Yoho

Yoho

A place of awe and wonder. These are the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Towering walls of rock, spectacular waterfalls and soaring peaks earn the park its name; Yoho is a Cree expression of awe and wonder. Here in the shadow of the Great Divide are the secrets of ancient ocean life, the power of ice and water, and the stories of plants and animals that continue to evolve today. Yoho National Park celebrated 125 years in 2011.

Activities

Hiking and Walking

Explore Yoho’s hiking trails and get up close and personal with the Canadian Rockies! These trails feature many of the park’s natural wonders, including Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls, one of Canada’s highest waterfalls. It will be easy to get lost in the splendor of the scenery, but make sure to stay on the trail and obey closure signs. Many of the higher elevation trails are snow-bound and muddy until well into July, which makes them highly susceptible to erosion.

How much time will I need?

  • Anywhere from two hours to a full day.

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • Make sure to bring proper footwear, water, a snack, sunscreen and bug spray. You might want to bring extra clothing if you plan to explore some of the higher elevation trails.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes.

When is the best time to do this?

  • During the day between May and September.

 

Canoe, Kayak or go White Water Rafting

Take a canoe out on Emerald Lake to experience the tranquility of mother nature. You’re sure to feel pretty small next to the mountains. Keep an eye out for the bald eagles, moose and waterfowl that frequent this important water source. If you are looking for a more fast paced adventure, Kicking Horse River can be navigated by kayak or as part of a white water rafting adventure. This glacier fed river has shaped the valley since the ice age. It’s sure to be the adventure of a lifetime!

How much time will I need?

  • Half a day to a day, depending on the activity you choose.

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • Canoes and kayaks can be rented on Emerald Lake. Make sure to bring a snack, water and proper clothing. If you plan to go white water rafting, you’ll need to bring your bathing suit. Wet suits, helmets, jackets and booties will be provided by the rafting companies.

Is this activity free?

  • No, there is a fee to rent kayaks and canoes but you can bring your own if you have one. There is also a fee for white water rafting.

When is the best time to do this?

  • Between May and September

 

Visit a Fossil Bed

In 1909, Charles Walcott unearthed 505 million year-old fossils that gave scientists unprecedented insight into prehistoric marine life. Join a guided hike to the world-famous Burgess Shale fossil beds to experience this history for yourself. You can hold some of the planets most important fossils and enjoy awe-inspiring views of this incredible landscape. This hike is sure to be a thrill but it’s no walk in the park. The trail requires a steep climb and is best enjoyed by experienced hikers.

How much time will I need?

  • Half and full day hikes are available so plan according to what you wish to do.

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • Good hiking boots or sturdy shoes, a rain jacket and warm sweater, sunglasses and sunscreen and plenty of water and food for the duration of your hike.

Is this activity free?

  • No, there is a fee to join the tour, but the cost depends on your age.  

When is the best time to do this?

  • Late June to mid September

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