Lake O'Hara, Yoho National Park

Lake O'Hara, Yoho National Park

Photo by Erik Lizee (WIkimedia Commons)

Yoho National Park

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park - Photo by HylgeriaK, Wikimedia Creative CommonsEmerald Lake, Yoho National Park - Photo by HylgeriaK, Wikimedia Creative Commons

Yoho National Park, whose name derives from the local native word "amazement', is a must see if you are travelling in your motorhome from Vancouver to Calgary or vice versa.

This park is situate on the Canadian Rocky Mountains along the western slope of the Continental Divide in southeast British Columbia. Nearby parks include Banff National Park to the east and Kootenay National Park to the south. Yoho National park covers 1,313 km² and is one the smaller parks that form the Canadian Rocky Moutain Parks World Heritage Site as well as part of the Canadian Rockies world heritage site.

Places of Interest for your Motorhome Holiday:

  • Field - This town is the administrative office for Yoho Park. The visitor centre is located here.
  • Kicking Horse River, a Canadian Heritage River flows through the park with plenty of whitewater and canoeing opportunities
  • Takakkaw Falls  - a stunning waterfall which falls 384m, making it one of the largest falls in western Canada
  • Emerald Lake - the largest of 61 lakes and ponds, this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Park. As its name indicates, the color of the water comes nearby glacial sediment which gives the lake its remarkable hues
  • Mt Burgess - Famous for being featured on the back of the Canadian ten-dollar bill for nearly 20 years, this picturesque mountain stands 2,599 metres high. The best times to climb are between June and September.

Driving Distances to Yoho Park from regional cities (with links to google maps):

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