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Yoho National Park

Established in 1886 the history of Yoho National Park is bound up with a railroad, spiral tunnels inside mountains and stories of runaway trains, but also offers spectacular and unique natural beauty with 28 mountain peaks more than 3000 m in height and over 400 km of hiking trails. 

The park has many waterfalls including Laughing Falls, Twin Falls, Wapta Falls and one of Canada's highest at 254 m (833 ft.), Takakkaw Falls. Silt carried by streams from melting glaciers is responsible for the deep and rich turquoise colour of Emerald Lake and Lake O'Hara. 

One of the world's most important fossil finds, the Burgess Shale, is located here. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1981, the Burgess Shale Formation contains the fossilized remains of more than 120 marine animal species dating back 515 million years.  Visit the Burgess Shale Foundation for more information. 

Yoho National Park Fast Facts

  • 400 km of hiking trails
  • In 1909 Charles Doolittle Walcott discovered one of the most important fossil locations in the world - the Burgess Shale
  • Takakkaw Waterfall is the third highest waterfall in western Canada, towering 384 metres (1,260 feet)
  • Wapta Falls is the largest waterfall on the Kicking Horse River and is 30 metres (98 feet) high and 150 metres (490 feet) wide
  • Lake O’Hara is one of the most spectacular places in Canada and can only be accessed by foot or by taking the Parks Canada bus
  • 28 mountain peaks more than 3000 metres in height
  • Emerald Lake is the largest lake in Yoho National Park
  • 61 lakes and ponds

 

For more info: www.pc.gc.ca

 

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews
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5.0 based on 415 reviews
“Exhilarating Experience”
Exhilarating Experience
July 15, 2018, by ctdninja
My cousin, her boyfriend, and I went hiking at Yoho National Park for 3 days. Our starting point was at the magnificent Takakkaw Falls. We passed by Angel Staircase Falls and Duchesnay Lake and...
“Every picture looks like a postcard”
Every picture looks like a postcard
July 14, 2018, by Allise W
Every view is a stunning eyeful. From the bluest/greenest water to waterfalls to forest to rocks to snow-capped mountains to beautiful flowers--this park has it all. The hiking here was my favorite...
“Beautiful”
Beautiful
July 13, 2018, by BarbsZ
Driving through this area is stunning. It's so picturesque and every direction you look is beautiful. One of my favourite areas in BC.

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