Yoho National Park


Lake O'hara

Lakeside cabin at Lake O’Hara Lodge.

Yoho National Park Hotels

Yoho National Park provides a variety of lodging options including hotels all well priced in comparison to Banff. Some travelers make Yoho a base for an entire Canadian Rockies vacation, traveling to Banff (just over an hour’s drive east) or Golden (under an hour west) for supplies and civilized diversions. The streets of Field are lined with private homes offering reasonably priced overnight accommodations in rooms of varying privacy and standard in the $100-200 range. See http://www.field.ca for details. Here are our favourite Yoho National Park accommodations in all price ranges.

TRUFFLE PIGS LODGE (100 Centre Street, Field, 250/343-6303) in the hamlet of Field is the simple yet elegant Kicking Horse Lodge, which offers 14 well-furnished rooms and the highly recommended Truffle Pigs Bistro. Outside of summer, rooms are discounted as low as $150–a great alternative to higher-priced Lake Louise for winter visitors.

EMERALD LAKE LODGE (Emerald Lake Road, 250/343-6321 or 800/663-6336) is a gracious, luxury-class accommodation along the southern shore of one of the Canadian Rockies’ most magnificent lakes. The original lodge was built in 1902 in the same tradition as the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Fairmont Banff Springs–as a playground for wealthy railway travelers. No original buildings remain (although the original framework is used in the main building); instead guests lap up the luxury of richly decorated duplex-style units and freestanding cabins. Each spacious unit is outfitted in a heritage theme and has a wood-burning fireplace, private balcony, luxurious bathroom, comfortable bed topped by a plush duvet, and in-room coffee. Other lodge amenities include a hot tub and sauna, swimming pool, restaurant, lounge, and cafe. Guests can also go horseback riding, or go boating and fishing on Emerald Lake.

CATHEDRAL MOUNTAIN LODGE (Yoho Valley Road, 250/343-6442 or 866/619-6442, mid-May to Sept.) comprises upscale cabins set alongside the Kicking Horse River, Cathedral Mountain Lodge lies one kilometre (0.6 mile) along Yoho Valley Road from the Trans-Canada Highway. In recent years, the original cabins have been replaced by fancy log chalets, with modern amenities and plenty of space to spread out. Each has a log bed topped by a down duvet, stone fireplace, bathroom with soaker tub and bathrobes, and private deck. Within a magnificent timber-frame building in the center of the complex is a stylish restaurant and lounge.

For details on Lake O’Hara Lodge, see this page.