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Emerald Lake, Whitehorse

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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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  • I cycled when I've had a bit of snow, so the scenery was amazing. Did that ride along with a day tour to Carcross and other places with Werner of Taste of Yukon Adventures. I recommend it too!!!!! excellent professional
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  • Emerald Lake is a relatively small lake by the Klondike Highway very close to Carcross on the way to Whitehorse. Here we can stop by the road side overlook and take photos (from above) of the turquois...  more »
  • Beautiful lake on the way to Whitehorse. Worth stopping by and looking at the scenery and even doing down to the lake.  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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