. There are few places I have ever been to that have been so easy to hike to yet offer such incredible scenery. This plateau is a hanging valley above the Lake O'Hara basin and has two...
The most well-known day hike in the Lake O'Hara area is probably the Alpine Circuit, which traverses a large portion of the high country above the lake and offers what are reportedly amazing views. Although I didn't get to hike that circuit, I did get to see what I...
This 6-km round trip hike is one of the many enjoyable in the Lake O'Hara region. Following the lakeshore trail around the lake's north shore, you'll come to the branch-off for this trail before reaching Seven Veils Falls. The trail ascends steeply and quickly gets atop a...
Lake O'Hara Lakeshore Trail
This relatively easy loop trail follows the shoreline of Lake O'Hara and allows you to access the other trails in the area (Lake Oesa, Opabin Plateau). Some of the prettiest views are on the south end of the lake, where you can look north across the lake to Odaray Mountain...
Tucked away in a valley beneath Mt. Victoria, Huber, and Lefroy with some of the most turquoise water of any lake in the Rockies, Lake O'Hara is arguably the most enchanting spot in the Canadian Rockies. The secluded lakes is set beneath some of the most beautiful peaks in...
Wapta Lake is a roadside lake just west of Kicking Horse Pass, off of Highway 1. Driving on the highway gives you good views of the lake, and from the area around the lake, Mt. Stephen, Cathedral Peak, and the side of Mt. Victoria are visible. While it's not the most...
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,...
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...
Cathedral Mountain Lodge
2 Reviews and 201 Opinions We stayed at the Cathedral Mountain Lodge for 5 nights. Overall, we really liked it there. The...
Kicking Horse Lounge
The Kicking Horse Lounge at the Emerald Lake Lodge at lunch offers a quiet respite from the tourist crowds at their lakeside restaurant, Cilantro. The menu is fairly limited, but what's there is really good. The room is sunny, and has an outdoor patio, plus the showstopper...
Cilantro on the Lake
This casual dining room is set on a peninsula that looks out over the green waters of Emerald Lake. The decor is rustic casual, as the building itself is built out of logs, and the menu reflects the casual atmosphere. There is also another Cilantro's in Calgary, which has a...
Fly the flag
In common with all the Canadian Provinces British Columbia has its own provincial flag, bird, animal and flower. The flower is the pacific dogwood, the tree the western red cedar, the bird the Steller's Jay and the animal of the Province is the otter. British Columbia has a...
Rain Jacket at the Ready
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Luggage and bags: I always carry a small rucksack with snacks and bottled water, the rucksack comes in handy when rain clears & you can pack the jacket away
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always a good idea to carry a rain jacket with a hood - as you might see from the picture the clouds seem to ascend as well as descend. Good walking shoes or boots are essential here
Photo Equipment: My camera ran out of memory in Yoho National Park - carry a spare card with you at all times - don't be like me & leave it in the car.
Updated Jan 25, 2007
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How the lake got its colour
The turquoise and emerald colours are created when run off water from the glacier ice melts collect small particles of powdered rock, commonly called rock flour, from the surrounding mountains. The particles make the lake water murky but when the sun strikes its rays upon...
The Road to Takakkaw
The drive to Takakkaw falls is a slow and at times a torturous climb up a steep narrow road with many switchbacks. No buses or trailers are allowed on the road, they have to park in laybys and the tourist who come by bus are taken by mini bus. The layby has little space so...
Let's Go River Rafting on the Kicking Horse River!
In July 2005, I spent the morning whitewater rafting with Wild Water Adventures on the Kicking Horse River in Yoho National Park. I chose 'The Whitewater Exciter' where we had 1.5 hours fun riding through the rapids on the river! It costs 93 CAD (April 2011) plus taxes to do...
Take a picnic & enjoy the fresh air
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,...
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