Yoho National Park Facts

Yoho National Park Facts
Yoho National Park is a 507 square mile park located in British Columbia's southeast region, on the western side of the Rocky Mountains. It is bordered to Banff National Park in Alberta to its eastern side, and Kootenay National Park to its southern edge. Yoho is one of four national parks in Canada's western region, along with three provincial parks, that make up the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, as designated by UNESCO in 1884. Yoho National Park was established in 1886 after Prime Minister John A. Macdonald and his wife visited the area. It became Canada's second national park after Banff National Park.
Interesting Yoho National Park Facts:
Yoho National Park is located on the west side of the continental divide. This area receives more rain and snow than areas east of the continental divide.
There are two icefields in Yoho National Park called Waputik and Wapta. The Canadian Heritage river Kicking Horse River originates at these icefields.
Mountains found in Yoho National Park include Mount Burgess, Mount Stephen, The President, The Vice President, Mount Goodsir, and Mount Balfour.
Within Yoho National Park there are 28 mountain peaks that reach higher than 3000 meters.
Waterfalls found in Yoho National Park include Wapta Falls, Laughing Falls, and Takakkaw Falls, among many others. Western Canada's third highest waterfall is Takakkaw Falls, at 384 meters in height.
Animals that can be found in Yoho National Park include black bears, Grizzly bears, wolves, badgers, moose, lynx, pika, cougars, wolverines, marmots, mountain goats, and elf, as well as a variety of smaller animals such as squirrels, and chipmunks.
A site named Burgess Shale, located in Yoho National Park, has one of the world's most extensive collection of rare fossils in its ground. Charles Doolittle Walcott discovered this site in1909.
There are more than 400 kilometers of trails to hike within Yoho National Park.
Yoho National Park has 61 lakes and ponds within its boundaries. The largest lake in the park is Emerald Lake.
Yoho National Park has one of the most beautiful lakes in Canada and it can only be reached by foot or bus.
Specific points of interest within Yoho National Park for tourists include Wapta Falls, Hoodoos, National Bridge, Emerald Lake, Yoho Valley Road, Takakkaw Falls, and Lower Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint.
Kicking Horse River got its name after a horse kicked the explorer James Hector in the chest in 1858.
Natural Bridge in Yoho National Park is a bridge that was carved out of solid rock by Kicking Horse River.
The temperature at Yoho National Park can vary from -35 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius depending on the time of year. The coldest months are December and January.
Mount Burgess, located in Yoho National Park, was featured on the Canadian ten dollar bill for 17 years.
Glacier National Park was created on the same day in 1886 as Yoho National Park, making it the third national park in Canada.
Visitors to Yoho National Park can camp, fish, sight see, backpack, mountain climb, hike, ski, canoe, snowshoe, or stay in a hotel.

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