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Yoho National Park Hikes – 10 of the Best

Yoho National Park in British Columbia isn't very big compared to its next-door neighbour - Banff National Park. But the park is one I'd highly recommend visiting if you're doing any kind of cross-Canada road trip or even the popular Vancouver to Calgary drive because what it lacks in size, it makes up for in mountain splendour! It's also accessible as a day trip from Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise and Golden. Yoho National Park is…

Looking for fossils at the Walcott Quarry

Burgess Shale Hike in Yoho National Park

The Burgess Shale hike in Yoho National Park has been on my radar for years. Most of the appeal - before I actually did it, was the fact that the Walcott Quarry where the Burgess Shale fossils are located, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and I love checking out UNESCO sites. However, despite the fact that I have a degree in geology, I confess that I am not overly interested in fossils, mildly interested…

Can't beat the backdrop on top of Paget Peak

Paget Lookout – Paget Peak Hike in Yoho

The Paget Lookout - Paget Peak hike in British Columbia's Yoho National Park was not our first choice on a summer weekend. But our plans to hike to the summit of Mt. Saint Piran were thwarted when we arrived at Lake Louise - the starting point, to find the parking lot full. In these COVID times it's always a good idea to have a Plan B as many trails and parking lots have been unbelievably…

The Wapta Traverse backcountry ski

Skiing the Wapta Traverse in Alberta

One of the premiere hut-to-hut ski trips in North America is the Wapta Traverse. It rivals the classics - like the Haute Route that you'll find in the Alps. And it's very accessible. Over the 45 kilometre length of the Wapta Traverse you are treated to big in your face mountain and glacier vistas and incredible morning and evening light shows. To top it all off you get epic, spine-tingling descents along with some incredible…

The beautiful entrance to Emerald Lake Lodge

16 Places to Stay in the Canadian Rockies

Are you looking for a getaway in the Canadian Rockies -  whether it be in Alberta or British Columbia? The Canadian Rockies obviously offer outstanding mountain scenery but also a lot of fun, outdoorsy things to do. They're also the perfect place to enjoy a few days of R&R. Most of the hotels and lodges described below are open on a year-round basis. If you want to save money, visit in November and April, the…

Reaching Lake McArthur

Lake McArthur Hike in Yoho National Park

All you need is half a day to do the Lake McArthur hike, one of the true gems in the Lake O'Hara area of Yoho National Park. The lake itself isn't that big - just 1.5 km long but the sapphire blue colour will mesmerize you as will the setting. The lake is 85 m deep and is responsible for the intense blue colour. The Lake McArthur hike begins on the north side of the…

President Range Trails Hike in Yoho

Hiking in Yoho National Park and looking for mountain splendour? You'll find it all through the park but if you're looking for something unique check out the President Range hiking trails starting from either the far end of the Iceline Trail or Stanley Mitchell Hut. Our plan one summer weekend went like this. Go hiking in Yoho National Park, starting at the trailhead by Takakkaw Falls. Follow the Yoho Valley Trail to Stanley Mitchell Hut…

Stupendous views just after leaving Wiwaxy Gap

Lake OHara Alpine Hike in Yoho

The Lake O'Hara alpine circuit in Yoho National Park should be on every hiker's bucket list. You'll be rewarded with sublime scenery from start to finish, turquoise coloured lakes and lichen covered rocks twisted into impossible shapes as well as challenging trails. The route was designed by Lawrence Grassi - a man who wore many hats including that of park warden at Lake O'Hara, stonemason, miner and the person whom the Grassi Lakes above Canmore…

Beautiful Cathedral Mountain Lodge

Cathedral Mountain Lodge – What a Stay Looks Like

If you're a log cabin fan then chances are you'll love the well-appointed Cathedral Mountain Lodge in British Columbia's Yoho National Park. The lodge is close to both Lake Louise in Banff National Park and the picturesque town of Field, BC. Cathedral Mountain Lodge sits next to the glacier fed Kicking Horse River on a side road that takes you up to splendid Takakkaw Falls and one of the most scenic hikes in the Rockies - The Iceline…

Emerald Lake in summer

Emerald Lake Hike – Beautiful & Family-Friendly

The Emerald Lake hike, one of the exceptionally beautiful ones in Yoho National Park is the perfect outing for a young family or - as in my case, for my visiting mother-in-law who turned 80 just days before we visited. The Emerald Lake hike is also the base for a number of longer, harder hikes including the Emerald Basin Trail, the Yoho Pass Trail, the Hamilton Lake Trail and the famous Burgess Shale hike. The…


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