Yoho National Park

As one of Canada's smaller national parks, with a piffling reach of just over 500 square miles, Yoho is regarded as a relatively secret pocket of the Canadian Rockies and doesn't get half as many tourists as neighbouring parks, such as Banff and Jasper. But don't let this lesser-known sister fool you because Yoho is crammed-full of incredible landscapes that incorporate fast flowing rivers (Kicking Horse), thundering waterfalls (Takkakaw) and vast pine-fringed lakes (Emerald) that are simply heaven sent for lovers of the great outdoors. With plenty of recreational options, including an excellent selection of walking trails, it's easy to see why the Native American translation for Yoho (meaning 'Awe') is so incredibly apt.

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Highlights & Activities
  • Emerald Lake

    Canoe the Emerald Lake Bobbing about on the water has never been so meditative and as you don your buoyancy aid and plunge your paddle into the clear waters of Emerald Lake you'll soon realise that this is as close to perfect peace as you can possible hope for. Enclosed by pines and mountains this is a really extra special experience and if you're lucky enough to dive in during the month of July then you'll discover just how this shimmering oasis gets its name.

  • Canadian Rockies

    Trails overlooking Takakkaw Falls Thanks to the ever-generous melt waters of the Daly Glacier, Takakkaw (meaning magnificent in Native American) is a phenomenal sight no matter where you're standing. However if you're following the Yoho National Park hiking trails above the falls then prepare for an exceptional and breath-taking view like no other. Cascading to over 1250 feet below this is an absolutely wonderful water fall and combined with a day's hike it makes for a truly memorable moment.

  • Canada Kootonay Raft

    White-water rafting on Kicking Horse River The cry of 'paddles up' has never been more carefully heeded and as you bounce over water-smoothed boulders and out of oscillating eddies and white-water swirls, you'll thrust your dripping poles into the air and gulp for breath as you prepare for yet another plunge. Of course, thanks to the length of Kicking Horse River there are plenty of suitable sections for everyone to enjoy and if you fancy trying your hand at something truly exhilarating within an exceptional environment then why not give it a go?

  • Marmot

    Watch out for wildlife Wherever you travel in Canada you'll be sure that you're never far away from some fascinating critters and the nature trails of Yoho are definitely no exception. The park is home to a wide array of wildlife and from free-roaming elk to pawing grizzly bears, make sure you remember your camera because there are bound to be some truly awesome animal encounters that you'll want to capture for eternity. Red squirrels, marmots and moose are all popular favourites however, the sighting of a Canadian lynx may set your pulse racing just that little bit faster.

When to go
Temperature chart - Yoho National Park

As Yoho lies to the west of the Continental Divide it does tend to get slightly more rain than parks which are situated to the west although, don't let this put you off because the extra precipitation equals a much more lush and verdant landscape. Best time to go if you want to make the most of Lake Emerald's turquoise colouration is probably mid-July and the months either side are also perfect for hiking and general wildlife watching. The autumn months after August are excellent for leaf spotters but a lot chillier and after that all the way through to April, you're in ski season so you'd be well-advised to pack accordingly.

Insider Tip - Discover a crowd-free Emerald Lake
Canadian Rockies

As mentioned, Emerald Lake is one of the absolute highlights of not just Yoho NP but the whole of the Canadian Rockies. As such you will find it does generate a lot of interest, particularly around the summer months so, as with most attractions, do as the locals do and get their early to avoid the hordes. An early start is also a great way to make the most of the day and there's an hour long walk around Emerald which is relatively flat and completely doable before a breakfast of waffles, pancakes and hot coffee - tempted?

Tours that visit Yoho National Park


    11 days | Canada | Hotels

    Jun-Sep from


    A renowned region of majestic beauty, the Canadian Rockies showcase awe inspiring natural wilderness. Get ready for mountains, lakes and glaciers on our touring holidays in Canada. Walk, raft and canoe with a comfortable bed awaiting you each night.

    Highlights: Banff | Jasper | Icefields Parkway

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    12 days | Canada | Camping

    Jul-Aug from


    The perfect outdoor adventure for all the family, with a chance to raft, canoe, hike and bike amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery that Canada has to offer. Each new day will be even more exciting than the last!

    Highlights: Canadian Rockies | Outdoor Adventure

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    12 days | Canada | Camping

    Jun-Aug from


    Showcasing the best hiking trails that Jasper, Banff and Yoho National Parks have to offer, this escorted holiday to Canada explores untouched wilderness with stunning flora and fauna, and experience the most breath-taking scenery in the Canadian Rockies.

    Highlights: Jasper | Banff | Yoho | Glacier

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    8 days | Canada | Hotels

    Feb-Mar from


    Alberta's legendary Rocky Mountains are waiting for you on this magical tour of lush evergreen trees, epic mountain landscapes, frozen lakes and wild rushing waters. Locals will tell you there's no other winter destination on earth quite like the Rockies!

    Highlights: Winter activities | Canada's Rocky Mountains

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