Yoho Valley Road is a 13.7-kilometre road. It’s located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains along the western slope of the Continental Divide in southeastern British Columbia. The road is closed from October to June.
This narrow, steep and winding road runs up the Yoho Valley passing through a deeply carved valley with impressive peaks, plunging waterfalls, roaring rivers and hanging glaciers. The scenic drive into Yoho Valley should not be missed by anyone visiting Yoho National Park. The road still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs, especially if you have a RV or motorhome (where the famous switchbacks cause drivers of larger vehicles consternation -- more on that later).
A quick glance at the map, at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. From kilometre 6.1 to 6.5 is a series of switchbacks in the road that are one of the highlights of driving up the Yoho Valley. The three-tiered S-curve in the road is comprised of two very tight switchbacks that cause much stress and panic among drivers. Regular-sized vehicles don’t have much problem negotiating the two 180-degree hairpin turns. But if you drive a motor home, you’ll need to be skilled at driving in reverse to negotiate through the switchbacks.
This road, with many beautiful views along the way, is open seasonally from late June until mid-October. The drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera! The views are good anytime of the day but is especially wonderful from sunrise to mid-morning and then again in the evening to sunset. At the end of Yoho Valley Road you find the Whiskey Jack Hostel, parking for Takakkaw Falls and the Takakkaw Falls Campground. It’s also the start of the hike to Takakkaw Falls, at 384 m (1260 ft), the second highest known waterfall in Canada.