Coronavirus (COVID-19): Some Parks Canada places have begun a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas and services, including camping. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and be well-prepared for their visit. Details here.

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


Visitor centre | Campgrounds | Roads and day use areas | Seasonal closures and restrictions

Visitor centre

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. Come in to speak with our friendly parks staff or to visit a small scale exhibit of the Burgess Shale Fossils.

  • January 1 to April 30, 2020: Closed
  • May 1 to May 31, 2020: 9 am to 5 pm
  • June 1 to September 30, 2020: 8:30 am to 7 pm
  • October 1 to October 12, 2020: 9 am to 5 pm
  • October 13, 2020 to April 30, 2021: Closed 

Friends of Yoho Gift Shop

Be sure to stop by the Friends of Yoho Gift Shop to take home a Yoho momento.

  • May 1 to May 31: 9 am to 5 pm
  • June 1 to September 30: 9 am to 7 pm
  • October 1 to Oct 12: 9 am to 5 pm

Campgrounds

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

Roads and day use areas

Yoho National Park is bisected by the Trans-Canada Highway. Day use areas located along the Trans-Canada Highway are open seasonally from May until mid-October. In winter, the highway is controlled for avalanches to ensure visitor safety and to reduce the frequency of road closures. Winter tires or mud and snow (M+S) tires are required from October 1 to March 31. 

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. 

Seasonal closures and restrictions

Additional closures and restrictions may happen at any time, in any location, and without prior notice. See the Important Bulletins page for a current listing.

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