Lake O' Hara, Yoho National Park

#5 of 9 in Nature in Yoho National Park
Explore the vistas and deep azure waters of Lake O' Hara amidst an untouched alpine landscape. You'll find a number of well-marked trails around the lake. Situated on an elevation of 2,020 m (6,627 ft), the lake can be a challenge to get to--the best way is via bus. A trek up an 11 km (6.8 mi) trail is a more adventurous option, and be aware that you’re not guaranteed a bus ride down unless you made the reservation for the journey uphill. Book tours early to avoid disappointment. For Lake O' Hara and beyond, use our Yoho National Park tour planner to get the most from your Yoho National Park vacation.
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  • Lake O'hara area in Yoho National Park must be the place most desired by visitors. The day use bus tickets (it is a secret of park service but maybe about 30 per day?) into Lake O'hara are always sold...  more »
  • I was lucky enough to secure 1 bus ticket the day they went on sale, within 8 minutes they were sold out. Last week I was able to find a cancellation for another ticket, the same day, so 2 of us were ...  more »
  • This place is insanely beautiful. It's obvious why they limit the number of people into the area. If you're lucky enough to get in, get out and enjoy the hiking.
  • Stunning lake with cabins along its edges and lots of nearby hiking trails. Trails go all around the lake and into the surrounding ridges and valleys. The bus to get to the lake is often booked months in advance and there is a limit to how many people are allowed to ride in each day. However, there is no limit to walking in on the gravel road (11km one way) and that's how I've visited each time. Worth the effort.
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