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Lake O' Hara

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Address: Access from 11-km (7-mi) Lake O'Hara Fire Rd. off Lake Louis-Great Divide Dr., Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
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+1 250-343-6433

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The hike around Lake O'Hara is a revelation. The track we did hugs the beautiful lake before climbing steeply up the mountainside to Lake Oesa. It's then a reasonably easy... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

The hike around Lake O'Hara is a revelation. The track we did hugs the beautiful lake before climbing steeply up the mountainside to Lake Oesa. It's then a reasonably easy traverse (with a bit of exposure, if you're scared of heights) around the massif, with views over the lake in its cradle of mountains, to the Obapin plateau. Then down... More 

1 Thank davidfleminger
Ottawa, Canada
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297 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

We were one of the fortunate ones who managed to snagged 2 bus tickets when they have there system opened for bus ticket sales once a year. OMG it was a very stressful experience but well it! Don't forget to bring your copy of the ticket as there is no internet access. The bus stop is located on the right... More 

1 Thank 5000traveller
Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

So, we are pretty careful planners but somehow missed the fact that you have to book a reservation on the bus up the 11km (6.8 mile) road to Lake O'Hara. Subsequently, we spent two of our vacation days debating whether to walk up the road or just skip the whole thing altogether (eg, "will it be worth it?") given we... More 

18 Thank CuriousTraveler251
San Jose, California
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145 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

IT is well preserved lake. We could not get the bus tickets into the lake. So we had to walk 11 KM to the lake, it took me about 2 hours. But it was worthy the walk. The scene is spectacular! The whole lake is very quiet because not many tourists. Everything is well preserved! This is most beautiful lake... More 

4 Thank J G
Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

I felt compelled to write this review as my own experience as a last-minute visitor was far better than having made plans in advance. Picture this scenario: You reserved a seat on the shuttle and campsite months in advance. You show up. The weather is terrible. You cannot rebook. You drive back to Calgary and watch a movie at Chinook... More 

12 Thank jjd_rem
Livingston, New Jersey
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33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely lake. We got there by 10:30am bus and returned by 2:30pm bus. You do need reservation to get there. We only walked around lake Ohara and loved it. We had enough time to do the walk leisurely. There is a small shop at the top near the bus stop where you can buy coffee, etc. there... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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476 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 644 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

As I was only there as a day hiker, I only had time to do two trails. I chose the hike to Lake Oesa and finished with the Lake O'Hara shoreline. Along the way to Lake Oesa you pass three small lakes and a waterfall and you will have some beautiful views of Lake O'Hara. Lake Oesa is a small... More 

1 Thank driftdiver1
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Being the family name we were desperate to visit Lake O' Hara but it was difficult getting consistent information about visiting. With only 30 bus places a day it's nearly impossible to get there by bus. We eventually found out you could do the 11km uphill walk but there was no guarantee of getting a place on the bus back... More 

2 Thank Scarlett3440
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

This is a wonderful place you shouldn't miss......We were so excited wherever we went whether it was hiking trails, rocky mountains, colorful lakes, nature bridges, beautiful flowers, lovely animals and blue sky !!! We would like to come back again next year.

1 Thank QChen2005
Vancouver, Canada
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62 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

The trails are lovely. They do have hikers during the summer season, but nothing like what is happening next door in Banff. Be aware that some of the alpine hikes require decent hiking shoes and poles. The campground is billed as "backcountry". It is not - there's 2 kitchen buildings, and all the campsites are closely located together surrounding a... More 

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