COVID-19 and your visit to Yoho National Park
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Important information about your visit to Yoho National Park
Based on public health information, Parks Canada will build on the safe, gradual opening of some outdoor locations in national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas.
Washrooms are operating at a limited capacity to support physical distancing measures
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.
Now, more than ever, it is important to be prepared for your trip to the national park. Come prepared with your own “COVID-kit” including water, snacks, hand sanitizer and toilet paper.
Attention: Please be aware that as of February 5, 2021 new restrictions have been implemented in the Province of British Columbia to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Please review these changes before visiting the park.
Not all services or facilities are open, so please see details below before you reserve
What's open (as of August 18, 2020)
- All day use areas that are open as road conditions and natural hazards allow.
- Capacity may be restricted at these locations to help enable safe physical distancing measures.
- Field townsite is open to visitors. Parking restrictions may be implemented.
- Emerald Lake is open. Parking restrictions may be implemented.
- Trails are open and trail conditions will be monitored and updated here: trail conditions
What's closed (as of August 18, 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.
Lake O'Hara (as of February 3, 2021)
- Lake O’Hara is accessible by hike in/out or Parks Canada shuttle bus
- Bikes are not permitted on the Lake O’Hara Road
- Cooking shelters remain closed at this time
- Parks Canada will be operating the Lake O’Hara shuttle this season from June 18 to October 3, 2021.
- Reservations for day-use/bus service to Lake O’Hara will be made by random draw. Applications for the random draw can be made online through the Parks Canada Reservation Service or by telephone at: 1-877-737-3783 between April 1, 2021 and April 30, 2021.
- Only visitors with a camping reservation will be permitted to overnight in the campground.
- The Lake O’Hara campground is open from June 18 to October 2, 2021. Reservations for the 2021 season launch: April 27, 2021 at 8 am MST and can be made online through the Parks Canada Reservation Service or by telephone at: 1-877-737-3783. Camping reservations include the ability to reserve an ingoing bus ride.
Camping and COVID-19 (as of February 5, 2021)
- Frontcountry campgrounds will open for the 2021 season. See Frontcountry Camping for individual site opening dates.
- Reservations for the 2021 season launch: April 13, 2021 at 8 am MST and can be made online through the Parks Canada Reservation Service or by telephone at: 1-877-737-3783.
- Most backcountry campgrounds are open with no capacity restrictions, with the exception of Lake O’Hara and Takakkaw Falls. Reservations are required, with the exception of Takakkaw Falls..
- Where applicable, common cooking shelters are closed. Food lockers are open.
- Many trails and backcountry campgrounds remain snow-covered. Please check trail reports prior to visiting.
- The Parks Canada Reservation System will open to new reservations for backcountry camping in Yoho National Park, not including Takkakaw Falls, on April 16, 2021 at 8 am MST.
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 and masks 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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