Come and experience Nature as it was intended!
One of the things that our visitors love to do – and rave about the most! – is ALL the hiking possibilities that are close by Chancellor Peak Chalets. You literally could spend your entire visit just hiking to different destinations and getting back to nature.
Below are some hiking ideas for you to plan for your visit. If you have any questions about any of these destinations, or would like other suggestions, our friendly staff will gladly help you find alternatives.
This website contains an exhaustive list of ALL the hikes around Golden and Chancellor Peak. They are well worth a visit, if you are serious hiker!
This is the jewel of Yoho National Park, but because of it’s sensitive nature, access is limited by Parks Canada. Normally, you would require a 90-day notice in order to get on the two buses that go daily to the lake. But if you are willing to take a chance and show up early, you may be able to buy a pass. We recommend that you check out the website and give them a call prior to choosing to visit Lake O’Hara.
Featuring a crystal clear blue-green lake, Moraine Lake is in a valley hemmed in by ten lofty mountain peaks. It is little wonder that Moraine Lake rivals Lake Louise in scenic grandeur and fame. One look from the Rockpile at the lake’s edge and you will be hooked.
Nothing captures the awe and wonder of Yoho National Park like the tremendous thunder of Takakkaw Falls. Plunging from a height of 380 m (1246 ft), with a 254,m (833,ft) free fall, Takakkaw Falls is Canada’s second highest waterfall (besides the Niagra Falls) ….. and will leave the visitor feeling humbled. Fed by the Daly Glacier above, the fall’s flow is at it’s peak each year in July when the glacial melt water is running freely. The Yoho Valley access road, located just east of the Field, is closed during the winter season to due to the high-frequency of avalanches. The Falls are open annually from June through October for the summer season.
Wapta Falls can be found near the west gate of Yoho National Park on the Kicking Horse River. Literally just 5 minutes up the road west from Chancellor Peak Chalets, this is a comfortable and easy 30-minute hike from the stop on the Trans-Canada Highway. Well worth the effort, this hike is suitable for the whole family, with the ultimate reward of seeing Yoho’s largest waterfall, back dropped by the jagged peaks of the Ottertail Range.
Takakkaw Falls is not alone in the Yoho Valley. Nearby, the chutes of Laughing Falls tumble 30 meters from the Little Yoho Valley above. The Laughing Falls back country campground provides the opportunity for hikers to fall asleep to the steady sound of the waterfall and the churning river.
Set in the awe-inspiring Little Yoho Valley of Yoho National Park, Twin Falls is a breathtaking double waterfall, which can be reached only by hiking in 8.5 km (one-way). The contemporary source of Twin Falls is the Glacier des Pollus, which breaks into two streams above the cliff, creating the unusual spectacle of two glorious waterfalls side by side.
A self-guided nature trail, this scenic hike is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers from the parking area to the bridge at the back of the lake (4.6 km return).