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The Ultimate Guide to Yoho National Park in Canada

Kicking Horse River Yoho National Park

Everything you need to know when you visit Yoho National Park in Canada – the best hikes in the Canadian Rockies, where to stay and tips from an expert!

Kicking Horse River Yoho National Park
Kicking Horse River in Yoho National Park.

Yoho National Park: Banff’s Less Famous Neighbour

“Have you heard of Banff National Park?”

“Yes, of course! I loved it/am desperate to go there”

“Well, have you heard of its neighbour, Yoho National Park?”


The conversation pretty much always goes the same way. Eeeeverybody has heard of Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, but it still surprises me that not more people have heard of the park directly next door, Yoho National Park.

Many Canadians I have asked about it have never heard of it and even people that have been to Banff National Park have never heard of it!

It completely baffles me why one park is so famous while the other is virtually unknown.

Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that rivals the beauty of Banff’s Lake Louise. Just like Banff, Yoho boasts stunning mountain scenery, a picture perfect alpine village, raging rivers, loads of wildlife, and bright blue lakes.

Additionally, Yoho National Park is home to the second highest waterfall in Canada and numerous other incredible waterfalls like Laughing Falls and Wapta Falls. It is also home to a world-renowned fossil site – the Burgess Shale, the iconic Kicking Horse Pass, and some of the most beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies.

So why? Why aren’t people flocking to Yoho like they are to Banff?

I honestly don’t know the answer to this question. It is one of life’s great mysteries.

I mean, Banff is famous for a reason – it is jaw-droppingly beautiful, but I think that Yoho offers just as much to the visitor as Banff and you get the added bonus of not having to fight through crowds to enjoy it.

And for someone like me that doesn’t like crowds, this is a win-win.

Where Is Yoho National Park In Canada?

Located on the western slope of the Canadian Rockies, Yoho National Park encapsulates the whole Rocky Mountain experience within its almost 319,000 acres of land.

Located entirely in the province of British Columbia, the park borders Banff National Park and the province of Alberta along the continental divide. It is also close to Kootenay National Park, another highlight of the Canadian Rockies.

The famous Trans Canada Highway runs right through the center of Yoho National Park, making it easily…

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