Yoho National Park

Yoho National Park

Infobox_protected_area | name = Yoho National Park
iucn_category = II

caption = Location of "Yoho" National Park
locator_x = 48
locator_y = 168
location = British Columbia, Canada
nearest_city = Golden
lat_degrees = 51
lat_minutes = 23
lat_seconds = 43
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 116
long_minutes = 29
long_seconds = 12
long_direction = W
area = 1,313 km²
established = 1886
visitation_num =
visitation_year =
governing_body = Parks Canada
world_heritage_site = [http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/304 304]

Yoho National Park is located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains along the western slope of the Continental Divide in southeastern British Columbia. Yoho NP is bordered by Kootenay National Park on the southern side and Banff National Park on the eastern side. The name Yoho comes from a Cree word expressing amazement.

Yoho covers 1,313 km² (507 mi²) and it is the smallest of the four contiguous national parks (NP). Yoho, together with Jasper NP, Kootenay NP and Banff NP, along with three British Columbia provincial parks—Hamber Provincial Park, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, and Mount Robson Provincial Park—form the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.

The park's administrative offices and visitor centre are located in the town of Field, British Columbia, beside the Trans-Canada Highway.

World Heritage Site

This park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, together with the other national and provincial parks that form the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, for the mountain landscapes containing mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and limestone caves as well as fossils found here.


The Kicking Horse River, a Canadian Heritage river, originates in the Wapta and Waputik icefields in the park. This mighty river has created a Natural Bridge through solid rock. This formation is located 3 km west of Field, accessible from the road to Emerald Lake.

The Canadian Rockies consist of sedimentary rock, with numerous fossil deposits. In particular, the Burgess Shale, located in Yoho National Park, has among the world's richest deposits of rare fossils. The Burgess Shale was discovered in 1909 by Charles Doolittle Walcott.


*Mount Burgess 2,599m (8,527ft) is a frequently climbed mountain. For 17 years it was featured on the Canadian ten-dollar bill.
*Mount Stephen 3,199m (10,496ft) is the tallest of the four mountains that surround the town of Field, British Columbia. A portion of the Burgess Shale fossils were discovered on Mount Stephen.
*The President 3,138m (10,296ft)
*The Vice President 3,066m (10,060ft)
*Mount Goodsir 3,567m (11,703ft)


*Takakkaw Falls
*Wapta Falls

ee also

*List of lakes in Yoho National Park

External links

* [http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/yoho/ Parks Canada web site] (bilingual)
* [http://www.field.ca/ A travel guide for Yoho National Park and the village of Field, BC]
* [http://bivouac.com/ArxPg.asp?ArxId=2024 Yoho National Park on the Canadian Mountain Encyclopedia ( Bivouac.com)]
* [http://www.pc.gc.ca/docs/v-g/pm-mp/guidem-mguide/index_e.asp Parks Canada - Official National Parks and Mountain Guide]
* [http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0008754 An article on Yoho National Park from "The Canadian Encyclopedia"]

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