When it comes to spectacular natural scenery there are few countries that can compete with Canada. Its vast wilderness areas are full of mountains, forests and rivers, making them the ideal setting for adventure holidays.
There is a choice of great destinations for intrepid holidaymakers in Canada, but booking western Canada tours will provide you with the opportunity to visit many of the most challenging and beautiful landscapes in North America – including Yoho National Park.
One of four national parks in the Canadian Rockies, Yoho is a stunning expanse of unspoiled wilderness. It is possible to spend several days there without seeing another person, providing you with the opportunity to enjoy an almost unrivalled sense of tranquility.
Yoho is famous for its lakes, rivers and waterfalls, which provide some of the most beautiful sights in Canada. The park has more than 60 lakes and large ponds, including the stunning Emerald Lake, which is surrounded by green forest and enclosed by mountains, making it one of the most peaceful spots you will ever visit.
Much less quiet are the park’s two main waterfalls. A visit to Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest in Canada, will allow you to witness the spectacular sight of water crashing down from the Daly Glacier, while you will see the might of the Kicking Horse river at the 150m-wide Wapta Falls.
Kicking Horse is very fast flowing at points in the park, making it ideal for white water rafting. The activity is certainly not for the faint-hearted, but those brave enough to try it will be rewarded with a truly exhilarating experience. If rafting is not for you, there are lots of places where you could try a spot of canoeing.
The rivers, forest and mountains provide the perfect terrain for a host of outdoor pursuits. If you travel to Yoho in the winter you will have the chance to try cross country skiing or ice climbing, while horse riding, mountain biking, climbing and hiking are among the popular activities with summer visitors.
Hiking is one of the best ways to explore the park and see the wildlife that inhabits it. While walking through the forests and foothills you may be lucky enough to encounter the magnificent sight of a grizzly bear, or spot some wolves or lynx.
On foot is the only way you will be able to see Yoho’s most-famous attraction. The park is home to one of the world’s best-known fossil fields, the Burgess Shale. This UNESCO World Heritage Site contains an unrivalled selection of well-preserved examples of fossils of the earliest modern animals.
The site is sure to be fascinating for anyone with even a passing interest in palaeontology, but access is limited as part of efforts to prevent collectors taking the fossils. To reach the Burgess Shale you will have to join a guided hike over some tough terrain, taking you up Mount Stephen or across Mount Burgess to Walcott’s Quarry.
It is this kind of landscape that makes Yoho a perfect adventure holiday destination for people who enjoy hiking and climbing. You could test yourself by tackling the park’s highest peak Mount Goodsir or, if you do not have a lot of experience, try one of the smaller forest-covered hills that will take you up to some of the beautiful lakes.
One other outdoor activity it makes sense to take part in during your stay in Yoho is camping. It will take more than a day to visit everything you want to see and camping in the park will ensure you don’t waste time travelling, as well as allowing you to experience its eerie after-dark atmosphere.
Travelling to Canada for adventure holidays will also give you the chance to visit the national parks of Jasper and Banff and see more of the Canadian Rockies. The parks are ideal places for outdoor activities, with their combination of icefields, glaciers, mountains and forests.
And why not finish your western Canada tour by spending a day in Vancouver? The busy coastal city has a host of attractions, including Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge, but after spending a couple of weeks in the wilderness, you may find its restaurants and bars are Vancouver’s biggest draw.