The Best Places to Stay in Yoho National Park

Barbara J. Cote

The best places to stay in Yoho National Park are nestled among some of the park’s natural, most beautiful scenery. Yoho National Park is home to many World Heritage Sites and famous landmarks. But for some reason, the park is often overshadowed by its sister Banff National Park. Though that doesn’t mean Yoho is any less worthy of a visit. With soaring mountain peaks, icy blue and green lakes, and no parking issues – Yoho might…dare I say it? … be better than Banff.

Located right on the beautiful emerald-colored Lake is Emerald Lake Lodge. As you arrive at the lodge it feels like the beginning of a Great Gatsby vacation. After a walk around the lake be sure to order the espresso martini later that evening in the Mount Burgess Dining Room.

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If you’re looking to really experience the Great Canadian Rockies, the best place to stay in Yoho National Park is in this family-owned timber log cabin. The cabin comes with a charming stone chimney, cozy bonfire pit, and tranquility. The cabin has two floors, with a loft on the top floor housing 2 queens. The bottom floor has a kitchen to cook your meals, another bedroom and bathroom, and a living room with a pull-out sofa – so you can bring the whole crew on your rocky mountain weekend getaway.

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Another great place to stay in Yoho National Park is in a timber frame cabin located on the banks of the Kicking Horse River. Listen to the melody of the forest and the rushing water as you sit on the adorable front porch and watch out for wildlife. Once you get hungry, indulge all of your culinary senses at Riverside Restaurant and Lounge, featuring Western Canada’s best in-season regional cuisine. If you love the great outdoors but also like the comforts, Cathedral Mountain Lodge is your perfect Canadian Rockies destination.

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Whether you plan to spend your time at Lake O’Hara hiking in the backcountry or simply relaxing while taking in the enchanting scenery, accommodations at the lodge are a welcome sanctuary. Satisfying meals from an ever-evolving menu are included in your stay so you don’t need a kitchen. Here, generations of adventurers have created a space that is proud to host the comforts of home while sitting at the edge of the untamed natural world.

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Yoho Guesthouse located in Field , Britiish Columbia is the perfect place to stay if you are planning to explore the area. Because of its central location to Lake Louise, Banff and Yoho, Field is a popular place to stay for campers as well.

Campgrounds in Yoho national park

Kicking Horse Campground has easy access to the Village of Field, the Spiral Tunnels National Historic Site, and the spectacular Takakkaw Falls. The scenic campground is nestled in the forest alongside the Kicking Horse River, with stunning views of Cathedral Mountain. A series of short trails lead from the campground for campers to explore.

Reservations are highly recommended at this location because sites fill up quickly, especially in the summer. Campsites are unserviced and best suited for tents, or motorhomes and trailers up to 50 feet.

Monarch Campground is nestled below the historic Kicking Horse mineshafts and across the valley from the massive summits of Mount Stephen and Cathedral Mountain. The Kicking Horse River nearby provides excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. This area is perfectly located for travelers looking to explore the dense natural and human history in the area, and the mountain village of Field nearby.

Campsites are unserviced and best suited for tents, or motorhomes and trailers up to 27 feet.

Takakkaw Falls Campground is located at the top of Yoho Valley Road in Yoho National Park. This walk-in campground features spectacular panoramic views amid the roar of Takakkaw Falls. It is the gateway to the Little Yoho Valley & is the main trailhead for Laughing Falls, Twin Falls, Ice Line, Whaleback & Yoho Glacier Trails. It offers a unique sub-alpine wilderness experience, yet is easily accessible.

This campground operates from June to October on a first-come, first-served policy. You will need a National Park Pass to enter the campground.

Hoodoo Creek Campground sits on a sunny open meadow with stunning views of Mt. Hunter. Hikers can enjoy access to numerous popular hikes nearby including the historic Deer Lodge Warden Cabin, Wapta Falls, Mt Hunter Fire Lookout, and the Hoodoos trail overlooking the campground.

Hoodoo Creek Launch maps

Campsites are unserviced and best suited for tents, or motorhomes and trailers up to 50 feet.

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