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.
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 dirt road on foot. Due to the extreme popularity of the Lake O'Hara region, bus reservations often sell out 3 months in advance although a small number of seats are held until the previous day.
There are many hiking opportunities near the town including:
There are several points of interests nearby including: