Yoho National Park is located in the Canadian Rockies, in southeast British Columbia. Yoho is one of four parks in the system of protected areas in the "Canadian Rockies", recognized by UNESCO as monuments of World Heritage. On the south side Yoho National Park borders Kootenay National Park, to the East - with Banff National Park .
As part of the system of the Rocky Mountains in Canada, Yoho National Park is a natural area with great variety and beautiful scenery. The whole park is an amazing and inspiring mix of mountain snow peaks and glacial Lakes, extensive waterfalls and dense forests, which are excellent conditions for flora and fauna life. Founded in 1985, the Yoho National Park protected area is No. 2 in Canada.
Among the most beautiful sights of Yoho are the Emerald Lake, Lake O'Hara, Takakkaw Falls, the Natural Bridge, and Yoho Valley. There is room for camping and recreational activities in the beautiful scenery.
During the winter, the covered with glaciers and ice caps tops create the impression of an endless white desert, but with the coming of the warmer months, the h plant world ere wakes to life. Everywhere is full of different types of mushrooms, in the middle of summer, the mountain slopes are covered with wild flowers.
Millions of years ago, the area of Yoho National Park was the bottom of a shallow sea. Later, the land was elevated and today's mountain ranges appeared. In 1909, Charles Walcott of the Smithsonian Institute found unique fossils here dating back to the Cambrian. Sheila Burgess found lower life forms that have weird shapes and their fossils gave scientists information about the evolutionary process itself.
Water erosion caused by rivers has created this unique world, called hudu - large boulders, leaning against a column of glaciers. Melting of glaciers is a cause for the emerald lakes.
Emerald Lake, in Yoho National Park is the largest of 61 lakes in the park. The first European to have discovered the lake is Tom Wilson. He fell in the water pool in 1882, seeking an escaped horse. Wilson named Emerald Lake because of the amazing color of the water that comes from the fine particles of crystalline ice cliff.
The extremely beautiful lake is ideal to see in spring time, when everything around turns the color of yellow lilies and pink orchids. Tourists have the opportunity to sail on the lake by canoe, ride horses or stay in the hut, which is located on the lake, and examine the fossils of some of the earliest animals on Earth.
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