Emerald Lake Trail © Parks Canada
On the western slopes of the Great Divide, Yoho National Park brings Canada’s alpine majesty within reach of casual visitors and seasoned backpackers alike. Unplug and spend time with family at one of four campgrounds, challenge yourself with an all day hike to a half-billion-year-old fossil bed, or immerse yourself in Canadian history by travelling through the mountain pass that linked the West to the rest of Canada.
Summer and Fall
Winter and Spring
Guided Hikes to the Burgess Shale Fossil Beds
Exercise body and mind alike with a guided all-day hike to one of the world’s most significant fossil discoveries. Knowledgeable guides will fill you in on 505 million years of earth's history as you traverse spectacular mountain geography.
Yoho is a hiker’s paradise, with more than 400 km of trails, ranging from easy self-guided interpretive trails to difficult all-day guided hikes to the Burgess Shale fossil beds.
Grab a friend, go for a walk then relax and snap a selfie on one of Yoho’s Red Chairs. While some chairs are easy to find, others require more of an adventure. Each location offers views of exquisite views of nearby mountains, rivers or lakes.
Summer and Autumn
Awake to the sound of waterfalls and the smell of alpine air. Yoho is home to some of the finest hiking and backpacking in the Rockies. Bring your road bike for the side roads or see the world’s most significant fossils on a guided hike to the famous Burgess Shale.
Consult the Field, British Columbia Travel Guide for information about dining, accommodation and equipment rentals. Private licensed guides are available through the Interpretive Guides Association or the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.
Winter and Spring
Glide among the snow-laden boughs and breathe cool, crisp winter air. Snowshoe on a frozen lake under watchful peaks and end the day sipping hot chocolate after an exceptional meal. Only thirty minutes from Lake Louise, Yoho National Park is magical in the winter.
Avalanche Safety: From November through June, please avoid the avalanche slide path clearly marked on the left bank of Emerald Lake. Do not walk, ski or snowshoe on or below this slide path.
In Canada, national parks enjoy special protections that may differ from other protected places. Please know “what not to do” in a national park:
- Feeding or approaching wildlife, and littering
- Collecting natural objects (e.g. wildflowers, rocks, mushrooms, berries) or cultural objects (e.g. arrowheads)
- Using drones (i.e. unmanned aerial vehicles) without a permit
- Hunting or using weapons (e.g. firearms, pellet or BB guns, airsoft, paintball, archery, slingshots)
- Transporting loaded or unsecured firearms (see firearms transport regulations).
- Snowmobiling and ice fishing
- Motorized boats, personal watercraft, water skiing
- Motorized off-road travelling
- Paragliding, parachuting and hang-gliding