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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 387 reviews
“Peaceful park”
Peaceful park
March 06, 2018, by Paddy069
Very quiet and peaceful - marvellous environment - large number of trails - big views - great falls + trail adapted to handicap people - recommended stop on lake Louise journey
“Probably my Favourite Park”
Probably my Favourite Park
March 02, 2018, by Andrew R
Yoho gets an extra thumbs us in our books, as the park isn't as insanely crowded as the others. That's probably because much of the best of the park requires distant hikes, drives on steep, narrow...
“So much to do, not enough time”
So much to do, not enough time
February 13, 2018, by GabrielSanab
We stayed in Field during Nov 2017, we wanted to do as many outdoors activities nearby as possible. Yoho National park has so much to offer but one week just isn't enough time to visit this...

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