Yoho National Park is home to some of Canada's most beautiful campgrounds. RV and car camping can be found just a short distance from the town of Field, and by hiking further you can reach spectacular backcountry campgrounds. When camping in the Canadian Rockies you can wake up beside an alpine lake, fall asleep to the sound of a distant waterfall, or sit around the campfire watching the sun fade behind a mountain.
These frontcountry campgrounds are easy to access and do not require backpacking to visit. Parks Canada now offers online reservations for frontcountry campsites during the busy summer season. Outside of the summer season campsites are offered on a first-come first-serve basis. You can reserve frontcountry sites by visiting the Parks Canada Reservation System
Parks passes and fire permits can be purchased when you get to the park. The campground checkout time is 11:00 am.
Monarch and Kicking Horse Campgrounds
These two campgrounds are located in roughly the same spot at the foot of Mount Stephen, about 4km from the town of Field.
|Monarch (May 2 - Sept 14*)||Info|
|Number of Sites||44|
|Fire Pits & Wood|
* reservable from June 20 to Sept 2
|Kicking Horse (May 23 - Oct 14 *)||Info|
|Number of Sites||88|
|Fire Pits & Wood||✓|
* reservable from June 20 to Oct 14
Hoodoo Creek Campground
|Hoodoo Creek (June 17 - Sept 2)||Info|
|Number of Sites||30|
|Fire Pits & Wood||Some Sites|
Takakkaw Falls Campground (walk-in)
This campground is located near Takakkaw Falls at the end of Yoho Valley Road. The actual campground is a short walk from the parking lot and provides tent camping only. A cart is available for moving gear to your campsite. This is an excellent place to use as a base for backcountry hiking and camping.
|Takakkaw Falls (June 20 - Oct 14)||Info|
|Number of Sites||35|
|Fire Pits & Wood||✓|
There are 6 designated backcountry campgrounds in Yoho National Park:
- Yoho Lake (Yoho Valley)
- Laughing Falls (Yoho Valley)
- Twin Falls (Yoho Valley)
- Little Yoho (Yoho Valley)
- McArthur Creek (Ottertail River)
- Lake O'Hara
Reservations for these backcountry campsites should be made well in advance. It is also necessary to purchase a wilderness pass in order to camp in Yoho's backcountry. Visit the Parks Canada reservation system to purchase a wilderness pass and make a reservation online, or in the summer you can call/visit the information center located in Field. Online reservations open January 24 (excluding Lake O'Hara which has a special reservation policy.)
You can stay at a backcountry campground for a maximum of 3 nights in a row. Each site has a maximum capacity of 4 people with 1 tent per site.
Dogs are permitted in the backcountry, however they could increase your chances of having a dangerous encounter with grizzly bears, elk or moose. For this reason we do not recommend that you bring your dog. If you do, they must be on a leash at all times and you will need clean up and carry home their waste. At this time Parks Canada does not have a official backcountry policy for cats, hamsters or gold fish.
Random camping/bivouacing is also permitted in some areas of the park. For this type of camping you will need to contact the Parks Canada Visitor Center to make a reservation.
When camping in the backcountry, it is necessary to practice safe food handling measures to avoid attracting wildlife such as bears. Be sure to prepare and eat food away from your campsite. Never store food in your tent; use designated food storage hangs/boxes for food and cooking utensils. Food must be prepared on portable stoves, as campfires are not permitted in Yoho's backcountry.
Lake O'Hara Campground
Incredible backcountry hiking, fishing, and skiing can be found while camping at Lake O'Hara. Reservations for the Lake O'Hara campground start in April and can only be made over the phone. There are special dates and rules for visiting Lake O'Hara, so we recommend that you carefully review the reservation policies on the Parks Canada Lake O'Hara information page.
A list of fees for camping and parks services can be found on the Yoho National Park Entry and Service Fees page.
*The information on this page has been updated for the 2019 season. Pricing and dates are not guaranteed.