Venture in the heart of Golden, British Columbia and YoHo National Park, and there's no doubt about it: you will be talking about your adventure for years to come.
Golden in the heart of the Canadian Rockies could likely be the best location to explore five national parks; Yoho, Glacier, Banff (with Lake Louise), Kootenay and Mount Revelstoke. Golden and Yoho National Park combination is a favourite for its diversity of hiking trails that can be match to any level of fitness, for its waterfalls, for iconic Emerald Lake and other glacier fed rivers and lakes, for impressive waterfalls, and heritage sites from First Nations landmarks, feats of human engineering and spirit, fossil beds and abundant wildlife.
2021 - 2022 Departure Dates and Costs
Self-drive daily departure once pandemic restrictions lift. Departures from Vancouver (Thursdays and Sundays) by coach.
Prices vary with package selected
Travel planning with Tours of Exploration
Our experience and expertise can remove the stress of planning so you can maximize your time in Golden and Yoho National Park. We can connect you to the ideal trails that suit your hiking level and interest. We can provide consulting only services that allow you flexibility and freedom to make accommodation and hiking choices with confidence based on our comprehensive planning tools. Or we can make your accommodation and travel needs matching your accommodation to your budget and style.
Self-drive, or departures from Vancouver (Thursdays and Sundays)
Best time to visit: Each season offers the visitor unique vistas and experiences
Spring & Summer – camping, hiking. Peak summer season bookings should be made well in advance of travel
Fall – spectacular colours and wildlife
Winter – skiing, snowboarding. Hiking not recommended without backcountry experience
Recommended length of stay: 4-5 days.
Stay longer: Use this as your base to do day trips to nearby Lake Louise (1 hour), Banff (1 ½ hours) or Mount Revelstoke National Park (2 hours).
Golden & Yoho National Park - Canadian Rockies Travel
Day 1: Arrive Golden/Yoho National Park (Emerald Lake)
Arrival in Golden in time for a visit to Emerald Lake, the largest of Yoho’s 61 lakes and ponds as well as one of the park’s biggest draws. Time-permitting (2 hours) walk the easy 5.2 km loop around the lake. This is a well-trodden path. Overnight in Golden, Yoho campground or Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
Day 2: Yoho National Park (Paget Lookout hike)
Hikers can enjoy a magnificent 10 km trail (return trip) trail in Yoho National Park towards the Paget Fire Lookout. This hike is considered moderate-difficult and involves substantial elevation gain of 520 meters. The hike begins in a dense sub-alpine forest, and offers the option of a side trip to see the turquoise waters of Sherbrooke Lake. The hike ends with sweeping views of the Continental Divide and the Kicking Horse valleys. Warm layers and a hearty lunch and snacks are recommended to bring along to the hike.
Day 3: Yoho National Park (Lake O'hara hike)
Hike a beautiful route around Lake O'Hara, which offers amazing views and classic Canadian hiking experiences. This will be a self-guided hike with access support to the trail head which is reached by a Parks Canada shuttle service along an 11 km service road that is not available to non-service vehicles. You can choose your hike from a 3 km easy shoreline walk to 8 or 13 km more challenging alpine circuits.
Day 3: Yoho National Park (Takakkaw Falls)
Visit Takakkaw Falls before heading to your next Rocky Mountain Park.
Detailed information, and gear list is provided with bookings.