Natural Bridge

Yoho National Park / Columbia-Shuswap Regional District, British Columbia, Canada

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Natural Bridge on the Kicking Horse River
Natural Bridge was an attraction that I'm deeming to be a waterfall attraction because the Kicking Horse River actually disappeared before re-emerging through the natural span. However, the span kind of seemsed more like rocks being wedged together depending on the viewing angle. We were able to hear the roar of the disappearing water churning and ejecting beneath the bridge to further reinforce my move in making this a legitimate waterfall.

From the car park, there was a real short walk going on a bridge over the Kicking Horse River providing frontal views of the attraction backed by scenic mountains when the weather was fair (see photo above). Beyond the bridge, the short walking path curled left towards a viewing deck where we got more angled views of the natural span with different mountains serving as the backdrop.

We were very lucky that we happened to show up just when the bad weather finally cleared up to the point that we could see the river's powdery blue color as well as the scenic snowy mountains backing the whole scene. That color in the water, which seemed to be typical of the watercourses and lakes in this area, was a result of minerals and other deposits injected by glaciers prevalent in the area.

Directions: The car park is on the way to Emerald Lake and the Hamilton Falls. The well-signed car park for Natural Bridge is a little over 2km from the Emerald Lake turnoff deviating from Hwy 1. For details on getting to this turnoff from Lake Louise, see the Hamilton Falls page.

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Further along the road past Natural Bridge is the beautiful Emerald Lake
On the way to Natural Bridge is the beautiful and famous Lake Louise.  This photo was taken on a frigid morning (in September 2010) when clouds were still hanging around
On the same day we visited Natural Bridge, we drove back towards the Icefields Parkway and headed north a short distance towards the gorgeous Peyto Lake
The sign saying a few things about the formation of the Natural Bridge as well as the rest of Kicking Horse River ValleyThe sign saying a few things about the formation of the Natural Bridge as well as the rest of Kicking Horse River Valley

Looking at the Kicking Horse River disappear beneath the rock spanLooking at the Kicking Horse River disappear beneath the rock span

Looking downstream from the footbridgeLooking downstream from the footbridge

View from the very end of the short walkView from the very end of the short walk

The footbridge and colorful river beneathThe footbridge and colorful river beneath

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Bottom up sweep from the other side of the Kicking Horse River before ending at the scenic backdrop

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