Yoho National Park
Leaving Glacier and Mount Revelstoke we turned back east along Trans-Canada 1 where we spent a day in Yoho National Park. We got an early start on the Wapta Falls Trail, a short 5km hike that leads to the largest waterfall on the Kicking Horse River – a 492 foot wide stretch of river that plummets 98 feet.
Making our way northeast, we made our next stop at the famous 4 step Takakkaw Falls that cascade nearly a thousand feet down the mountain face.. There isn’t any hiking to get to this astounding ribbon of water draining the Daly Glacier and Waputnik Icefield so it was naturally a crowded little spot, set up for lots of visitors. Thus, we were able to finally follow the advice Park Canada keeps giving us in their national park brochures under Top 10 Things to Do: “Take a selfie” while having a “Red Chair Experience.” As those who have visited Canadian National Parks recently know, these red chairs were placed in the most popular spots in all the parks a few years ago as part of a marketing campaign but you bet I snagged some photos of Tom and Abbs in the chairs, followed by a selfie with my (semi-uncooperative) pooch while we were there.
From Takakkaw we stopped at the Natural Bridge over the Emerald River and then continued on to Emerald Lake. I’ve seen glacial lakes before, but Emerald Lake was something very special. The opaque turquoise water glowed in the sunshine, but unfortunately for you blog readers, dark clouds rolled in fairly quickly after our arrival, followed by thunderstorms, which darkened many of the photos. Really none of my photos capture the true beauty and color of this lake anyway though. We walked the 5.2km trail around the shore for a couple hours, savoring the beauty until the thunderstorms and rain arrived overhead: then we hot-footed it back to the trailhead.