Yoho National Park

This is hiker’s paradise. Over 400 km of trails traverse valley bottoms and verdant forests, and rise above treeline to awesome views.


  • Yoho National Park (1-250-343-6783) boasts thundering waterfalls. Takakkaw Falls off Yoho Valley Rd is one of Canada’s highest at 384 m/1,260 ft. Wapta Falls west of Field is worth the 30-minute access hike for its impressive 150-m/490-ft width and 30-m/98-ft height.
  • Burgess Shale World Heritage Site quarries contain 500-million-year-old invertebrate fossils. Access is by tour only (Parks Canada 1-877-737-3783; Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation 1-800-343-3006).
  • See the Natural Rock Bridge en route to picturesque Emerald Lake via Emerald Lake Rd. A 5-km/3-mi trail circles the lake and there’s a short walk to Hamilton Falls. Dine or rent a boat at Emerald Lake Lodge, (1-800-663-6336).