As a map suggests, Yoho National Park is pretty much just a much smaller, British Columbian extension of Banff National Park on the western side of the Continental Divide. The scenery is every bit as dramatic, and some fairly tight regulations at key spots means it’s spared much of Banff’s crowds.
Yoho gets its name from the Cree word for “wonder”, which perfectly sums up the grandeur of its mountains, lakes and waterfalls. It’s bisected by the Trans-Canada (Hwy-1) and a railroad which both travel some 80km as they climb from Lake Louise over the Kicking Horse Pass and drops down the broad, glacial Kicking Horse River valley down to the town of Golden. Various road-side trailheads provide access to good short but scenic trails.
The only settlement, Field, has the park centre, services and accommodation, which is also available at several other busier hubs: Lake O’Hara (reservations required); the Yoho Valley and Emerald Lake, from which radiate most of the park’s magnificent trails.