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Lake O'Hara Shoreline Loop

Yoho National Park

Simple loop around the lake, but with extraordinary views.

Hiking Easy

2.7 km
53 m
53 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2 km
High Point
2 km
Lake O'Hara Shoreline Loop Map

If you’re looking for a short and sweet hike at Lake O’Hara, look no further than the shore of the lake itself. The Lakeshore Trail makes a circuit all the way around, finding every possible angle on the reflective water and mountains overhead. You’ll find endless photo opportunities as well as side trails to quiet spots at the lakeside. Before or after your hike, you might enjoy a fresh-made lunch at the Lake O’Hara lodge, or coffee and cake at Le Relais Day Shelter.


If you want to visit Lake O’Hara you must plan ahead. Private cars are not allowed to drive there, so you must reserve a bus ride or walk the 11-km dirt road. Find more information on the Parks Canada website.



Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between June and September


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly

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