Yoho National Park Outdoor Activities

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Written by Madison Valois posted on Monday, May 27th, 2013

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Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park

YOHO NATIONAL PARK – British Columbia, Canada – Even though Yoho National Park is the smallest of the four Canadian Rockies national parks, it is by no means lacking any kind of outdoor excitement! Read on to find some great Yoho National Park outdoor activities for you and your family to enjoy on your next Canadian Rockies vacation in British Columbia.

Visit Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park

Emerald Lake stands out more than just because it’s the largest lake in Yoho National Park. It’s well-known for its uniquely coloured water. The turquoise colour is caused by powdered limestone. You can best see it in July, when the snowmelt from the mountains fills out the lake.

Whitewater Rafting in Yoho National Park

Whitewater rafting the Kicking Horse River is a must when you visit Yoho National Park, British Columbia. Located 3 km west of Field, B.C., it’s accessible from the road to Emerald Lake. Whitewater rafting the Kicking Horse River is a great activity for families and experienced rafters alike. With its class II and class III rapids, it’s exciting enough for beginners but not too daunting.

Yoho National Park’s Treasure: The Burgess Shale

As the Canadian Rockies’ most famous fossil fields, the Burgess Shale attracts thousands of people every year to Yoho National Park, British Columbia. The Burgess Shale was discovered in 1909 by Charles Walcott, and he spent a significant portion of his life amassing specimens from the field. It was not until several decades after his death did scientists take interest in his work. Eventually, Parks Canada recognized the importance of the Burgess Shale as a historical and cultural landmark, and in the late 1980s, the Burgess Shale came to the public’s attention. Now everyone can enjoy the Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park.


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