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Emerald Lake, Whitehorse

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#2 of 9 in Nature in Yukon
Emerald Lake, the largest of Yoho's 61 lakes, stands out for its exquisite turquoise color. Mount Burgess, Wapta Mountain, and the President mountain range surround the lake, completing the picturesque setting. Though frozen until June, the lake water melts in July, revealing its famed emerald color--a result of powdered limestone from melting snow. Take a hike down the 5.2 km (3.2 mi) trail that circles the lake. In winter, rent all the ski equipment you need on site before hitting the slopes. You can easily find accommodations in this year-round romantic getaway. Put Emerald Lake into our Whitehorse trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Whitehorse.
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  • This 12 mile hike around emerald lake is a moderate hike and can be done by mountain bike. Bring plenty of water and snacks for it will take you the good part of a day. The trail is wide in most place...  more »
  • Small lake... sumptuous beauty and tranquility... between the tones of blue, green, yellow, and the Emerald... like no other... magic! time for a break or a detour! possibility to walk around a bit... view! For the pleasure of the eyes... When I went there - the last time - the lodge was on sale... I saw this place 20 times... and I can never get enough! There are many beautiful lakes in the Yukon! June 2014
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  • We stopped here for lunch and the lake is quite beautiful, particularly when the sun is shining. We didn't have very long here and I am sure it would be nice to spend longer and go for walks.  more »

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Where to stay in Whitehorse

Accommodations in Whitehorse are spread throughout the city center, easy to navigate on foot or by car. If views of the Yukon River are your top priority, you'll have to pay more to enjoy a prime riverside location in one of the hotels along Front Street. For something more budget-friendly, look for an inn or guesthouse a few streets back from the river. To immerse yourself in the wild nature of the Yukon, look outside the city itself to one of the many ranches and bed and breakfasts dotting the surrounding landscape.
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