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Lake O’Hara, west of Lake Louise offers, great hikes, but the 11 km / 6.8 mi access is closed to cars; a shuttle runs throughout the summer. Call 250-343-6433 well in advance to reserve.
Nearby Emerald Lake is circled by a 5 km / 3 mi walk; also access the 0.8 km / 0.5 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 guides 8- and 10.5-hr hikes to the access-restricted fossil beds; reserve well ahead. 1-800-343-3006, burgess-shale.bc.ca
Other short hikes include 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. For more information, call 250-343-6783.