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.
Ski touring and ice climbing
It’s no secret – Canada’s mountain national parks are home to some of the planet’s most spectacular slopes and peaks to explore on skis or a splitboard, not to mention lay down a whole lot of fresh tracks.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
Yoho’s beautiful winter trails are generously groomed and maintained by the Kicking Horse Ski Club and Emerald Sports. The park is a natural area and travel is at your own risk. Parks Canada does not maintain or patrol winter trails in Yoho.
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.
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.
The following activities are prohibited in Yoho National Park:
- Ice Fishing
- Motorized off-road travelling
- Hang-gliding or any heavier-than-air aircraft
- Use of water-skiing equipment or personal watercraft (e.g. Sea-Doo, Jet Ski, etc.)
- Collecting natural or cultural objects (eg. wildflowers, rocks, mushrooms, berries, arrowheads)