Yoho National Park is located in the province of British Columbia in southwestern Canada. The National Park, located in the Rocky Mountains, is approximately 1,313 square kilometers in size. This makes Yoho National Park one of the smaller national parks in Canada. The only village within the park, which opened in 1886, is the municipality of Field, where only 300 people live. From Field, many hiking trails invite you to easy or difficult mountain tours. In addition to hiking trails, there are more than 400 kilometers of mountain trails in the Yoho National Park. Adventurous hikers and mountaineers will love it here. Guided hikes give the experienced guides a fascinating insight into the natural secrets of the region.
The landscape in the Yoho National Park is characterized by washed-out rock faces, large waterfalls and small and large picturesque lakes. One of them is the “Emerald Lake”, which is located in the midst of a dense spruce forest and 3,000 meter high mountains. The lake, which is fed by ice-cold glacier water, is one of the most visited holiday destinations in the region, especially in the summer months. On the walks through the park, you can discover numerous rare plants and animal species. Grizzly bears and black bears, moose, elk, wapiti, coyotes and rare pumas, among others, live here.
Sights: Takkakaw Falls and Burgess Shale Rock
The National Park has many more attractions to choose from, including the Yoho Valley, which is home to the more than 250-meter-high Takakkaw Falls, making it one of the largest waterfalls in North America. There are many more waterfalls in Yoho National Park. These include the 80-meter-high Twin Falls, which can be reached by an eight-kilometer hike. In addition, many glaciers can be admired in Yoho National Park.
The glaciers are extremely popular with winter sports enthusiasts because of the ideal conditions for skiing and snowboarding. Other attractions are the “Burgess Shale rocks,” one of the most important fossil sites in the world. The UNESCO World Heritage Site contains up to 515 million-year-old fossil formations from various marine species.
The Kicking Horse River, which is crossed by a natural bridge, is another great tourist magnet. The raging river is mainly used for whitewater rafting and canoe tours. Due to the strong current, the Kicking Horse River is not suitable for beginners. Anglers also get their money’s worth in the Yoho National Park. For this, fishing licenses are issued on site.
Did you know that …
- huge stone walls, spectacular waterfalls, and uplifting mountain peaks gave the Yoho National Park its name? This comes from a word in the language of the “Cree” Indians, which means awe and wonder.
- Yoho National Park celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2016?
- the Yoho National Park is a park, with a history that is firmly rooted in railways? In addition to the legendary railroad tracks spirally built into the mountain, there are stories of driving on it, driverless trains.
- Takakkaw Falls, 254 meters high, is Yoho National Park’s third highest waterfall in Canada?
- Water erosions have created yet another wonder of the Yoho National Park: symmetrically arranged scree on high pillars of glacial moraine rock, called Hoodoos?