Hoff's Aliner Travels
A Travel Blog for US and Canadian Parks with Geological Notes

Yoho National Park, British Columbia

The name Yoho comes from the Cree word for awe and wonder. The park’s towering peaks, expansive glaciers and impressive waterfalls have attracted visitors for over a century. Yoho is also famous for the Burgess Fossil Beds which contain very early Cambrian fossils with fine details.

Wapta Falls

The trail to the falls is a gentle 1.5 mile hike through verdant forest departing from a trailhead a mile off the Trans-Canada Highway. Wapta Falls is the largest waterfall on the Kicking Horse River and is 98 feet high and 490 feet wide. For scale, the 3 people on the second picture were at the top of the ridge of rock in front of the falls.

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake has different vegetation on the east and west ends. The west side gets more moisture and has Western red cedar trees and devil’s club, a large plant with thorns and maple-like leaves. The west side even has some rare orchids. The east side has a more typical vegetation of drier areas of the Canadian Rockies.

Natural Bridge

On the way to Emerald Lake you can stop at Natural Bridge which was created by the Kicking Horse River.

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