Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park

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#1 of 101 in Parks in Kootenay Rockies
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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. Arrange your visit to Emerald Lake and discover more family-friendly attractions in Yoho National Park using our Yoho National Park vacation trip planner.
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  • After seeing almost all of Banff, Jasper and Yoho Lakes, I must say that I prefer this, Emerald Lake, to my best of all, very quiet and spectacular reflection and water color. Stay at dusk or when the Sun is going and enjoy the tranquility that offers is indispensable.
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  • 20 years ago visiting lake Louise I was advised by someone next to me to visit Emerald lake, my friend who lived in Alberta wasn't sure were it was.This trip I made sure it was on the itinerary. I or ...  more »
  • This lake is lighter green- emerald, I guess and the mountains are gorgeous behind the lake. I took many pictures from various perspectives near the restaurant. Some of them are amazingly gorgeous. Ve...  more »

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