Hostel in Yoho National Park, Canada

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Get to know Yoho National Park (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Yoho National Park. To help you make friends with Yoho National Park before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Yoho National Park, Alberta, Canada, is part of Parcs Canada’s western park area located in Alberta, Canada. It is connected to the better-known Banff and Jasper national parks as well as the lesser-known Kootenay and Glacier National Parks. Yoho's most well-known attractions include Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls -- both of which shouldn’t be missed and are easy hikes for hikers of all skill levels and physical abilities. There are only a few hostels in or around Yoho, so be sure to book in advance, particularly during the high season (which occurs June through September).

Yoho National Park is nestled in the Canadian Rockies with a landscape that is diverse and picturesque, with a variety of sights to see. Activities such as canoeing Emerald Lake or the various other lakes in Yoho are available when the lake isn’t frozen; other activities, such as hiking, are available year-round. In the park, hiking ranges from easy to advanced; some of the most popular hikes, including a loop track around Emerald Lake and the hike to Takakkaw Falls, are rated as easy (flat tracks) and require no permits or reservations beyond the park pass. Some tracks in Yoho National Park, including to Lake O'Hara, require reservations and/or permits (which generally need to be made a couple of months or more in advance). Tracks that require permits and/or reservations can be identified by visiting the Parcs Canada website.

If you're interested in wildlife, there are plenty of animals to be spotted in and around Yoho National Park -- you might see a variety of birds, deer, coyotes, and more. Some of the wildlife present include animals that require a greater distance from to ensure safety, such as bears; Parcs Canada puts up notices in areas with higher levels of bear activity and encounters are easily avoided by attaching bells to your bag or clothing or making noise (such as singing or talking) to alert the bears of your presence, as the bears tend to avoid contact with humans.

The closest town to Yoho National Park is Field, which contains the information center for Yoho National Park as well as some restaurants, a gas station, and accommodation. Many businesses in Field close early (before 9 p.m., including the gas station). There are also trains that go through Field at various hours throughout the day and night, cutting off traffic from the highway for up to twenty minutes; so if you’re on a tight schedule, you may want to avoid the town. Additionally, the trains are noisier at night, so if you are a light sleeper, you may want to bring earplugs.

The easiest and most efficient way to get to and around Yoho (as well as the other parks in Canada) is by private motorized vehicle. As of this writing, public transportation to and around the parks in Canada is scarce and time consuming to nonexistent. As of this writing, options to reach the parks other than by private motorized vehicle include riding a Greyhound bus or train, walking, or biking.

When booked in advance, you should be able to find a bed in a Yoho National Park, Alberta, Canada hostel or nearby; the busiest times of year -- June through September -- experience the highest demand. If the Yoho National Park, Alberta, Canada hostels, hotels, and Airbnbs around Yoho are booked up, the best bet is to try to get to one of the campgrounds within the park as soon as possible, as they are first come, first serve (after reserving a site, you can leave to explore the park). Campgrounds in Yoho range from primitive (with only drop toilets at the trail head) to fully equipped (running water, showers, flush toilets, and cooking shelters) where campers can set up tents or park RVs.

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FAQ about Yoho National Park Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Yoho National Park. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Yoho National Park. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

There is exactly 1 Hostel in Yoho National Park, Canada. Hostelz.com compares the prices for this hostel so you can get the best price on any major booking site.
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Your Packing List for Yoho National Park

Your Packing List for Yoho National Park

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Yoho National Park Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Yoho National Park, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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8.4 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Yoho National Park - from the Community

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