Inspired by the beauty of the park's mountains, lakes, waterfalls and distinctive rock formations, this area was named yoho, from the Cree word meaning "awe and wonder". Yoho National Park lies on the western side of the Rockies range in BC, next to Banff and Kootenay National Parks.
The park offers a wide range of outdoor lifestyle activities, from climbing and hiking to boating or skiing. The park houses the Burges Shale fossil beds, an extraordinary find of perfectly preserved marine creatures from the prehistoric Cambrian period, over 500 million years ago. Access to the fossil beds is by guided hike and limited in the number of people per trip.
The Emerald Lake, which is named for the intense colour of its water, is a popular spot for canoeing and hiking. There is a rustic lake lodge which provides facilities at this quiet, secluded place in the middle of the park. Visit the Takakkaw Falls which means "it is wonderful" in the language of the local natives, are one of the most impressive falls in Western Canada with a drop of 254 meters. The falls can be accessed along the Yoho Valley Road. Another amazing view is Lake O'hara, shadowed by the majestic peaks of Mounts Victoria and Lefroy. Guests wishing to use the area's excellent biking trails must book in advance as access is limited to protect this fragile environment.
Photos of Yoho National Park Emerald Lake, Lake O'Hara, Waterfalls
Area: Alberta Rocky Mountains
Lakefront and Lake Views
Skiing: Downhill and Cross Country
Small Towns: Banff, Jasper & Canmore
Extensive Hiking Trails & Parks
Lake & River Fishing
Canoeing and Kayaking