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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
Phone Number:
+1 250-343-6433

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Reservation system is not the issue

I was surprised to read the previous three reviews that were very critical of the bus reservation system. The issue is not the reservation system, but rather that only about 15... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Walnut Creek, California
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Like many others I tried but failed to get bus tickets at 8 am mdt on April 20, 2017 but all tickets were booked within 2 seconds of opening. Very disappointed. I suspect all tickets went to people staying in lodge at lake O'Hara who have guaranteed seating with their reservation. Lake O'Hara lodge is also booked for the entire... More 

4 Thank vcdas
Saskatoon, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The high demand and low number of tickets available makes this hike basically impossible to get to.... unless you are willing to hike 11 km to it. I sat down at my computer with everything ready to go shortly before April 20, 8:00 MDT. As soon as the clock struck 8:00 I pressed the reserve button and all availabilities turned... More 

2 Thank JayBirds25
Walnut Creek, California
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120 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I was surprised to read the previous three reviews that were very critical of the bus reservation system. The issue is not the reservation system, but rather that only about 15 people are allowed to reserve spaces on each bus, and there are only two buses in to the lake each day. This is part of what makes Lake O'Hara... More 

7 Thank InsideScooper
Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

my review is about my experience for the booking experience for the bus tickets for Lake O Hara. the tickets were to be released for booking today April 20 at 8AM MDT I was signed in before 8 am ready with a refreshed page at 8am for the booking. the moment the site allowed all dates for the entire season... More 

4 Thank H20RAT
Trabuco Canyon, California
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I've been planning this trip specifically to see Lake O'Hara with my family for the past year. I knew we had to reserve bus shuttle 3 months in advance. The reservation system opened at 8am MDT April 20,2017. I was fully ready to make the reservation and the second it turned 8am I went to push the button to reserve... More 

8 Thank Scott B
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Lake O'Hara has been on my bucket list for years. But unfortunately I will never be able to see it. The reason is the ridiculous ticket reservation system which opens ONCE a year. This year there must be some cheating of the bus ticket system. This year (April 20, 2017) I was in front of my computer, logged in with... More 

6 Thank UTEL_78
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

So this review is more for the reservation process to get to Lake O'Hara. I haven't been yet. You have to purchase day tickets for the bus to get to Lake O'Hara and they went on sale at 9am this morning (April 20th). I put the date and time in my iCal so I wouldn't forget. I created my account... More 

5 Thank Alana S
Heidelberg, Germany
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Lake O'Hara is the most beautiful place to hike we've ever been to. Only a few people per day are allowed to visit the area. Not difficult to hike, but with spectacular views.

1 Thank Carsten R
Machida, Japan
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26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Wow.....um wow! Do you need more info than that? While the reservations are super tough to get it is still worth a try. Check out my previous review on booking for some tips. (Link is at the Bottom) So, about the actual place. We took at 8:30am Bus on Sept. 12, 2016. It was -8*C that morning but the skies... More 

3 Thank Martin B
Columbia, Maryland
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177 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

We were extremely fortunate to secure reservations for the 22 Sept. 2016 0830 shuttle bus to Lake O’Hara Limited Access Hiking Area. For us, reservations opened on 20 April 2016, however, be sure to check the Parks Canada website to find the exact date and time the 2017 reservations open. Prior to making reservations you must first open a Parks... More 

14 Thank JohnAnnColumbia_MD

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