Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park

Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

Emerald Lake is a great place to spend a few hours exploring! It’s beyond picturesque, and it also makes for a great rest day in between hikes. We had just hiked the Iceline Trail and Takakkaw Falls the day before, and we were pretty beat. So before making a beeline for the coast, we decided to make a stop at Emerald Lake.

I definitely recommend going either early or late because it gets seriously busy during peak mid-day hours. It was cold and gloomy when we got there, but luckily we did get a few sunbeams before we left. Regardless of the weather, this place is stunning in every light.

Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

You can rent canoes to head out into this glacially colored lake, or hike around the edge to look back at the lodge. There’s also a restaurant located at the lodge with a patio overlooking the water. We ended up leaving before the restaurant opened for lunch. But if I would have done some planning ahead, I would’ve booked us some time on that gorgeous patio! (The patio is picture 2 photos below – it’s the little yellow umbrellas.)

Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

This is a perfect example of why it’s nice to have done at least a little pre-research. But we were just winging it as we had gotten a little extra time off work that wasn’t expected. In any case, at least I can pass on the info in hopes you can make the most of your trip.

Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

There are some trails that take off from here and connect up with several from the Takakkaw Falls/Iceline Trail area. We definitely saw some backpackers coming out from several days in the backcountry. I can only imagine how awesome it would’ve been based on how much we loved the Iceline Trail!

Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park | Get Inspired Everyday!

Even if you just stop to visit Emerald Lake for an hour or so, it’s so incredibly gorgeous here, you won’t regret it!

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