Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park

#1 of 139 in Parks in Kootenay Rockies
Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
Visit the picturesque Emerald Lake at Yoho National Park. The largest and best-known lake in the park is renowned for its postcard-like beauty and vibrant turquoise water. Hike on the 5.2 km (3.2 mile) trail, which takes you on a loop around the lake. Enjoy views of the lake and forest, with tall mountains standing out in the background. The lake’s spectacular color is most vivid in July when the snow melts, while from November to June its surface is frozen. Add Emerald Lake to your Yoho National Park travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Yoho National Park trip builder.
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  • My wife and I stayed at the Emerald Lake Lodge for three nights as a mid-winter getaway. The proximity of the Lodge to Calgary (2 1/2 hour drive) and its isolation in nature were the appeal. We had....  more »
  • This place is absolutely beautiful !!! I heard some bad reviews about this place which were completely untrue. It’s an older lodge but very beautiful!! Adds to the history and feel of the hole place.....  more »
  • Incredible place. Worth every step of the walk. Ice cold water. Bring water during your walk. It is possible to carry child with baby care. Beautiful beautiful place for wonderful photo. It's a long walk.
  • Super pretty lake with some awesome cross country ski trails/hiking trails! This place would be a great place for a quick hike or picnic in the summer and is very pretty to visit in winter! Make sure to pack your camera and take a few photos as well!
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