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A Summer Drive in Yoho National Park

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The always breathtaking Yoho National park is home to some of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife in Canada. Enjoy a day at your leisure, taking a drive through this national park. This area offers some beautiful views, be sure to visit us at the Concierge Desk for tips and recommendations. Please be cautious of your surroundings, wildlife is everywhere, remember to stay at least three bus lengths away.

See the full drive on Google Maps.

To commence your drive, continue on Highway 1 West from Lake Louise. Distance are noted from the Lake Louise Highway junction.

Enjoy this viewpoint, especially if you are fortunate enough to arrive when a train is travelling through; you might glimpse the front of the train emerging from the tunnel, as the rear of the train is still entering the tunnel. These tunnels were completed in 1909 to bring the rail bed to a safe grade for trains to pass through. These are many interesting facts you will learn at this Interpretive Display.

This winding 13 kilometre access road will lead you to the heart of the Yoho Valley. Along the way, past the "Meeting of the Waters," you will come to the switchbacks that safely lead you through a small cliff face; watch as the buses maneuver by reversing through the middle of the switchback! Continue to the end of this twisty road, to the parking area for the Takakkaw Falls viewpoint. This impressive waterfall is the second highest in Canada over 6 times the height of Niagara Falls. This highlight can be saved for later in the day to enjoy a higher water volume at the falls.

After 2 km you will reach the Natural Bridge. This ridge of limestone spans the river creating a bridge and interesting pathway to enjoy this natural phenomenon. Continue driving for another 6.5 km to reach the silt-laden waters of Emerald Lake. This is a special place to enjoy the peace and diversity of the mountain environment. Dramatic hiking, canoeing and horseback riding all are available starting rom the Lodge. A simple walk around the lake will reveal the two very different landscapes that are found here.