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Yoho National Park

Yoho National Park, Field, Canada, BC V0A 1G0

The Basics

Yoho National Park, on the western slopes of the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia, is the quiet neighbor of more popular Jasper and Banff national parks (home of tourist hot spots Banff and Lake Louise) in Alberta. Founded in 1886, Yoho is also the 2nd-oldest national park in the Parks Canada system. Must-sees include Lake O’Hara, Emerald Lake, Wapta Falls, Takakkaw Falls, and the natural bridge and the Kicking Horse River that flows beneath it.

While you can explore Yoho on your own, adventure is made easy with white-water rafting tours, stand-up paddleboard trips that call on Wapta Falls, and group excursions by minibus to Yoho’s waterfalls.

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Yoho National Park Waterfalls & Lakes | Small Group Active Full Day Adventure
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Yoho National Park Waterfalls & Lakes | Small Group Active Full Day Adventure
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$220.27 per adult
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Wonderful tour.
Wonderful day even though the weather wasn’t the best. Saw spectacular waterfalls and was able to do a couple of hikes. Tia, our tour guide, was great. She was very accommodating and informative. Made sure we were all having a good time.
Rosemary_L, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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Wonderful tour.
Rosemary_L, Jul 2022
Yoho National Park Waterfalls & Lakes | Small Group Active Full Day Adventure
Wonderful day even though the weather wasn’t the best. Saw spectacular waterfalls and was able to do a couple of hikes. Tia, our tour guide, was great. She was very accommodating and informative. Made sure we were all having a good time.
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Alexandra_A, Jun 2022
Banff & Yoho Parks | Lake Louise | Moraine Lake | Emerald Lake - PRIVATE TOUR
The trip was amazing, our guide was perfect, a very relaxing day that allowed us to go at our own pace. Definitely bring sneakers so you can walk to the least crowded areas for the best views. I would do this tour again! Loved it!
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Highly Recommended
Liz_L, Jun 2022
Banff & Yoho Parks | Lake Louise | Moraine Lake | Emerald Lake - PRIVATE TOUR
Had a fantastic time and was so grateful to not have to drive especially with how busy the parks were. Our guide, Jeff, was amazing, new exactly where to go to avoid crowds as much as possible and was flexible with our day. Would highly recommend this tour especially if you’ve never been before!
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Great trip for the most part...needed better communication
Miracle_H, Jun 2022
Rocky Mountains Columbia Icefields, Banff & Yoho National Park 3-Day Tour
This was pretty good purchase. The lodging was great in both locations and the tour guides were nice and fun. I only had 1 issue. The day of the Icefields I could not go on the tour because although it says you can book extra attractions through your tour guides bthere's not really a time to do this. They never asked me when they picked me up if I wanted to add any excursions to the trip and the itinerary tells you the lenght of activities but no actual time of where you will be to even plan such things. Instead the day of while in route they just announced that some of us never booked anything so we had to stay at welcome center. Multiple people had this issue and were quite upset since it's about a 4 hour trip to get there just to not be able to go. So while everyone was gone I booked my own activities for the next day. Thankful that activity didn't have any set time to use the ticket. I would suggest either a more detailed schedule to let people know when they will be at certain places so they can plan ahead or send a text out after booking asking if there are any we want to add. Or start including the actual bus ride of the Icefields in the price. Just some better communication prior to the day of when it's too late to book anything.
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Gary_E, Jun 2022
Banff & Yoho Parks | Lake Louise | Moraine Lake | Emerald Lake - PRIVATE TOUR
Emerald Lake was highlight unfortunately Moraine Lake still not accessible. Lake Louise stunning location but crowded somewhat. Rockies driving beautiful. Guide was excellent pleasant and very helpful throughout day.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts adore Yoho National Park, and active families can find hiking trails well suited to many levels of ability.

  • There is a fee to enter the park.

  • The tiny village of Field, British Columbia, is the only settlement in the park. It has a general store, restaurants, accommodation, and small shops.

  • Much of the park is backcountry, accessible only via winding mountain roads or on foot.

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How to Get There

Yoho National Park is on the eastern edge of British Columbia, 52 miles (84 kilometers) from Banff. The nearest airports are in Calgary and Vancouver; long-distance buses stop in nearby Golden. Visitors usually arrive by tour bus or by car via the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1).

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When to Get There

The park is open year-round, though snow limits accessibility for most of the year (generally October until June), and many visitor services are closed in the winter. In summer, weekends are busier with traffic than weekdays, but Yoho is rarely crowded.

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Hike to Fossil Beds in the Burgess Shale

For true adventurers, a hike into the fossil beds of the Burgess Shale is an experience not to be missed. Guides from Parks Canada or the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation lead these strenuous, day-trip hikes (self-guided hikes are not permitted). Choose from a hike to the Walcott Quarry or Mount Stephen. Both require reservations and a high degree of preparedness.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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