Lately, I’ve been fortunate enough to come across little paradises. During our recent hiking spree in Alberta and British Columbia, we came across this gem, Emerald Lake.
Emerald Lake is the largest of 61 lakes and ponds in Yoho National Park, British Columbia and the most admired given the number of visitors it receives every day, especially during summer. Emerald Lake is well-regarded for its turquoise waters in a backdrop of glacier mountains such as Mount Burgess, President Range, and Wapta Mountain. Hiking, canoeing, and fishing are popular activities during summer months; in winter, cross-country skiing is common.
Emerald Lake’s turquoise waters get more spectacular in July which is also the busiest month. Honestly, I’m not sure why it was named emerald and not turquoise. Near Emerald Lake is the world-famous Burgess Shale Fossil which is about 10 hours guided hike done during summer months only.
Hiking around the lake is easy with some elevation and wetland areas. The trail is 5.2 Kilometres long, quite civilized and comfortable for all ages. One side is accessible by wheelchair. There are random benches on one side of the trail where you can rest your legs.
Emerald Lake hiking trail is straightforward, easy to navigate and nice for a stroll any time of the day in summer. There is always someone in the trails during the busy summer months.
At the starting point which is behind the souvenir store, one could choose to hike from the left or right. We found it easier to start on the left. The views are beautiful and you can take as many photos as you wish when you still have the energy. The other side of the trail consists of a dirt, is uneven, slim, canopy covered with boardwalks in some places.
The entire hike takes around an hour or more when you can’t help but take photos of the instagramable landscape.
Besides hiking, there are other ways of exploring Emerald Lake. We visited on Canada Day weekend and renting a canoe was going for $60 per hour which was off the roof. Normally it costs $40 per hour.
- Swimming (The water is glacier cold)
- Parking is small but you could pull over to the side of the road and ‘hike’ to the lake
- Bring a bear spray & bug spray
- Any time of the day is pleasant for hiking
- Hiking shoes not necessary
Always glad to hear from you. Where have you hiked recently? How did you prepare for the hike? Drop your comments on the comments box below.