Golden, British Columbia lies in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, and could likely be the best location to explore five national parks; Yoho, Glacier, Banff (with Lake Louise), Kootenay and Mount Revelstoke. The combination of Golden and Yoho National Park is a favourite for its diversity of hiking trails that can be matched to any level of fitness. This area is known for its impressive waterfalls, for iconic glacier-fed rivers and lakes (notably, Emerald Lake!), heritage sites from First Nations landmarks, feats of human engineering and spirit, fossil beds, and abundant wildlife.
Why book with Tours of Exploration?
- We specialize in customized, personalized tours that can suit the needs of any type of traveller. Whether you are an experienced backcountry hiker, or used to light strolls in the park: we will curate your trip to ensure you have the adventure you've been dreaming of.
- We work with local partners operating in Yoho and Golden, to not only to guarantee an immersive, authentic experience; but also to economically support the area.
- We ensure that deposits are refundable should your travel plans be disrupted.
2022 Departure Dates and Costs
We offer two options: a self-driven daily departure available once non-essential travel restrictions lift.
Or, departures from Vancouver (Thursdays and Sundays) by coach, available once non-essential travel restrictions lift.
Prices will vary with your selected package.
Travel planning with Tours of Exploration
Our experience and expertise removes the stress of planning so you can maximize your time in Golden and Yoho National Park. We can connect you to the ideal trails that suit your hiking level and interest. We can provide consulting services that allow the flexibility and freedom to make accommodation and hiking choices with confidence based on our comprehensive planning tools. We can match your accommodation and travel needs to your budget and style.
Best time to visit: Each season offers the visitor unique vistas and experiences:
Spring & Summer – camping, and hiking. Peak summer season bookings should be made well in advance of travel.
Fall – spectacular colours and wildlife.
Winter – skiing, snowboarding. Winter hiking is not recommended without previous backcountry experience.
Recommended length of stay: 4-5 days.
Stay longer: Use our itinerary as your base to do day trips to nearby Lake Louise (1 hour), Banff (1 ½ hours) or Mount Revelstoke National Park (2 hours).
Golden & Yoho National Park - Canadian Rockies Travel
Day 1: Arrive Golden/Yoho National Park (Emerald Lake)
Arrive in Golden, BC in time for a visit to Emerald Lake, the largest of Yoho’s 61 lakes and ponds as well as one of the park’s biggest draws. Time-permitting (2 hours) walk the easy 5.2 km loop around the lake. This is a well-trodden path. Overnight in Golden, Yoho campground or Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
Day 2: Yoho National Park (Paget Lookout hike)
Hikers can enjoy a magnificent 10 km (return trip) trail in Yoho National Park towards the Paget Fire Lookout. This hike is considered moderate-to-challenging, and involves a substantial elevation gain of 520 meters. The hike begins in a dense sub-alpine forest, and offers the option of a side trip to see the turquoise waters of Sherbrooke Lake. The hike ends with sweeping views of the Continental Divide and the Kicking Horse valleys. Warm layers and a hearty lunch and snacks are recommended to bring along to the hike.
Day 3: Yoho National Park (Lake O'hara hike)
Hike a beautiful route around Lake O'Hara, which offers amazing views and classic Canadian hiking experiences. This will be a self-guided hike with access support to the trail head which is reached by a Parks Canada shuttle service along an 11 km service road that is not available to non-service vehicles. You can choose your hike from a 3 km easy shoreline walk, to 8 or 13 km challenging alpine circuits.
Day 4: Yoho National Park (Takakkaw Falls)
Visit Takakkaw Falls before heading to your next Rocky Mountain Park of choice!
Detailed information, and gear list is provided with bookings.
For travel options and add ons consider our Rocky Mountain Magic
or 6 National Parks near Golden from Destination BC