Emerald Lake is exactly what it sounds like: A beautiful body of water sparkling bluish green.
While the (oh so many) photos manage to capture the mountainous backdrop, the stunning colour of the lake, and the depths of the surrounding forests – there’s nothing quite like actually sitting in the middle of it all.
The waters are a great place to canoe and even to swim – if you’re willing to brave the glacial temperatures of this Rocky Mountain lake.
Emerald Lake sits in the Yoho National Park, just west of the Alberta – British Columbia border on the Trans-Canada Highway. Nestled into the Rocky Mountains, the lake is flanked on all side by gorgeous peaks and snowy summits.
A nine hour drive from Vancouver, Yoho National Park lies at the end of what would be a cross province road trip for us here on the West Coast. Once into the Rocky Mountains, turn off the Trans-Canada Highway onto Emerald Lake Road, and follow that until you reach Emerald Lake.
Apart from the beautiful green waters, visitors can take a 5 km long hike around the lake (or discover longer trails throughout the area), enjoy dinner and accommodations at the Emerald Lake Lodge, or simply sit shoreside and gaze off into the picturesque landscape.
For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from North Shore Rescue and AdventureSmart.