Curiosity takes me to Yoho National Park
I can now check backcountry hiking off my bucket list and look forward to doing more of this. Camping has been a staple summer activity for years, but it has always been done from a car or a canoe. Carrying everything required on my back for more than three kilometres between lakes in Killarney Provincial Park was the extent of my backcountry experience until I had the pleasure of going to Yoho with my partner and a family visiting from the Czech Republic. Yoho is a Cree expression of amazement or awe; very aptly named as we spent most of our time at a loss for words to describe how beautiful it was.
Before putting on our packs, we walked up to Takkakaw Falls which is Cree for “magnificent”. It certainly was. The power of the water was amazing.
Along the way to our campsite, we stopped at Laughing Falls and cooled off in the spray. Nature has always relaxed and revitialized me and this trip was no exception.
Our final destination was the campsite below Twin Falls. We were there in time for dinner and to watch the sunset. Two of the younger Czechs were brave enough for a quick dip in the river – not me as it comes straight from the Yoho glacier!
After a great breakfast of eggs and bacon, we packed up and headed for the top of Twin Falls. I was a little intimidated as this family was in pretty good shape and I didn’t want to slow them down. They patiently waited for me and took the opportunity for pictures. There is one benefit to looking down at the trail as I noticed a bear footprint with long claw marks; we stayed closer together after that.
There is a nice backcountry lodge on the way to the base of the falls and they are open between noon and 3 pm for light lunches and tea.
Continuing up through switchbacks, we made it to the lookout on the Whaleback trail. What an incredible view!
We headed down some fairly steep switchbacks and the rest of the group split off to climb to the Iceline Trail which is the top of the treeline in the picture above. I didn’t want to push my luck, so continued down and waited at the car. There were lots of people on the trails by this point so I wasn’t worried about wildlife. They got back a few hours later, tired but full of tales of marmots eating mushrooms, chipmunks, dipping in glacial lakes and thoroughly happy, as was I. Can’t wait for the next hiking adventure!