Yoho National Park is our favorite national park. It’s located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains . While the name might seem a little strange, it actually means awe and wonder (it comes from a Cree expression) … and awe and wonder is incredibly accurate when talking about this place.

Yoho National Park

This incredibly beautiful park was established in 1886 and has twenty-eight mountain peaks in total. If you’re not impressed, this amounts to 3000 meters in height. The park is covered in hiking trails, in fact there is not less than 400 kilometers of hiking trails. In other words, you won’t run out of road when visiting there for a week.

Yoho National Park mapThe real beauty comes from the many waterfalls, our favorite being Laughing Falls. Equally impressive is Takakkaw Falls, which is actually one of the highest waterfalls in Canada at 833 ft. If you think we’re exaggerating the beauty of this park, then rest assured, we’re not! Part of the park was designated a World Heritage Site all the way back in 1981 following a fossil find.

Finally, as the picture above shows, the lakes are just as impressive as the mountains, waterfall and hiking trails. The largest lake in the park is Emerald Lake, but there are 61 lakes if one isn’t enough for you!

The map on this page shows just how large this place is! National Geographic calls this park “small but spectacular”. We think it’s large enough though at  1,313 km2.

If you’re still not convinced this is a must-visit national park, this video may convince you of just how beautiful this place is: