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The Yoho National Park in British Columbia may be the smallest of the 4 Canadian Rockies’ national parks, but it is also the most dramatic, the most scintillating, and the most contrasting. A true diamond in the rough is an understated yet equally worthy description of Yoho, which when translated is the Cree word for expressing awe. Fed by glaciers, the prominent Kicking Horse River pounds its way through the park, accentuating the almost foreboding atmosphere, and further adds to the already dominating landscape of waterfalls, glacial lakes, and patches of meadow.
Yoho National Park has the further added benefit of being the least tarnished of the 4 Rockies’ parks, leaving its terrain fairly unspoilt and most authentic. Camping is the ideal way to discover and explore the national park as it provides accommodation within the heart of this inspiring location and gives visitors the best vantage points in terms of spellbinding scenery. Yoho National Park is nestled around the charming town of Field and is well-renowned for its postcard scenery backdrop as well as the delicious food found at the local Truffle Pigs Café. Other attractions worth visiting include the Wapta Falls, the Yoho Falls, and the Burgess Shale Fossil Beds.
The shales at the fossil beds are some of the best in the world and were the subject of Stephen Jay Gould’s acclaimed book Wonderful Life. Yoho National Park was honoured with the prestigious title of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 in collaboration with the other national parks of the Canadian Rockies because of its intricate and breathtaking landscape of glaciers, mountain peaks, waterfalls, lakes, limestone caves, and canyons.