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Yoho National Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Find out why this national park is named after a Cree word for awe and wonder when you see its sheer rock walls, waterfalls, deep-blue lakes and wild rivers.

Yoho National Park encompasses a section of the Canadian Rockies, where jagged mountain peaks zigzag into pristine river valleys. Discover astonishing lookouts, geological wonders and tranquil forests as you drive, hike or ski through the landscape. Covering an area of 507 square miles (1,313 square kilometers), Yoho National Park packs heritage sites, fascinating fossil deposits and 28 peaks over 9,800 feet (3,000 meters) into its UNESCO World Heritage-listed expanse.

The mountain retreat village of Field is Yoho National Park’s biggest township. Make your way to the Yoho Visitor Center and get local tips on what to see during your visit. Check out Kicking Horse River, which meanders over the Kicking Horse Pass National Historic Site. This narrow mountain pass has guided the Trans-Canada Highway and Canadian Pacific Railway across the perilous Continental Divide since the 1870s. Admire the pass’s engineering feats when you embark on a self-guided drive through the meandering mountain roadways.

Follow the river toward its source at Wapta Lake, admiring the passing views of pine-studded valleys and craggy peaks. See the thundering cascades of Wapta Falls, the biggest waterfall on Kicking Horse River. Reach a viewpoint of the 490-foot (150-meter) wide falls by hiking along a gentle trail through fragrant forest. Stay overnight in one of the national park’s four campgrounds.

Don’t miss seeing the Natural Bridge, which was carved into the rock by the power of the river. Nearby, you’ll find the mesmerizing waters of Emerald Lake. This turquoise-colored lake is great for walking and paddling in summer, or skiing and snowshoeing in winter. You’ll also find restaurants and picnic sites on the lake’s pretty foreshore. Another breathtaking lake in the national park is Lake O’Hara, a remote area of sub-alpine forest and precipitous cliffs. Reservations are required for access to the lake and the Burgess Shale Fossil Beds.

Reach Yoho National Park by traveling the Trans-Canada Highway from Golden in British Columbia, or Banff and Lake Louise in Alberta. Greyhound bus services depart from these cities. Purchase a parks pass and access the surrounding national parks and reserves. The park is accessible year-round, but the visitor center and some attractions are closed in winter.

Top Hotels Close to Yoho National Park

Emerald Lake Lodge
Emerald Lake Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Emerald Lake Road, Field, BC
Free Cancellation
The price is $195 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5

Situated on a lake, this romantic hotel is 10.7 mi (17.3 km) from Upper Spiral Tunnel Scenic Viewpoint and 11.3 mi (18.1 km) from Lower Spiral Tunnel Scenic ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,002 reviews)

"We go to the lodge every year for a winter retreat, it's a magical place with cabin style feeling with added luxury of accessing the hot tub, restaurants, and the amazing staff!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Emerald Lake Lodge
Cathedral Mountain Lodge
Cathedral Mountain Lodge
2.5 out of 5
1 Yoho Valley Rd, Field, BC
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Located in the heart of Field, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Upper Spiral Tunnel Scenic Viewpoint and Upper Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint. Lower Spiral Tunnel ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (72 reviews)
Cathedral Mountain Lodge Getaway Vacation

"Had a wonderful time! Cathedral Mountain Lodge was in a beautiful area between mountains with the Kicking Horse River in front. Stayed in a Premier King cabin which was very nicely decorated and comfortable. King size bed, fireplace with plenty of cut firewood, nicely appointed bathroom with deep ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2014

Cathedral Mountain Lodge
Great Divide Lodge
Great Divide Lodge
3 out of 5
1 Trans Canadian HWY, Field, BC
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Located near the slopes, this Field lodge is in the mountains, within 25 mi (40 km) of Lower Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint and Upper Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint, and close ...

3.3/5 (205 reviews)
Great stopover on the Trans Canada Hwy

"Not much accomodation in this area, so you can't be picky and choosey. This served the purpose, twin room, comfortable, warm, albeit a little aged! Nice bar/pool area, with selection of beers. Stayed here to visit Yoho NP, walk the Emerald Lake loop and visit Takakkaw Falls. Overall did the ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2017

Great Divide Lodge
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Emerald Lake Lodge
Emerald Lake Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Emerald Lake Road, Field, BC
The price is $195 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
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Cathedral Mountain Lodge
Cathedral Mountain Lodge
2.5 out of 5
1 Yoho Valley Rd, Field, BC
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Great Divide Lodge
Great Divide Lodge
3 out of 5
1 Trans Canadian HWY, Field, BC
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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
4 out of 5
111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
The price is $317 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
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Lake Louise Inn
Lake Louise Inn
3 out of 5
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is $99 per night from Feb 11 to Feb 12
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Mountaineer Lodge
Mountaineer Lodge
2 out of 5
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, AB
The price is $101 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
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Deer Lodge
Deer Lodge
3 out of 5
109 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
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Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
2.5 out of 5
105 Lake Louise Drive, Box 7, Lake Louise, AB
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✿Wonderful Rockies Cabin Getaway for Hike orSki✿
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Golden, BC
The price is $353 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
✿Wonderful Rockies Cabin Getaway for Hike orSki✿
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