Yoho National Park

Yoho National Park is located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains along the western slope of the Continental Divide in southeastern British Columbia. Yoho NP is bordered by Kootenay National Park on the southern side and Banff National Park on the eastern side. The name Yoho comes from a Cree word expressing amazement.

Yoho covers 1,313 km² (507 mi²) and it is the smallest of the four contiguous national parks (NP). Yoho, together with Jasper NP, Kootenay NP and Banff NP, along with three British Columbia provincial parks—Hamber Provincial Park, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, and Mount Robson Provincial Park—form the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. The park's administrative and visitor centre are located in the town of Field, British Columbia, beside the Trans-Canada Highway.

History

This park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

Geology

The Kicking Horse River, a Canadian Heritage river, originates in the Wapta and Waputik icefields in the park. This mighty river has created a Natural Bridge through solid rock. This formation is located 3 km west of Field, accessible from the road to Emerald Lake.

The Canadian Rockies consist of sedimentary rock, with numerous fossil deposits. In particular, the Burgess Shale, located in Yoho National Park, has among the world's richest deposits of rare fossils. The Burgess Shale was discovered in 1909 by Charles Doolittle Walcott. In the South-Eastern corner of the park, there is an igneous intrusion known as the Ice River Complex containing deposits of Sodalite, an ornamental stone.

Mountains

  • Mount Burgess 2,599m (8,527ft) is a frequently climbed mountain. For 17 years it was featured on the Canadian ten-dollar bill.
  • Mount Stephen 3,199m (10,496ft) is the tallest of the four mountains that surround the town of Field, British Columbia. A portion of the Burgess Shale fossils were discovered on Mount Stephen.
  • The President 3,138m (10,296ft)
  • The Vice President 3,066m (10,060ft)
  • Mount Goodsir 3,567m (11,703ft)
  • Mount Balfour 3,272m (10,735ft.)

Waterfalls

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Andrea Lay
11 December 2012
Less crowded and just as beautiful as Banff National Park. Visit the quaint village of Field. Great Food and wonderful guesthouses. A more authentic and less $$ alternative to Banff and Lake Louise
Stephen Barnecut
5 October 2018
This is my favourite of the mountain parks. Go check it out before they plough the four-lane highway through.
Krista Vogel
12 September 2016
Just gorgeous. Stop in Field for the visitors center and a great meal at The Siding, and camp nearby at Kicking Horse.
Adam Jack
16 March 2011
Wildlife watch for White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
Adam Jack
16 March 2011
Wildlife watch for Western toad
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