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Yoho National Park was established in 1886 and is bordered to the south by Kootenay National Park and Banff National Park to the east. Yoho National Park covers about 500 square miles and is the smallest of four continuous national parks that make up the Canadian Rocky World Heritage Site. Located along the western slope of the Continental Divide, the park protects a beautiful chunk of the Rocky Mountains. The word “Yoho” is a Cree word that expresses awe and amazement, which is fitting for such a beautiful park filled with mountains, rock walls, soaring peaks, majestic waterfalls, lakes, rivers, forests and a diversity of plant and animal life. This truly is an incredible British Columbia camping spot!
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The weather in Yoho National Park is unpredictable and ever changing. Summer tends to be in the mid 50’s, although temperatures in elevations over 4,900 feet can easily fall below freezing and snow is not uncommon. Winter is cold and harsh. The coldest months are December through February. Because the park is on the western side of the Continental Divide, it receives more rain and snow each year than land on the eastern side. Precipitation increases with elevation. Summer is the most popular time to visit the park, although fall is a pleasant time with rich and beautiful fall colors on display. A daily entrance fee is required when stopping in the park. The cost for an adult is CA$9.80, $8.30 for seniors, $4.90 for children, and $19.60 for a family of up to seven people traveling in one car. An annual pass is $67.70 for an adult, $57.90 for seniors, $33.30 for children and $136.40 for a family. Open year round, the park is accessible year round with only brief road closures due to snow.
Visitors to Yoho National Park have a very wide range of activities to choose from. You can get out and explore the park on foot, and with over 250 miles of hiking trails, there is a wide range of hikes to choose from. You can take an easy stroll along a lake shore or adventure up a mountain trail. Many trails are also suitable for mountain bikes and horses. Yoho National Park is also a big destination for mountain climbers, and a permit is required before you can set out. The lakes and rivers that fill the park can be explored by kayak or canoe, which you can bring with you or rent at the park. Wildlife ranges from elk and moose to coyotes and wolves, and the possibility of catching a glimpse of these wild creatures is always right around the corner. Winter activities range from cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to waterfall ice climbing and ski touring. With so much to offer every camper, Yoho National Park really is an amazing British Columbia camping destination!
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