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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  • Just a great experience especially with the right sunlight changing the colors of the lake. Our visit was effected to some degree by wild fire smoke as well as a small fire near the lake. Recommend a ...  more »
  • Once you get away from the car park (typically full of selfie seekers) the walk around the lake is peaceful and the views exceptional. There was snow on the ground when we were there which added to th...  more »
  • This Lake is well named, a color Emerald, it is much more savage than his cousin Lake Louise! If possible, come early to even more to enjoy the magic of the place! The surrounding mountains are superb... Only downside, presence of a business on the edge of the Lake.
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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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