Posted by: cherylyoung | July 3, 2013

PART 3 OF OUR MINI SERIES ABOUT YOHO NATIONAL PARK.

 

Some sections of the Kicking Horse River are

 navigable by canoe and kayak.

 Stop at the Visitor Centre for assistance.

 Canoe and boat rentals are available at Emerald

 Lake.

 Power boats are not permitted on park waters.

Fishing is permitted in the Kicking Horse River

 year-round from the confluence of the Kicking

Horse and Yoho Rivers to the west park boundary

 below Wapta Falls.

 Check the current “Fishing Regulations Summary”.

 A National Park Fishing Permit is required.

 Mountain bikes are allowed only on designated trails

in Yoho.

 

Designated trails includes these fire roads: Kicking

 Horse, Amiskwi, Otterhead, Ottertail, Ice River.

Check the Backcountry Guide to Yoho National

Park, for specific details.

Off trail bicycling and cycling on the O’Hara fire

 road is prohibited.

Mountaineering and Climbing route descriptions

and photos are available at the Visitor Centre.

 Anyone wishing to climb Mt. Stephen or travel

 through Dennis or Duchesnay passes must first

obtain a permit allowing them to traverse a

restricted area.

 Park Wardens may also be contacted for assistance

 in trip planning.

 Cross-country skiing is a wonderful way to enjoy

Yoho National Park in winter.

Draped in snow and ice, the Rockies form a dramatic

 backdrop to the pleasures of travelling over crisp

snow  through Yoho’s valleys.

 Waterfall ice climbing in the national parks of Banff,

Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay and Waterton Lakes offers an

unparalleled  experience for the ice climber.

A combination of good access, reliable conditions,

 hundreds of options, and a long season have secured

the Canadian  Rockies reputation as one of the world’s

premier waterfall ice climbing destinations.

One of the most precious natural resources in Yoho

National Park is its deposits of fossils.

 The remains of more than 120 species of marine

animals from the Middle Cambrian epoch (about

515 million years ago) were unearthed in the early

decades of last century by Charles Walcott, Secretary

of the Smithsonian  Institution inWashington, D.C .

 

At the time of his discovery in Yoho National Park,

 Walcott was the world’s leading authority on

Cambrian rocks and fossils.

Returning from an outing one day in the Yoho Valley,

he split open a slab of shale that was blocking the

 Burgess Pass.

Inside were the fossilized remains of soft-bodied

organisms,  preserved in greater detail than had

ever been thought possible.

 Between 1909 and his death in 1927, Walcott

collected and shipped fossils back to the Smithsonian

 for classification.

Visitors to the Smithsonian can still see them on

display, and visitors to Yoho National Park can

view a sampling at the park’s Information Centre.

 Each year a select group of visitors to Yoho can

retrace Walcott’s footsteps.

 In order to protect the delicate landscape in Walcott’s

 Quarry and the Trilobite Beds, visitors are allowed

access only as part of a guided tour.

The hikes are led by licenced guides and limited to

groups of 15.

 Hikes to both locations are lengthy, strenuous all-day

 endeavours on the steep, scree-covered slopes of

Mount Field above Emerald Lake.

The tours begin in June and continue through

October, weather permitting.

 For fees, schedules, and reservations,

 contact the Yoho Burgess Shale Foundation,

(800) 343-3006.

A final note about national park permits: a park

 pass is required for all visitors to national parks.

 This pass is available at the park gates or, for the

credit-card endowed, by calling (800) 748-7275.

 You can choose between an annual permit to all 28

National Parks in Canada, a Discovery Package, which

 includes entry to 28 participating National Parks and

74 National Historic Site; or a daily-entry permit in any

 of the four contiguous mountain national parks (Banff,

Jasper, Yoho and/or Kootenay).

In addition, there is a daily camping fee in summer

 and  a weekly or annual charge for a fishing permit.

Children under 16 may fish without a permit when

accompanied by a licenced angler.

Highway 1 runs through Yoho National Park.

 The town of Field is located in the park and provides

 basic services.

There are voluntary ambulance and fire fighting

services, a post office, restaurants, a general/liquor

 store,  a pottery studio, a Greyhound bus flag stop,

a lodge and  guest houses.

Services are also available in Golden and in

Lake Louise.

To the east, Yoho borders Banff National Park and

 to the south it borders Kootenay National Park.

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CHERYL YOUNG, VICTORIA BC.

cbythesea@shaw.ca

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