Yoho National Park is open year-round. The peak season is during July and August. Some Parks Canada services are only available from May to early-October.


Visitor centre | Campgrounds | Roads and day use areas | Seasonal closures and restrictions

Visitor centre

The Yoho National Park Visitor Centre is located on the Trans-Canada Highway in the community of Field, British Columbia. The visitor centre shares a building with the Friends of Yoho and Travel Alberta. Come in to speak with our friendly parks staff or to visit a small scale exhibit of the Burgess Shale Fossils.

  • January 1 to April 30, 2021: Closed
  • May 1 to May 31, 2021: 9 am to 5 pm
  • June 1 to September 19, 2021: 8:30 am to 7 pm
  • September 20 to October 11, 2021: 8:30 am to 5 pm
  • October 12, 2021 to April 30, 2022: Closed 

Friends of Yoho Gift Shop

Be sure to stop by the Friends of Yoho Gift Shop to take home a Yoho momento.

  • May 1 to May 31: 9 am to 5 pm
  • June 1 to September 19: Tuesdays to Fridays 9 am to 7 pm, Saturdays to Mondays 9 am to 4:30 pm
  • September 20 to Oct 12: Fridays to Mondays 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays to Thursdays closed

Campgrounds

Yoho National Park’s campgrounds operate from mid-May until early October.

Roads and day use areas

Yoho National Park is bisected by the Trans-Canada Highway. Day use areas located along the Trans-Canada Highway are open seasonally from May until mid-October. In winter, the highway is controlled for avalanches to ensure visitor safety and to reduce the frequency of road closures. Winter tires or mud and snow (M+S) tires are required from October 1 to March 31. 

Emerald Lake Road, located 3 km west of Field, is open year round.

The Yoho Valley Road, located 5 km east of Field, is open seasonally from late June until mid-October, weather permitting. 

Seasonal closures and restrictions

Additional closures and restrictions may happen at any time, in any location, and without prior notice. See the Important Bulletins page for a current listing.

Annual closures and restrictions in Yoho National Park.
Where When Activity Why Closed Restricted
Picnic and day use areas Mid-October to mid-May All activities Closed for the season Yes -
Campgrounds Mid-October to mid-May All activities Closed for the season Yes -
Spiral Tunnels Viewpoint Mid-October to mid-May All activities Closed for the season Yes -
Yoho Valley Road (Takakkaw Falls) October 12 to mid-June Driving Avalanche risk  Yes -
Burgess Shale fossil beds Year-round Hiking To protect fragile, unique and important sites - Yes
McArthur Valley May 1 to August 15 Hiking Frequented by grizzly bears Yes -
McArthur Valley August 15 to November 30 Hiking Frequented by grizzly bears - Yes
Odaray Prospect and Plateau May 1 to November 30 Hiking To limit disturbance in a wildlife corridor Yes -
Odaray Highline Trail May 1 to November 30 Hiking To limit disturbance in a wildlife corridor Yes -