Yoho National Park Travel Guide

  • Yoho National Park
    Yoho National Park
    by Jim_Eliason
  • Yoho National Park
    Yoho National Park
    by Jim_Eliason
  • Yoho National Park
    Yoho National Park
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Yoho National Park Highlights

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Yoho National Park Things to Do

  • Natural Bridge

    This structure was formed when the Kicking Horse River decided to tunnel through rather than over the surrounding rocks.

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  • Emerald Lake

    This pristine mountain lake has a 4 mile loop trail around the edge. There is a resort with restaurant and canoe rentals at the parking lot.

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  • Takakkaw Falls

    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 difficult name.

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  • Natural Bridge

    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 associated with the American southwest. I liked the stop more for the...

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  • Lake McArthur

    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 lake was dampened by a rainstorm.To get to the lake, follow the McArthur...

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  • Odaray Grandview

    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 the Odaray Highline Trail is restricted to four parties a day, so if you...

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Yoho National Park Restaurants

  • 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 is the huge original oak bar from 1902. Once you're done checking out the...

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  • 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 more sophisticated menu.Service is friendly if a bit slow -- we found...

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  • It may have been small but this place...

    After visiting Yoho Nationa Park we stopped of in Field - small was not the word but worth the stop - The food is barbequed outside - but the grill was off when we visited - the friendly waitress offered us sandwiches.This little place has everything you could need - a small shop - restaurant - outside seating & great views of the trains as they...

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Yoho National Park Transportation

  • Railway

    I don't know if the rail systems are as readily utilized in all of Canada but It seemed like the trains were coming by once an hour and were nearly a mile long each. Their is a "Spiral Tunnel" turnout that tells you about how the rail system made deep tunnels into the mountains for the trains to travel through. It seemed interesting but I had other...

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  • Winding Narrow Roads

    When taking the road up tward Takakkaw Falls watch out for the winding part of the road that climbs up to the falls. Their is one portion that is very narrow and could very concieveably become the site for and accident for someone who wasn't paying enough attention.

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Yoho National Park Shopping

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    Choo Choo coming through

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jan 22, 2007

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    This small shop, the only one I noticed in Field was crammed full of just about everything from snack food stuff to postcards. We popped in here on an emergency mission, my camera card was full and I desperately needed a new memory card. Unfortunately I was out of luck here and had to buy a disposable camera. The staff in the shop were most apologetic and promised to stock digital chips in the future

    What to buy: I love postcards and buy lots when on holiday - some to send - some to keep - great way to relive your trip.

    What to pay: A few dollars

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Yoho National Park Local Customs

  • 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 motto in latin "Spledor Sine Occasu" = splendour without deminishment, I...

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  • The Train who blew her top

    Lots of railway stories abound in British Columbia and across Canada. This story centres around the train which blew her top of as she climbed the old railway line before the building of the spiral tunnels. The railway line learned her lesson - extra engines were added - two for pulling and two pushing - No more run-a-way-trains. You can read about...

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  • What's this?

    I know this looks like excrement, but I'm not that crass (though I have considered posting some photos of bear scat). This is a slug. Not as cute as the banana slugs found on the Pacific Coast, but I kind of admire slugs. I think their antennae are a riot.

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Yoho National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Read the leaflet before you venture

    You are in Bear Country and remember it is you who is the visitor here. If you see a bear, which we didn't, all sightings must be reported to park staff so they can monitor the bears movement. Regular bear reports are posted at visitor's centres and you will not be allowed to walk solo or in two's but in organised bigger groups.

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  • Mist From the Falls

    When you get near the base of the falls watch your camera lens. The mist is very thick at times and the wind can blow it right at you. Not that it would damage your camera, but it may ruin your shot. Another thing to watch out for on the hike to the base is the constant flow of people. This is one of the largest tourist attractions in the park so...

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  • Switchbacks are tight!!!

    I thought I had driven on switchback before .... but apparently I hadn't! This section of Yoho Valley rd was amazingly intimidating - especially with 2 cars in opposite directions!There are signs leading up to it was warning, and trailers aren't allowed on this road ...... but there was a large F250 in front of me at one point that just couldn't...

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Yoho National Park Tourist Traps

  • Spiral Tunnels (2)

    (See tip above.) Make sure you take the time to read the interpretative signs along the overlook. Parks Canada does a very nice job putting up interesting and informative signage at various roadside turnoffs and hiking trails. The complete history of the spiral tunnels is presented at the viewpoint over the course of a dozen or so signboards.

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  • The Spiral Tunnel

    I hesitate to include this under tourist trap, but I found this turnoff about as exciting as watching paint dry. Certainly the Canadian Pacific Railway engineers (the ones who designed construction routes, not the guys who drove the locomotives) must be given great accolades for figuring out a safe way to get a train down the western slope of...

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Yoho National Park What to Pack

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    by scottishvisitor Updated Jan 25, 2007

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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.

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Yoho National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • 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 water the awesome colour appears. I was surpirsed to learn back in the...

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  • 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 not many vehicles can park, it would be a great dissapointment to miss out...

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  • The clash of the Rivers

    The Yoho river meets up with the tributary rivers of Emerald, Anuskwi and the Otter tail rivers to become a mighty force of nature as she makes her way towards Kicking Horse Pass. It is here at the pass where she has a mighty confluence with the Kicking Horse River. The sheer power of the meeting of the waters transforms the two rivers into one in...

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Yoho National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Let's Go River Rafting on the Kicking...

    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 the trip and includes round transportation from Lake Louise Village. After...

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  • Many activities are available at Emerald...

    Emerald lake Lodge provides a variety of activties for visiters. Some are listed here.1)Country Skiing Snowshoeing. 2) Downhill Skiing (transportation is provided by freeshuttle bus from Lake louise to the Lodge) 3)Ice Skating Sleigh Rides. Snow mobiling Ice Climbing. Tobagganing. Ice Fishing. Summer activities. 1) Hiking ,Rock Climbing , Day...

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Yoho National Park Favorites

  • EMERALD LAKE

    EMERALD LAKE in March is noticeably quieter than in the summer months. Cross country skiing is a faviourite activity.

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  • 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, hotels and food stores.It is always a good idea to take water & some food...

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  • Weather

    A very important thing for all travellers is the Weather. Check these site:- www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/yoho/visit/visit10_e.asp- www.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-68_metric_e.html

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