The park provides a variety of options, 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.
HI—Yoho National ParkAddress: Yoho Valley Rd. Phone: 403/760-7580 or 866/762-4122
Open: late June to September
Prices: members $24, nonmembers $27
Marvel at the wonder of Takakkaw Falls from the deck at HI—Yoho National Park, also known as Whiskey Jack Hostel, which offers basic dormitory accommodation for up to 27 guests, who have use of a communal kitchen and showers. Check-in is 5 to 11 p.m.
Fireweed HostelAddress: 313 Stephen Avenue Phone: 250/343-6999 or 877/343-6999 Website: www.fireweedhostel.com Prices: dorms $40, $125 d, two-bedroom suite $160
In downtown Field, Fireweed Hostel is one of the few private backpacker lodges in the Canadian Rockies–and it’s a good one. It’s a modern, purpose-built building with solid bunk beds topped by pillow-top mattresses, a beautiful lounge with log fireplace and LCD TV, and a modern well-equipped kitchen.
Elizabeth Parker HutAddress: Lake O’Hara (see Lake O’Hara Hiking for details of access) Phone: 403/678-3200, Website: www.alpineclubofcanada.ca Prices: $45 per person per night ($30 for Alpine Club members)
At Lake O’Hara is the Elizabeth Parker Hut, one of over a dozen rustic accommodations scattered through the Canadian Rockies that is owned and operated by the Alpine Club of Canada. What stands this accommodation apart from the other Alpine Club properties is its accessibility–just a short walk from the shuttle bus drop-off point at Lake O’Hara. (To book a seat on the bus, call the reservations line at 250/343-6433 three months in advance. Seats are limited.) Guests bring their own bedding and food, and sleep in dorm-style beds. Most beds are filled via a lottery system that requires registration by November 1 for the following summer.
Bed and Breakfast
Alpine GuesthouseAddress: 313 2nd Avenue Phone: 250/343-6878 Website: www.alpineguesthouse.ca Prices: $170 to $260 s or d in summer
The streets of Field are lined with private homes offering reasonably priced overnight accommodations in rooms of varying privacy and standard. One of the better choices is the Alpine Guesthouse, with a modern two-bedroom suite–complete with a kitchen, cable TV, outdoor patio, and private entrance for $195 per night (as low as $95 in winter). Like everywhere else in Field, it’s within walking distance of the general store and Truffle Pigs Bistro.
Hotels and Lodges
Kicking Horse LodgeAddress: 100 Centre Street Phone: 250/343-6303, Website: www.trufflepigs.com Prices: $170 to $260 s or d in summer
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 $120–a great alternative to higher-priced Lake Louise for winter visitors.
Emerald Lake LodgeAddress: Emerald Lake Road Phone: 250/343-6321 or 800/663-6336 Website: www.crmr.com Prices: summer rates from $345 s or d
Emerald Lake Lodge 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 LodgeAddress: Yoho Valley Road Phone: 250/343-6442 or 866/619-6442 Website: www.cathedralmountain.com Open: mid-May to September Prices: $289 to $389 s or d
Comprising upscale cabins set alongside the Kicking Horse River, Cathedral Mountain Lodge lies one kilometer (0.6 mile) along Yoho Valley Road from the TransCanada 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. Rates include a continental breakfast and naturalist program. Within a magnificent timber-frame building in the center of the complex is a stylish restaurant and lounge.
Lake O’Hara LodgeAddress: Lake O’Hara Phone: 250/343-6418 Website: www.lakeohara.com Open: mid-June to early October Prices: summer rates from $460 s, $595 d inclusive of meals
Spending a night at Lake O’Hara Lodge is a special experience, and one that draws familiar faces year after year. On a practical level, it allows hikers not equipped for overnight camping the opportunity to explore one of the finest hiking destinations in all of the Canadian Rockies at their leisure. The 15 one-bedroom cabins, each with a private bathroom, are spread around the lakeshore, while within the main lodge are eight rooms, most of which are twins and share bathrooms. Rates of $460 s, $595 d for a room in the main lodge (shared bathrooms) and $860 to 865 d for a cabin include all meals, taxes, gratuities, and transportation. As the lodge is located 13 kilometers (eight miles) from Highway 1, guests arrive by a shuttle bus that departs from a parking lot three kilometers (1.9 miles) west of the Continental Divide and 15 kilometers (nine miles) east of Field. Between February and April, the eight rooms in the main lodge are available for cross-country skiers for $337.50 per person, inclusive of meals and ski tours.