IceFields And Yoho

Some of the best hiking in Canada is in Yoho National Park and along the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) just north of Lake Louise. These areas have a remote feel, with big mountains, beautiful blue lakes and stunning glaciers. To make the best use of your time, we’ve narrowed down the 10 Best hikes to tackle in the region.

Click ‘+MORE INFO’ below a list of the 10 Best Hiking Trails in Yoho National park and along the Icefields Parkway.

The top 10 Hikes near YOHO NATIONAL PARK AND THE ICEFIELDS PARKWAY

We’ve combined these two regions as they are both just outside Lake Louise – Yoho heading west on the Trans-Canada Highway and the Icefields Parkway towards the north. The best hikes are:

#1. Lake O’Hara All Souls Route (15.5km, 800m): One of the finest hikes in the Canadian Rockies, truly incredible in autumn. Crowds are kept at bay on this route due to limited access to Lake O’Hara by bus. You’ll feel as though it’s all your own.

#2. Iceline (13.2km, 770m): A wonderful hike up past the treeline to and along a ridge presenting beautiful vistas across the valley of Takkakaw Falls as fast-receding glaciers teeter above you. You can make this longer or shorter depending on your energy.

#3. Peyto Lake Viewpoint (2.6km, 80m): Get one of the finest views of Peyto Lake on an accessible, family-friendly hike. While the main viewpoint is crowded, opt for the second one, which is often deserted.

#4. Helen Lake and Cirque Peak (17.2km, 1,010m): A wonderful hike with stunning views. This is a challenging day with steady uphill climbs, particularly the final push to the top of Cirque Peak, which also involves some easy scrambling.

#5. Stanley Glacier (8.4km, 365m): Don’t tell anybody, but this hike is actually in Kootenay National Park. It’s so great we had to find a place to put it, so we’ve snuck it in here.

#6. Bow Glacier Falls (8.4km, 155m): We love the hike along Bow Lake, and heading up to the falls gives enormous and wonderful views with some incredible alpine vistas.

#7. Emerald Lake Circuit (5.3km, 50m): This family-friendly hike is packed with amazing scenery, and Emerald Lake is a true highlight of the Canadian Rockies.

#8. Crowfoot Pass and Balfour Viewpoint (15.5km, 800m): This unofficial trail feels wild, and it’s better to go in a group. The views of the Waputik Glacier are stunning and adventurous scramblers can trek to the top of Bow Peak from here. There is a stream crossing at the start.

#9. Lake McArthur (8km, 310m): This hike is only accessible from Lake O’Hara, however it’s an awe-inspiring trip that you should absolutely put on your bucket list.

#10. Niles Meadow and Sherbrooke Lake (21.7km, 1,040m): The route is a wonderful day out, however the trail could use some maintenance, with it being overgrown and some bridges are out, which drops it on the list. Once repairs are made, this will be a real gem.

01. LAKE O’HARA ALL SOULS ROUTE

01. LAKE O’HARA ALL SOULS ROUTE

  • Difficulty
  • 15.5km
  • 794m
  • 5-7h

02. ICELINE

02. ICELINE

  • Difficulty
  • 13.2km
  • 767m
  • 4-6h

PEYTO LAKE VIEWPOINT

 

03. PEYTO LAKE VIEWPOINT

  • Difficulty
  • 2.6km
  • 80m
  • 0.5-1h

04. HELEN LAKE AND CIRQUE PEAK

 

04. HELEN LAKE AND CIRQUE PEAK

  • Difficulty
  • 17.2km
  • 1,007m
  • 6-8h

05. STANLEY GLACIER

05. STANLEY GLACIER

  • Difficulty
  • 8.4km
  • 365m
  • 3-4h

06. BOW GLACIER FALLS

 

06. BOW GLACIER FALLS

  • Difficulty
  • 8.4km
  • 155m
  • 2-3.5h

07. EMERALD LAKE CIRCUIT

 

07. EMERALD LAKE CIRCUIT

  • Difficulty
  • 5.3km
  • 50m
  • 1-2h

08. CROWFOOT PASS AND BALFOUR VIEWPOINT

 

08. CROWFOOT PASS AND BALFOUR VIEWPOINT

  • Difficulty
  • 15.5km
  • 794m
  • 5-7h

09. LAKE MCARTHUR

 

09. LAKE MCARTHUR

  • Difficulty
  • 8km
  • 310m
  • 3-5h

10. NILES MEADOW AND SHERBROOKE LAKE

 

 

10. NILES MEADOW AND SHERBROOKE LAKE

  • Difficulty
  • 21.7km
  • 1,040m
  • 6-8h

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”

– John Muir