During the second week in September, I was lucky enough to stay a night at the Lake O’Hara campground in Yoho National Park. It is one of the more popular area’s (maybe the most popular) in the Canadian Rockies, and for good reason. Each and every hike in the area is spectacular.
Due to the popularity of the area, access is restricted. As such, you have a few options to get there.
- Book a campsite at the Lake O’Hara campground. You will need to do this exactly three months ahead of when you wish to arrive. You should call and reserve within a few minutes of the reservation line opening for the day. You’ll be shuttled into the campground via a park operated bus.
- Book a shuttle ride in on the shuttle bus. As with camping, you will want to be very quick to reserve this.
- You can walk in and take the bus out. The walk in is around 11km up a dirt road. There is a fee to ride the bus out. I believe the fee is $10.
- Reserve a spot at the Lake O’Hara lodge. This is too expensive for me, so I don’t know much about it.
- Stay at the Alpine Club of Canada hut.
Be sure to read through the parks guide on the area for complete details.
It’s an amazing area which you certainly will not regret visiting. The only downside I can see is that it’s a busy area which you can expect to share with a lot of people. A solitary wilderness experience, this is not.
Here are some pictures to give you an idea of the sights.