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Lake O’Hara (Map 2, 16E) west of Lake Louise offers great hikes, but the 11 km (6.8 mi) access is closed to cars; a shuttle runs June 19-Oct 4 (call 250-343-6433 well in advance to reserve an 8:30 am or 10:30 am ride). Nearby Emerald Lake (Map 2, 14K) is circled by a 5 km (3 mi) walk; also access the .8 km (.5 mi) trail to Hamilton Falls. The Burgess Shale near Field contains 500-million year old invertebrate fossils; see a roadside exhibit and small display at the Field Visitor Centre. Yoho Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation (1-800-343-3006, burgess-shale.bc.ca) guides 8- and 10.5-hr hikes to the access-restricted fossil beds; reserve well ahead. Other short hikes: Wapta Falls (2.3 km/1.4 mi); Centennial Trail (2.5 km/1.6 mi circuit); Walk-in-the-Past (2 km/1.3 mi) to an old Spiral Tunnel locomotive; Point Lace Falls/Angel’s Staircase (2.2 km/1.4 mi). 250-343-6783.