Yoho National Park


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Yoho National Park

(yō`hō), 507 sq mi (1,313 sq km), SE British Columbia, Canada, in the Rocky Mts. at the Alta. border; est. 1886. It lies W of the Continental Divide, adjoining Banff and Kootenay national parks, and contains lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, and high mountains, with a number of peaks more than 10,000 ft (3,048 m) high. Park headquarters are at Field, which is a center for mountain climbing.

Yoho National Park

Address:PO Box 99
Field, BC V0A1G0

Phone:250-343-6783
Fax:250-343-6012
Web: www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/yoho
Size: 1,313 sq. km.
Established: 1896.
Location:On the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains near Field, British Columbia; 832 km. east of Vancouver, and 210 km west of Calgary on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1. Borders Banff National Park to the east and Kootenay National Park to the south (see separate entries).
Facilities:The town of Field, located in the park, includes lodge, guest houses, restaurants, and other basic services. Park facilities also include Emerald Lake Lodge (24 cabin-style buildings), 4 frontcountry campgrounds, backcountry campgrounds, and hiking trails (400 km).
Activities:Camping, hiking, canoeing and kayaking, rafting, fishing, horseback riding, bicycling, mountaineering, wildlife viewing, cross-country skiing, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Park includes 28 mountain peaks over 3,000 meters and one of the world's most important fossil finds, the Burgess Shale Formation, that contains the fossilized remains of more than 120 marine animal species dating back 515 million years. The Burgess Shale World Heritage Site is now incorporated into the larger Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site with Yoho, Kootenay, Banff and Jasper national parks, and Mt. Assiniboine, Mt. Robson and Hamber provincial parks. Other notable features at Yoho include the Spiral Tunnels, which were cut through the park's mountains to make way for the railroad; Takakkaw Falls, with a free fall of 254 meters, the third highest in Canada; and the Natural Bridge, where the Kicking Horse River has carved its way through solid rock.

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There are at least 60 lakes in the Yoho National Park, but this one is the largest and most spectacular, flanked as it is by dense, fragrant cedar and pine forests and snow clad peaks beyond.
MONTREAL: Three Canadian Pacific railway workers were killed Monday in a derailment of a freight train in Canada's westernmost British Columbia province, the company said.The westbound train went off the tracks east of the town of Field, in Yoho National Park, at about 1 AM local time (0900 GMT).
But instead of heading straight to the airport, I turn west when I reach the Trans-Canada Highway just north of Lake Louise and cross the border into British Columbia and its less famous Yoho National Park. Established one year after Banff in 1886, Yoho is considerably smaller, with about SOO square miles of grand lakes, thunderous falls, and mountain heights.
The trip includes visits to the mountain town of Banff, Lake Louise, Yoho National Park, along with an Ice Explorer ride over the Athabasca Glacier at Columbia Icefield and a chance to explore the famous Butchart Gardens on Victoria Island.
Water has always played an important part in my life, from living in Yoho National Park to my master's degree in glaciology and climate change to my current work with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society to protect the pristine Peel Watershed in northern Yukon.
The site is home to a new fossil assemblage that is approximately the same age as the famous Burgess Shale deposit in Yoho National Park, only 40 kilometres away.
Jean-Bernard Caron, lead study author and an invertebrate paleontologist at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, said that the rate at which they are finding animals, many of which are new, is astonishing, and there is a high possibility that they will eventually find more species at the original Yoho National Park site, and potentially more than from anywhere else in the world.
Researchers from the University of Montreal discovered the fossils in Canada's Burgess Shale fossil beds in Yoho National Park. The beds are 505 million years old.
Long extinct, pikaia has been found only in the Burgess shale fossil beds of Canada's Yoho National Park. It was first discovered in 1911 and thought to belong to the leech or earthworm family.
Every specimen of Pikaia discovered so far has come from the Burgess Shale fossil beds in Canada's Yoho National Park, which date back 505 million years.
Located in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, the Tulip Beds were first discovered in 1983 by the Royal Ontario Museum.