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Yoho National Park

Hours, Fees and Passes 

Yoho National Park is open year-round. The peak season is during July and August. Some Parks Canada services are only available from mid-May to early-October.

Yoho Visitor Centre

Free admission in 2017

2017 Discovery Pass

Parks Canada is inviting Canadians and visitors from around the world to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at our national treasures from coast to coast to coast. To mark this special year, we’re offering free admission.

Regular fees still apply for other experiences and services.


Visitor Centre 2017

The Yoho National Park Visitor Centre is located on the Trans-Canada Highway in the community of Field, British Columbia. The visitor centre shares a building with the Friends of Yoho and Travel Alberta.

  • January 1 to April 30: 9 am to 4:30 pm
  • May 1 to May 30: 9 am to 5 pm
  • June 1 to September 30: 8:30 am to 7 pm
  • October 1 to December 31: 9 am to 5 pm

*National Park passes are available Friday through Sunday at the Friends of Yoho store, located in the Yoho Visitor Centre.

Campgrounds, day use areas, and roads

Yoho National Park’s campgrounds operate from mid-May until early October.

Yoho National Park is bisected by the Trans-Canada Highway. Emerald Lake Road, located 3 km west of Field, is open year round. The Yoho Valley Road, located 5 km east of Field, is open seasonally from late June until mid-October, weather permitting. All day use areas located along the Trans-Canada Highway are open seasonally from May until mid-October.

Seasonal closures and restrictions

This is a list of planned closures and restrictions in Yoho National Park. However, closures and restrictions may happen at any time, in any location, and without prior notice. See the Important Bulletins page for a current listing.

Where  Activity  When  Why  Closure  Restriction 
Various locations Various 2015 to 2020 Infrastructure improvements
Picnic and day use areas  All Use Mid-October to mid-May  Closed for the season
Campgrounds All Use Mid-October to mid-May Closed for the season 
Spiral Tunnels Viewpoint Viewing Mid-October to mid-May Snowbound
Yoho Valley Road (Takakkaw Falls) Driving October 10 to mid-June Avalanche risk
Burgess Shale fossil beds All Use Year-round To protect fragile, unique and important sites  
McArthur Valley All Use  May 1 to August 15 Frequented by grizzly bears
McArthur Valley All Use August 15 to November 30 Frequented by grizzly bears  
Odaray Prospect and Plateau All Use May 1 to November 30 To limit disturbance in a wildlife corridor
Odaray Highline Trail All Use May 1 to November 30 To limit disturbance in a wildlife corridor