COVID-19 and your visit to Yoho National Park
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Important information about your visit to Yoho National Park
Visitors can safely and confidently visit the parks, however, it will be a different experience with COVID related safety measures in place. Now, more than ever, it is important to be prepared for your trip to the national park. Come prepared with your own “COVID-kit” including water, snacks, hand sanitizer and toilet paper.
Update on Travel in British Columbia – April 23, 2021
Parks Canada is aware of travel restrictions announced on April 23, 2021 by the Government of British Columbia. The new restrictions may impact travel plans for some Parks Canada visitors. Parks Canada will provide more information regarding camping reservations as it becomes available. All visitors to Parks Canada administered destinations are encouraged to plan ahead, ensure their visit adheres to current regional / provincial / national restrictions, and regularly check the Parks Canada website for the latest information on access, services, and measures that may be in place for health and safety.
Yoho National Park is open during planned Highway 1 closures in 2021.
The Trans-Canada Highway will be closed west of Yoho National Park due to scheduled highway improvements east of Golden. B.C. Yoho remains open to visitors. Visit Kicking Horse Canyon Project for more information
What's open (as of April 7, 2021)
- Yoho National Park and the community of Field are open.
- The public restrooms at the Yoho Visitor Centre are open.
- Emerald Lake Road and Emerald Lake are open.
- The Trans-Canada Highway is open through Yoho National Park.
- In April, May and June 2021, the Trans-Canada Highway will be closed west of Yoho National Park. Yoho National Park remains open. A detour for through travellers will be in place via Highway 95 and Highway 93 South through Kootenay National Park.
- More info and dates: Kicking Horse Canyon Project
- Trails are open and trail conditions are updated here: Yoho Trail Conditions
- Some trails are subject to avalanche hazard from early November until late May. Consult the trail report or a Parks Canada visitor centre for safe and fun options.
What's closed (as of April 7, 2021)
- The Yoho Visitor Centre is closed for the winter. Please email or call for trip planning advice at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-522-3833
- Park Passes can be purchased online prior to your visit.
- Frontcountry and backcountry camping are closed for the winter season. Information about reservations is available here: Parks Canada Reservations
- Yoho Valley Road (Takakkaw Falls) and Wapta Falls Road are closed to vehicles for the winter and will reopen when conditions permit in late June 2021.
Lake O'Hara (as of April 26 2021)
The Lake O’Hara day use shuttle random draw reservation is still open until April 30, 2021. Successful applicants will not be notified until further details are available on travel restrictions in the Province of BC.
- Lake O’Hara is accessible by hike in/out or Parks Canada shuttle bus
- Bikes are not permitted on the Lake O’Hara Road
- Cooking shelters remain closed at this time
- Parks Canada will be operating the Lake O’Hara shuttle this season from June 18 to October 3, 2021.
- Reservations for day-use/bus service to Lake O’Hara will be made by random draw. Applications for the random draw can be made online through the Parks Canada Reservation Service or by telephone at: 1-877-737-3783 between April 1, 2021 and April 30, 2021.
- Only visitors with a camping reservation will be permitted to overnight in the campground.
- The Lake O’Hara campground is open from June 18 to October 2, 2021. Reservations for the 2021 season launch: April 27, 2021 at 8 am MST and can be made online through the Parks Canada Reservation Service or by telephone at: 1-877-737-3783. Camping reservations include the ability to reserve an ingoing bus ride.
Camping and COVID-19 (as of February 5, 2021)
- Frontcountry campgrounds will open for the 2021 season. See Frontcountry Camping for individual site opening dates.
- Reservations for the 2021 season launch: April 13, 2021 at 8 am MST and can be made online through the Parks Canada Reservation Service or by telephone at: 1-877-737-3783.
- Most backcountry campgrounds are open with no capacity restrictions, with the exception of Lake O’Hara and Takakkaw Falls. Reservations are required, with the exception of Takakkaw Falls.
- Where applicable, common cooking shelters are closed. Food lockers are open.
- Many trails and backcountry campgrounds remain snow-covered. Please check trail reports prior to visiting.
- The Parks Canada Reservation System will open to new reservations for backcountry camping in Yoho National Park, not including Takkakaw Falls, on April 16, 2021 at 8 am MST.
Your safety when visiting
Going outdoors is a great way to maintain health and wellness as long as you are following physical distancing practices. Visitors are asked to continue to follow the advice of public health experts on personal hygiene and physical distancing while enjoying the national parks. Visitors should be conservative in their choices and try to avoid injury or the need for emergency response.
As visitor facilities will still be limited, visitors should come prepared when visiting the national parks. Bring hand sanitizer and masks avoid touching high-use surfaces, and if you are unwell, stay home.
Parks Canada will continue to monitor the situation and put in place appropriate measures to help Canadians follow the advice of public health experts, however continuing to flatten the curve is all of our responsibility. If we all work together, we can keep our families, friends, neighbours and communities safe and healthy while enjoying our time outdoors.
Parks Canada is working with our partners to keep visitors and residents informed and safe.
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