I park at a day-use area near the plunging ribbon of 833-foot-high Takakkaw Falls
, grab a rucksack weighed down with food and supplies, and set out for the 78-year-old Stanley Mitchell Hut.
Although Tom Wilson's name is virtually unknown today, even to Canadians, it is preserved in the name Mount Wilson, east of the Columbia Icefield, and in a bronze plaque, erected on a rock near the great Takakkaw Falls
in the Yoho Valley.
* For hiking The unsung Yoho National Park of Canada (pc.gc.ca), next door to Banff National Park, for 833-foot Takakkaw Falls
, uncrowded hiking trails, and the teeny "town" of Field, home to Truffle Pigs Bistro ($$$; closed Tue; 250/343-6303) and rustic-luxe Cathedral Mountain Lodge (May 21-Oct 1; from $186 U.S.; cathedralmountain.com).
Built with reclaimed wood from Saskatchewan grain elevators and refreshingly devoid of TVs or cell phone reception, the 29 rustic-luxe log cabins are set amid bushy spruce and granite peaks--minutes from thundering Takakkaw Falls
. Sink into an Adirondack chair and watch the sun light up Cathedral Mountain as the glacier-fed Kicking Horse River rushes by.