Hikes for the Entire Family in Yoho NP

Moderate hikes to waterfalls and alpine lakes, perfect for the whole family.

Jesse Weber


Standing near Takakkaw Falls

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Sherbrooke Lake and Mount Ogden

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Yoho National Park is a superb family vacaiton destination, with an abundance of campgrounds, picnic areas, trails, and other attractions in a fairly compact area. Some sights you really don’t want to miss are the park’s famous waterfalls, like Wapta Falls and Takakkaw Falls (one of the tallest in Canada!). The region is also rich in fossils, as well as human history, which the whole family can explore in exhibits and on ranger-led hikes.

The following are some hikes that are suitable for the family without a guide. All are well-maintained and popular for their especially wonderful scenery. On these hikes you’ll find thundering waterfalls, placid alpine lakes, and of course, Rocky Mountain vistas.


Wapta Falls

Short hike to an impressive waterfall on the Kicking Horse River.

Takakkaw Falls

Short walk to a better view of Yoho's tallest waterfall.

Sherbrooke Lake

Forest hike to a lake in a valley surrounded by peaks and streaked by avalanche paths.