Tuesday morning, we got up early and made the 45 minute drive into Yoho National Park, which is located in Field, British Columbia. We pulled off to take some shots on this bridge (pictured above), but our first official stop of the day was at Takakkaw Falls. It was absolutely incredible! The force from the falls is so powerful that you can feel the mist from pretty far away. I actually had to wear my rain jacket once we got closer! This tends to be a very crowded tourist spot, so I would recommend doing this early in morning.
Natural Bridge over Kicking Horse River
tiny restaurant we ate at in Field, British Columbia
I swear to you, the BEST chicken sandwich I’ve ever eaten
this town had some of the most gorgeous landscaping – I was partial to the peonies!
if you happened to see my Instastory while we were here, this man was paddling on this giant log while the people in the kayak played bongos LOL
Our next stop in Yoho National Park was the Natural Bridge. This is a giant rock formation that, over time, has been formed into a “natural bridge” due to the forces of rushing water. This was a quick stop, so I definitely think it’s worth taking the time to see.
Next on the agenda was Emerald Lake, which was my favorite stop in Yoho. It is absolutely stunning! If you’ve heard anything about Banff before, then you’ve probably heard about Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. They are some of the biggest tourist attractions; however, I hadn’t heard of Emerald Lake before our trip. The best way I can describe it is like a hidden gem (no pun intended). While it was still crowded, it was nothing like Louise or Moraine. You could still enjoy the scenery without feeling claustrophobic lol.
We spent quite a bit of time at Emerald lake before making our way to Wapta Falls. We had to hike a pretty good ways to see this (a couple hours). If you hike a little further, you get an even better view! However, the view is not as impressive if you google images of the falls lol I didn’t realize how much you can’t see!
After all the hiking we did, we were starving! We made our way into the actual town of Field, which has less than 200 people living in it! We settled on one of the few restaurants in town, called the Siding. It also doubled as a liquor store lol and was full of several locals. I was a little worried when we ordered our food, but I swear to you my entire family said this is one of the best chicken sandwiches we have ever eaten! We still talk about it lol
The town was very interesting, so we spent quite a bit of time checking things out. I was especially impressed with the landscaping here. Nearly every yard was extremely elaborate. They had some of the biggest and most gorgeous peonies I had ever seen! I was taking so many pictures, the locals probably thought I was crazy!
Since we had eaten so early and had finished everything scheduled for the day, we decided to visit Moraine Lake for the first time. It was around 7pm or so once we arrived and it was pretty chilly and cloudy. This definitely didn’t do the lake justice. I will say the highlight of our time here was witnessing a man paddling on a giant log while some kayakers paddled around him and played the bongos. A short time later, the man on the log started sobbing and yelling. It was interesting to say the least lol.
We ended the day by going into downtown Banff to shop and get dessert before heading back to our cabin to relax.