A grizzly bear relaxes in the sun
A grizzly bear relaxes in the sun. Photo: BJ Vicks

There is an abundance of wildlife in Yoho National Park which you may catch a glimpse of during your visit. Large mammals are often the most impressive animals to see, but those with a keen eye will be rewarded by the multitude of small mammals, birds, and insects that make Yoho National Park their home. The best times to see animals are early in the morning, or later in the evening.

Black Bears

A Black Bear cub climbs a tree
A Black Bear cub climbs a tree. Photo: Matt Tobey

Moose

At home in Yoho's marshlands, a Moose feeds on aquatic vegetation
At home in Yoho's marshlands, a Moose feeds on aquatic vegetation. Photo: Matt Tobey

Hoary Marmot

The Hoary Marmot, a member of the squirrel family
The Hoary Marmot, a member of the squirrel family, is easily spotted by hikers who visit the higher alpine regions of Yoho National Park. They often remain very calm in the presence of humans, giving plenty of time for fantastic photo opportunities. Photo: BJ Vicks

Rufous Hummingbird

The Rufous Hummingbird is often heard before being seen as it streaks past hikers with brightly coloured clothing
The Rufous Hummingbird is often heard before being seen as it streaks past hikers with brightly coloured clothing. Photo: BJ Vicks

Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel

The Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel is frequently found along Yoho's rocky trails
The Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel is frequently found along Yoho's rocky trails. Photo: Matt Tobey

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats thrive in Yoho's high alpine
Mountain Goats thrive in Yoho's high alpine. Photo: Matt Tobey

Elk

A male Elk is a common sight in Yoho National Park where the herds are protected from hunting
A male Elk is a common sight in Yoho National Park where the herds are protected from hunting. Photo: Matt Tobey
The Elk herd wanders into town looking to nibble on spring grass
The Elk herd wanders into town looking for a nibble of fresh spring grass. Photo: Matt Tobey

Boreal Toad

The Boreal Toad
The only amphibian found in the high mountains of Yoho. It is a rare treat to spot this beautifully-coloured toad. Photo: Matt Tobey

Pika

The adorable Pika
The adorable pika. Photo: BJ Vicks

The Pika builds its home in the many rock piles of Yoho National Park. This small adorable animal spends the summer foraging vegetation to form a 'hay pile' for the winter ahead. Their stash allows them to remain active underneath the snow during the winter months, as Pikas do not hibernate.