Photos from the Lake O'Hara region of Yoho National Park, arguably the single most beautiful spot in the Canadian Rockies.
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Lake O'Hara alpine circuit trail
Hiking the Alpine Circuit route
above Lake O'Hara
Lake O'Hara
Forested shores of Lake O'Hara,
Yoho National Park
Lake Oesa
Glacier Peak from Lake
Oesa, Yoho
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Approaching storm above
Lake Oesa
rainbow over Lake O'Hara
Rainbow over Lake O'Hara,
Yoho National Park
Lake O'Hara, Yoho National Park
Morning reflection of peaks
surrounding Lake O'Hara
waterfall, Lake O'Hara
Trailside waterfall along hike
to Lake Oesa
panorama from All Souls Prospect, Lake O'Hara
Panorama from All
Souls Prospect
Lake O'Hara valley
Lake O'Hara valley from the
Yukness ledges trail
Lake O'Hara, and the extraordinarily beautiful alpine landscape of peaks and lakes surrounding it in Yoho National Park, is one of the most dramatic sights of the Canadian Rockies. From the shore an extensive network of trails - the most interesting of which for the keen hiker is undoubtably the Alpine Circuit route - provides numerous options for day hikes to other nearby lakes and cirques. Easy access by bus - along a closed 11km dirt road - is restricted by a quota system. Reservations are taken by telephone only (at least in 2009), and to stand a chance of success you'll want to start bombarding the reservation line (250.343.6433) when it opens at 8AM mountain time exactly 3 months in advance. Good luck! If you fail to nab a seat on the shuttle you can show up on the day and hope for a no-show, or you can hike (but not bike) in and take the bus back (in which case payment but not reservation is required). Finally there's what must be one if the most scenically situated lodges you'll find anywhere... but booking a room there (even if you can afford it) makes reserving the bus look easy! The parking lot for Lake O'Hara lies just off the trans-Canada highway about 45 miles (70 km) west of Banff. The nearest major airport is in Calgary, about 130 miles (210 km) away.