Lake O' Hara, Yoho National Park

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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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  • After 1 second the whole summer schedule is booked. It's clear that most places are reserved for the lodge and for private guides. In other words - money and connections determine access to natural be...  more »
  • You do not need a bus to enjoy nature, just hike! Yes, I know, it is 11 km one way but the lake is so much worth it. Over the course of the hike you slowly gain elevation and at times it feels like yo...  more »
  • For 4 months, I am preparing to make the reservation for 2 nights in camping at Lake O'hara. So I start to call at 8:00 on 3 may (3 months in advance compared to my arrival). After 200 where this busy and calls at 8:20, I see an update on the site that says that the date is complete. The next day, I decided to try again for at least one night: I call with a friend between 8 h and 9 h 20 (nearly 1,000 attempts to 2) and have nothing but a busy signal. At 9:20 the site updates and everything is complete.
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  • Nestled in a high bowl of lush alpine meadows, Lake O’Hara, 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) from the nearest public road, is surrounded by dozens of smaller alpine lakes and framed by spectacular peaks permanently mantled in snow. As if that weren’t enough, the entire area is webbed by a network of hiking trails established over the last 90 years by luminaries such as Lawrence Grassi. Trails radiate from the lake in all directions; the longest is just 7.5 kilometers (4.7 miles), making Lake O’Hara an especially fine hub for day hiking. What makes this destination all the more special is that a quota system limits the number of visitors.
  • After seeing 25 lakes, didn't expect yet another lake to take me by surprise anymore. Until I came to Lake O'Hara. Absolute WOAH moment. Pictures just don't do the place justice. Come see it for yourself! There's a bus that goes up every 2h, but it's still well worth the 11km hike up if you can't catch the bus!
  • Well worth the 11km (2-4hrs) hike upwards, this includes the sudden heavy snow experienced during mid hike mind you!
  • Best hiking trails in Western Canada.
  • Stunning view!
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