The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. In June and July, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of outdoor areas, some camping services, and some indoor areas at national historic sites.

We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places and areas that are closed.

Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

We continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, and avalanche control, among others.

Update for July 30, 2020 - Non-medical masks and face coverings

We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at any Parks Canada place. When you visit a Parks Canada place, you may see signs reminding you that this is what we recommend.

An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by the members of the public.

If a Parks Canada place is within a jurisdiction where wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is mandatory, visitors will be asked to follow this requirement.

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, which started June 1.

Beginning June 22, 2020, some front and backcountry camping offers will resume in Yoho National Park. Front country campground cooking shelters and shower facilities remain closed. 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. These measure currently range from reduced campground capacity and continued closure of communal facilities and shower buildings, additional signage, enhanced cleaning protocols in washrooms, to limiting parking and monitoring visitor numbers in high use locations.

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.

New reservations will open at Yoho National Park starting at

  • June 23, 2020 at 8 AM MST for frontcountry camping in Yoho National Park
  • June 24, 2020 at 8 AM MST for backcountry camping in Yoho National Park

Not all services or facilities are open, so please see details below before you reserve.

What's open (as of June 22, 2020)

General

  • All day use areas that are accessible based on road and avalanche conditions are open.
  • Parking lots and trailheads are 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.
Yoho West Gate
  • The Yoho west gate resumed operation for fee collection on June 15.
Takkakaw Falls
  • The Yoho Valley Road to Takkakaw Falls will open June 22, 2020.
  • Camping at Takakkaw Falls will open at reduced capacity and will be self-registered on a first-come, first-served basis beginning June 22, 2020.
  • Shower buildings and kitchen shelters remain closed.
Open since June 1
  • Field townsite is open to visitors. Parking restrictions may be implemented.
  • Emerald Lake opened to visitors on June 1, 2020. Parking restrictions may be implemented.
  • Trails are open and trail conditions will be monitored and updated here: trail conditions
What's closed (as of June 22, 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
  • The Yoho visitor centre remains 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 or by email: pc.yohoinfo-infoyoho.pc@canada.ca or by calling 250-343-6783.
  • Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and use the Parks Canada website for current facility openings and trail conditions.
Guided Hikes
  • All in-person interpretation programs and guided hikes are cancelled at this time.
  • Please continue to check our website and social media for updates regarding Burgess Shale guided hikes. Information will be released as it becomes available.
Lake O'Hara (as of June 29, 2020)
Day use
  • Lake O’Hara is accessible by hike in/out only. Parks Canada is not operating the Lake O’Hara shuttle this season.
  • Bikes are not permitted on the Lake O’Hara Road.
  • Cooking shelters remain closed at this time.
  • Day-use access will only be available by hiking 11 km one-way along the Lake O’Hara access road. Day-users attempting to hike the 22 km round trip should be prepared with food, water, bear spray, and appropriate clothing and footwear, as there are no amenities at Lake O’Hara this season. Lake O’Hara Lodge and Le Relais shelter remain closed.
Shuttle
  • Parks Canada will not be operating the Lake O’Hara shuttle this season.
  • Any visitors with reservations for the Lake O’Hara shuttles will be refunded the full amount plus the reservation fee, plus all of the and Lake O’Hara random draw application fee – both successful and unsuccessful applicants.
  • Any visitors wishing to cancel their Lake O’Hara campground reservation will be refunded in full with no cancelation fees.
  • All entrants of the Lake O’Hara day use bus random draw, and successful applicants with reservations, can expect an email from the Parks Canada Reservation System in the coming weeks with refund details.
Overnight camping
  • Only visitors with a camping reservation will be permitted to overnight in the campground.
  • Visitors with a reservation for the Lake O’Hara campground will be able to access the campground and trails via the 11km (one way) access road on foot.
  • Any visitors wishing to cancel their Lake O’Hara campground reservation will be refunded in full with no cancelation fees.
Camping and COVID-19 (as of June 29, 2020)
Open campgrounds (as of June 29, 2020)
Takkakaw Falls
  • The Yoho Valley Road to Takkakaw Falls will open June 22, 2020.
  • Camping at Takakkaw Falls will open at reduced capacity and will be self-registered on a first-come, first-served basis beginning June 22, 2020.
  • Shower buildings and kitchen shelters remain closed.
Kicking Horse Campground
  • Kicking Horse campground will open June 22 at reduced capacity to tents and RVs. Reservations are required.
  • Shower buildings and kitchen shelters remain closed.
  • The Parks Canada Reservation system will open to new reservations for frontcountry camping in Yoho National Park on June 23, 2020 at 8 AM MST.
Closed campgrounds (as of June 29, 2020)
Hoodoo campground
  • Hoodoo campground remains closed for the summer.
Backcountry camping
  • Most backcountry campgrounds are open with no capacity restrictions, with the exception of Lake O’Hara and Takakkaw Falls. Existing reservations are required, with the exception of Takakkaw Falls.
  • The Lake O'Hara campground remains closed until at least June 29.
  • 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 June 24, 2020 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, 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.

Stay informed

Parks Canada is working with our partners to keep visitors and residents informed and safe.

For the most up to date information, visit: