Yoho National Park
All passes and permits can be purchased at the Parks Office when entering the park.
Driving through the park does not incur a fee, but anyone stopping in the park will require a parks pass. Daily fees are $8.90/adult, $7.65/senior, $4.45/youth and $17.80/family. An annual pass is valid in 27 of the Canadian National Parks. Annual passses are $62.40/adult, $53.50/senior, $31.70/youth and $123.80/family. Generally if you plan on spending at least a week touring the parks it is better to purchase an annual pass.
A fishing permit, valid in Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, and Yoho, will cost $9.90 daily or $34.65 annually.
Backcountry passes cost $9.90 overnight or $69.35 seasonally. Grazing permits are $1.70 per horse per day, or $21.75 per month.
Yoho National Park is a hotbed for ice climbing, with visitors coming from around the world to climb ice in the Canadian Rockies. The town of Field is tucked between the Lake Louise ski hill and the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort to the west in Golden.
Yoho Park is also popular amongst cross country enthusiasts due to the many kilometres of groomed trails and fantastic opportunities for backcountry ski touring.
Summer activities include camping, hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking, train and wildlife watching, rock climbing and bouldering, and mountain climbing and scrambling. Also popular is the Burgess Shale Fossil Beds, a UNESCO world heritage site, where impressively preserved ancient undersea creatures give hints about the nature of life. PLEASE NOTE that the Shale is very well-protected, and if you want to see it, you have to be at the Fields visitor center by 7:30 am; it's a 7-hour guided hike and costs CAN$55.
There are many choices for visitors to the Park, from camping, Alpine Club of Canada huts, and historic lodges to smaller lodging at bed and breakfasts, guesthomes, and chalets. The Kicking Horse Lodge is the main hotel in Field, and there is a motel found on the Trans Canada Highway.
Most lodging within the park will be found in Field.
There are four campsites in Yoho National Park, +1 250 343 6783, ([email protected]), . Camping begins in May, with all campgrounds open by late June, and all closed by mid October. Exact dates vary depending on the year and the snowfall.
The Alpine Club of Canada operates the following:
Other hike-in accommodation includes:
Backcountry camping is highly regulated in order to try to preserve the wilderness. You will need a backcountry pass for camping in any place other than those listed above.
Camping is permitted in the Amiskwi, Otterhead, Ice River, and Porcupine valleys. Campers must be at least 3 km from the highway, 100 m from water and 50 m from the hiking trails. You may not stay in any place for over 3 days. Campsites can be reserved up to 3 months in advance.
Lake O'Hara is a 30 site campground open from mid June to October. Reservations are required and can be made up to 3 months in advance at +1 250 343 6433. 5 sites are reserved for assignment 24 hr in advance.
For additional information, trail maps, and safety concerns, contact Yoho National Park.
Be aware that you can and most likely will encounter all manner of wildlife, from bears to elk to mountain goats. Take the usual precautions you would while travelling in a wilderness area, and give any animals you encounter a wide berth. Travel in groups if at all possible, make lots of noise, etc. Most dangerous animals such as bears will avoid you if they hear or smell you coming.