Field, British Columbia

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Location of Field, British Columbia
Front entrance to the townsite
Field viewed from Mount Burgess
The train station in 1935

Field is an unincorporated community of approximately 169 people located in the Kicking Horse River valley of southeastern British Columbia, Canada, within the confines of Yoho National Park.


Field was established during the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) as a locomotive depot for pusher engines required to help trains over the nearby Field Hill and Big Hill. The town was given its name by the CPR in December 1884 to honour American businessman Cyrus West Field, who was instrumental in establishing trans-atlantic telegraph service. An Internment camp was set up at Bunk Houses in Field from September 1915 to October 1916.[1]


Field is 27 km (17 mi) west of Lake Louise along the Trans-Canada Highway which provides the only road access to the town.

Field hosts the Yoho National Park visitor centre; those wishing to visit the nearby area surrounding Lake O'Hara must either obtain tickets for a bus service managed by Yoho National Park or hike the 11-kilometre (6.8 mi) dirt road on foot. Due to the extreme popularity of the Lake O'Hara region, bus reservations often sell out 3 months in advance.

There are many hiking opportunities near the town including:

  • Burgess Pass - 6.6 km (4.1 mi) one way, provides views of Emerald Lake and the Wapta Icefields.
  • Emerald Lake - 11 km (7 mi) from Field on a paved road. A 5 km (3 mi) lakeshore trail circles the entire lake.
  • Sherbrooke Lake - 3.1 km (1.9 mi) one way
  • Twin Falls - 9th highest waterfall in Canada
  • Wapta Falls - a short 2.4 km (1.5 mi) round trip trail to the waterfall that produces the largest volume of water in Yoho NP.

Scrambling options include: Mount Burgess (2,599 m or 8,527 ft), Mount Field (2,635 m or 8,645 ft), Mount Stephen (3,199 m or 10,495 ft) and Paget Peak (2,560 m or 8,400 ft).

There are several points of interests nearby including:


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Coordinates: 51°23′48″N 116°29′9″W / 51.39667°N 116.48583°W / 51.39667; -116.48583