Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park

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#1 of 101 in Parks in Kootenay Rockies
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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  • October 4, 2017
    We stopped at Emerald Lake on one of our bus tours when visiting Alberta, Ca for 10 days this summer. the lake is gorgeous, such a beautiful milky blue from the glacial "flour". Our tour arrived in th...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Emerald Lake is just plain gorgeous - one of my favourite spots to visit in the Canadian Rockies. Its about 45 mins from Lake Louise - but is worth the drive. We were lucky to arrive there at sunset, ...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Emerald Lake is a most beautiful location with mountains surrounding a small lake named for its color. I have visited this spot for photo opp's many times over the years. It is great for paddling, but...  more »

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Where to stay in Yoho National Park

Despite its isolated location, Yoho National Park offers a handful of luxury accommodations, most along Scenic Route 1. Some of the park's more remote lodges are accessible only by private transport. These isolated retreats--many of which deliberately avoid TV reception or Wi-Fi--typically cost a pretty penny. If you're looking for something a bit more affordable, consider staying in nearby Lake Louise or Banff and head to the park on a day trip.
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