Yoho National Park
Canadas Most Scenic National Parks
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Yoho is the native Cree expression that means “awe and wonder”; Yoho National Park on the western side of the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia inspires such amazement, and is aptly named. In close proximity to the Continental Divide (where water flows from west to the Pacific or east to the Atlantic, depending on which side of the Divide the water exists) adds to its fascination.
Yoho National Park is one of the best national parks in Canada; it is certainly rich with diversity and natural beauty. Everywhere that visitors look, they see freshwater lakes and rivers, rock facades, waterfalls, mountain peaks and staggering vistas. This is literally where the mountains meet the sea.
Because of this variety and scenic wonder, Yoho National Park offers all manner of excellent outdoor activities, including hiking and climbing, fishing, cycling, and back-packing. In winter, visitors ski and snowshoe the area. It offers four campgrounds (book early, as sites fill up quickly in the summer months).
Settled into a 500,000-year-old fossil base, the park also contains, besides abundant flora and fauna, and graceful mountainside slopes a mountain pass that connects the western face of the Rockies to the balance of Canada. This sense of passage and linking add dramatically to the mystery, the sense of awe and wonder inherent in Yoho National Park.