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Yoho National Park

Named for a Cree expression of awe and wonder, Yoho lies on the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Created on October 10, 1886, the park covers 507 square miles (1,313 square kilometers).

red marks the location of Yoho National Park
location of Yoho National Park

Natural Features

The Burgess Shale Fossil Beds are some of the oldest and most significant fossil beds in the world.

Burgess Shale Fossil Beds

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Lake O'Hara is an area full of hanging valleys, jewel lakes, soaring cliffs, and sub-alpine forest trails linked by a volunteer-supported trail system.

Lake O'Hara

Takakkaw Falls Tumbling 830 feet (254 meters) in one stretch and 1,260 feet (384 meters) in total, Takakkaw Falls are the highest in Canada.

Takakkaw Falls

Wapta Falls At 98 feet (30 meters) high and 490 feet (150 meters) wide, this is the largest waterfall on the Kicking Horse River.

Wapta Falls

Man-Made Features

Field, British Columbia Established in the 1880's as a siding for the Canadian Pacific Railway, Field is now home to almost all <200 human residents of Yoho National Park, as well as the Yoho Visitor Cenre.

Yoho Visitor Centre
Yoho Visitor Centre

Kicking Horse Pass carries the Trans-Canada Highway and Canadian Pacific Railway over the Continental Divide.

a bridge carries highway traffic over the railroad
highway bridge through Kicking Horse Pass

Spiral Tunnels Designed by J. E. Schwitzer and completed in 1909, the Spiral Tunnels carry the Canadian Pacific Railway over the steep and treacherous Kicking Horse Pass. Two observation points allow visitors to watch at least one of the up to 30 trains that pass through the tunnels at varying times daily.

vintage postcard depiction of the Spiral Tunnels
Spiral Tunnels

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This page was last updated on 07/20/2018.