A Guide to Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park is a gorgeous and adventure-packed Canadian National Park in British Columbia, near Golden and the larger neighbouring National Parks of Jasper and Banff. One of my favourite places to for a drive, I have put together my four top places you simply must stop at if you're visiting the park, or even just driving through. If you're driving from the Alberta National Parks, you'll come via Glacier National Park, where the iconic Roger's Pass, once used by the Canadian Pacific Railway to trek through the Selkirk Mountains, can be found.
You will need a Canada Park's Pass to enter Yoho National Park - day, multi-day and yearly passes can be purchased at the park entrance huts.
1. Natural Bridge
Stop here for a pre-welcome to Emerald Lake, probably only able to be even more appealing if one could cross over the gently eroded away rocks.
2. Emerald Lake
The most gorgeous stop in my opinion is the stunning Emerald Lake. Envision perfectly crisp yet somehow soft azure waters that gently lap the shores where mountains surround a darling little cabin nestled on the centre of the lake. Playing host to many weddings and other functions lucky enough to have such a surreal backdrop, Emerald Lake is a popular yet still serene paradise in the heart of BC's Yoho National Park. Rent an iconic red Canadian canoe and paddle about the waters, or just sit on the shores embracing the beauty. Find the secret path to the lodge just before the busy bridge for a special and quiet view.
3. Wapta Falls Hike
The absolutely magnificent Wapta Falls rewards the slippery, clay-covered hike down from the badly signposted and pot-holed parking lots. Prepare to get absolutely drenched with icy cold water spray as you stood proudly at the summit of the rock pile in front of the thunderous wall of water crashing down a few feet away. Read my hiking guide to Wapta Falls here!
4. Takakkaw Falls
Takakkaw Falls are seven times higher than Niagara Falls, and they're right here in our backyard! If you get even half-way from the parking lot towards the base of the falls, you will find yourself and your camera drenched.