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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. See Emerald Lake and all Whitehorse has to offer by arranging your trip with our Whitehorse trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Whitehorse and caribou on the way to Emerald Lake. As the name suggests, the color of the Lake at Emerald was beautiful. No means of transportation other than car drive by rental car. Different shades and the weather has changed, see also. Still beautiful sunny time! One Lake, one color, not the depth of aquatic plants? Gradient; There are many beautiful lakes in the Whitehorse area, this Lake only color is different. Degree through the car once in a while just shriveled partly rest on the drive way, but was very quiet.
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  • August 11, 2017
    This Lake is an "OMG" breathtaking view. We were there on a nice sunny blue sky day and it was almost Unreal. Lots of signature pictures of our trip. We probably spent about half an hour there enjoyin...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Gorgeous emerald lake - the color is due to the silt deposits. We were lucky to be there on a bright still day!  more »

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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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