Natural Bridge

Yoho National Park / Field, British Columbia, Canada

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Hiking Distance: almost roadside
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Date first visited: 2010-09-17
Date last visited: 2010-09-17

Waterfall Latitude: 51.38185
Waterfall Longitude: -116.53249

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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.

Natural_Bridge_001_09172010 - The sign saying a few things about the formation of the Natural Bridge as well as the rest of Kicking Horse River Valley
Natural_Bridge_005_09172010 - Looking at the Kicking Horse River disappear beneath the rock span
Natural_Bridge_009_09172010 - Looking downstream from the footbridge
Natural_Bridge_021_09172010 - View from the very end of the short walk
Natural_Bridge_022_09172010 - The footbridge and colorful river beneath


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.

For some geographical context, the nearby Lake Louise was about 28km (under 30 minutes drive) east of Field, 57km (45 minutes drive) north of Banff, 182km (2 hours drive) west of Calgary, 232km (3 hours drive) south of Jasper, and 469km (4.5 hours drive) southwest of Edmonton.

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

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