COVID-19 and your visit to Yoho National Park
Starting June 1, some Parks Canada places will begin to offer limited access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures. Information will be updated regularly.
Only places and activities where health and safety risks can be managed will be available for visitation. We are asking visitors to be cautious and conservative in their use of these places, to observe travel restrictions, respect closures, follow the guidance of public health experts, and to make every effort to keep one another safe.
Opening details will differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Parks Canada and COVID-19 (updated May 27, 2020)
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority.
Being outdoors and in nature brings a number of health and wellness benefits., It is important that people have access to natural spaces where they can go to get exercise and fresh air in settings that facilitate physical distancing.
On June 1, 2020, Parks Canada will begin a safe, gradual opening of some outdoor locations in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.
- Starting June 1, visitors will be permitted to access some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations. Until then, all suspensions of visitor services and closures of facilities announced in March remain in place.
- For their own safety, visitors should not try to access locations that are closed.
- All camping facilities remain closed until at least June 21, 2020, while Parks Canada assesses whether and how these services might resume. Group activities and public events will be prohibited until further notice. All existing reservations set to take place prior to June 21, 2020, will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full.
- Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.
Important information about your visit to Yoho National Park
To help Canadians gain access to the health and wellness benefits that come from being outdoors and in nature, a number of Parks Canada places will be gradually restoring visitor access and visitor services beginning June 1, 2020.
The health and safety of visitors, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance and Parks Canada will follow the advice and guidance of public health authorities in resuming visitor access and services. Only places and activities where health and safety risks can be mitigated will be available for visitation.
Visitors can safely and confidently visit the parks, however, it will be a different experience with COVID related safety measures in place. These measure currently range from additional signage, enhanced cleaning protocols in washrooms, to limiting parking and monitoring visitor numbers in high use locations.
What's open (as of June 1, 2020)
- All day use areas that are accessible based on road and avalanche conditions will be opened.
- Parking lots and trailheads will open though capacity may be restricted to help enable safe physical distancing measures.
- Hiking and biking trails.
- All washrooms that are accessible based on road and avalanche conditions will be opened.
- Field townsite will be open to visitors on June 1, 2020.
- Parks Canada asks visitors to practice safe physical distancing when visiting Field townsite.
- There are a number of tourism businesses and operations in the Lake Louise area. These operators are valued partners and provide important services to visitors. Visitors should contact them directly before visiting to ensure there has been no change to their services.
- Emerald Lake will open to visitors on June 1, 2020.
- Parking restrictions may be implemented based on traffic and visitor volume to help enable safe physical distancing.
- Trails are open and trail conditions will be monitored and updated here: trail conditions
What's closed (as of June 1, 2020)
Parks Canada is resuming services in a phased approach where health and safety risks can be mitigated. Further details on the resumption of other visitor services will be made available as they are confirmed.
Yoho Visitor Reception Centre and Gate
- The Yoho visitor centre and park gate remain closed.
- Please reach out to our Visitor Centre staff for trip planning questions and to find out more information regarding Parks Canada’s phased reopening over Facebook.
- Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and use the Parks Canada website for current facility openings and trail conditions.
- Parks passes can be purchased online through the Parks Canada website prior to your visit.
- Lake O’Hara access road, campground and trails remains closed.
- Please continue to check our website and social media for updates regarding Lake O’Hara. Information will be released as it becomes available.
- All in-person interpretation programs and guided hikes are cancelled at this time.
- A seasonal closure of the Yoho Valley Road remains in place. Please continue to check this webpage for updates regarding seasonal and phased openings.
- Campgrounds remain closed.
- Visitors are strongly encouraged to check the Parks Canada website regularly for updates on campgrounds, trails, day use areas and facilities prior to their visit.
- Backcountry camping remains closed.
Your safety when visiting
Going outdoors is a great way to maintain health and wellness as long as you are following physical distancing practices. Visitors are asked to continue to follow the advice of public health experts on personal hygiene and physical distancing while enjoying the national parks. Visitors should be conservative in their choices and try to avoid injury or the need for emergency response.
As visitor facilities will still be limited, visitors should come prepared when visiting the national parks. Bring hand sanitizer, avoid touching high-use surfaces, and if you are unwell, stay home.
Parks Canada will continue to monitor the situation and put in place appropriate measures to help Canadians follow the advice of public health experts, however continuing to flatten the curve is all of our responsibility. If we all work together, we can keep our families, friends, neighbours and communities safe and healthy while enjoying our time outdoors.
Parks Canada is working with our partners to keep visitors and residents informed and safe.
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