365 Canadian Sights | Day 351: Kicking Horse Natural Bridge

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I just, I have to get this out of the way.

I don’t think this is a bridge.

A neat geological feature, a spectacular location, an oddity that turned into a landmark that turned into a popular tourist attraction? Yes, to all those things.

It’s not a bridge, though, since there’s a gap. It’s not one continuous piece of stone, there’s a split in it. It’s easy to leap across (more of a hop, really), sure, but that doesn’t make it a true bridge.

Quibbling about semantics aside, this is still a really nice area. While it can get a bit flooded with tourists the wilderness in the area provides plenty of backdrops, so whatever angle you can get works well. The rapids and waterfall rise and fall depending on the season, and winter creates a whole new look, so stopping by whenever means you might get a whole new perspective.

One thing to note, its name seems to just be Natural Bridge, but I’m calling it the Kicking Horse Natural Bridge because the river is the Kicking Horse River and just calling it Natural Bridge might make it hard to identify.

Just outside of Field on the way to Emerald Lake, this is a little turn-off. That’s always seemed a little odd to me, since it’s such a cool sight, but yeah, it’s just a parking lot on the side of the road.

You will need a car though. Tour buses make the trip, but they’re part of big tours, not for independent travels.

TripAdvisor ranks it number 8 on things to do in Yoho National Park. Since Yoho is full of amazing natural sights, Parks Canada lists the Natural Bridge as just one of the points of interest. Also, since Yoho is part of the broader UNESCO heritage site over the Canadian Rocky Mountains, it’s part of that. Because a waterfall runs through it, it’s also got a profile on World of Waterfalls.

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