Emerald Lake
Emerald Lake
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Peaceful lake nestled in the mountains and surrounded by lush, green forest.
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  • MPP2703
    Caythorpe, United Kingdom1,831 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it, yes busy-ish, but do the lakeside trail starting through the lodge.Quieter to start that way.
    Probably one of our favourite Lakes on all our Canadian tour. The parking can be an issue, so consider your arrival time. We did the whole lake trail, starting by going through the obligatory lake side lodge. I did think we had gone wrong, but eventually got down lakeside. It's a nice trail, 3/4 miles ish. Not too busy at the start, I think most start the other way. But fabulous looking lake surrounded by mountains. A must visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 18, 2023
  • amdittbe
    Carver, Minnesota135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome views without the crowds
    We arrived here around 7:30am and there were only a few cars. We hiked around the lake- the first half is paved and flat and the second half more moderate with wet areas and loose rock. Beautiful views- totally worth it.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • cypins
    Louisiana264 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Green Lake!
    Wonderful Green lake.. hence the Emerald name. I liked this a lot as almost all the others were blue it was great to see a different color. The lake is beautiful but the parking is small and even though we had no problems I can see it being rough on a busy day.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Stephen & Sue
    Canberra, Australia2,594 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfectly Named
    Emerald Lake is one of the lesser known gems in the region, but should be one of its essential stops. The lake is – emerald! It’s stunning, even on a wet day, and worth much than just a short stop, so leave time for the 2 hour easy, flat hike around the lake. Canoe hire here is also much cheaper than at Lake Louise or Moraine. There’s toilets, canoe hire, a café and plenty of picnic tables, but parking is limited so you may have to park down the road and walk a bit. Crowds here are nothing like those at the nearby main attractions, so it’s relatively peaceful, though the odd tour bus does seem to make it here for a brief stop. It’s just over half an hour’s drive from Lake Louise Village, so an easy visit on any stay in the region. Our only regret is we didn’t leave enough time to spend more time at this lovely, quiet spot.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Bucket List
    West Lafayette, Indiana280 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Absolutely stunning. The color of the water and surrounding backdrop is amazing. We hiked the trail around the lake. One side is very flat with packed gravel/ground, and the other side is a bit more challenging, yet not horribly so, with narrower trails, packed dirt/mud and lots of roots and wet/muddy in places. But the amazing smell of the pine trees on the latter trail side was heavenly. Suggest hiking shoes on this stretch, and I appreciated my walking sticks for stability. We had a beautiful sunny day, which made the color of this lake even more amazing. Parking lot is small and fills up quickly, so parking is potentially an issue and walking is involved. The entrance and bridge for visitors was extremely busy, so if you go during a busy season, prepare for the masses. The walk around the lake was not crazy busy. There was a small walk-up place for coffee and sandwiches. I'm really glad we did not miss this beaut of an area.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • WashingtonianNative
    Fairfax, Virginia195 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Miss It!
    This place is of spectacular beauty. We walked around the lake and it was a very peaceful and beautiful walk. The boardwalk/dock platform is way too busy so you need to really hike around the lake to take in the full beauty.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Jobylake
    Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom1,166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Level walk, gets busy and the small car park was full by 9am (Thursday, early July)
    We drove from Lake Louise and arrived by 9am. The road is a dead end so you drive back the way you came in. The car park was full when we arrived but we managed to park at the very end of the car park before it got too narrow to do so (although when we got back to the car, others had parked next to us anyway). There are pit toilets here should you need them. You can also boat / kayak on the lake. The visitors here are far less than at the heavy tourist lakes of Moraine Lake, Lake Louise or Peyto Lake. Our walk around the lake saw only a small handful of people. Most stayed near the bridge and car park area. The walk around the lake is flat and well paved. We walked a fair bit around before turning back. The weather was sun and cloud so the pictures we took were variable. It wasn’t completely still but the water was almost mirror like at times. We also walked up towards the lodge area to get a different perspective of the lake. The lodges here have a great view. Definitely worth a visit as this lake is different from the other touristy lakes as it provides more colour due to the trees.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Naresh Karani
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The greenest most exquisite lake ever visited
    The highlight of our visit to the Yoho National Park was the Emerald Lake. You could be sure that you've never seen such an exquisite lake that looks actually green in colour, and hence the name. We just could not resist canoeing in the lake, and it was certainly one of our most memorable experiences of our four-day trip to Banff/Jasper/Yoho National Parks across Alberta and British Columbia provinces of Canada. We would strongly recommend a visit, as Emerald lake has breathtaking, fabulous and serene views. The waters are calm and one could hire a canoe on an hourly basis for CAD 90 per canoe, with three people allowed to be in a canoe.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Allan C
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful and stressfree paddle on Emerald Lake!
    Do yourself a favour, ditch the crowds over at Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, and go relax over at Emerald Lake! Just as beautiful but less crowded, this gem in Yoho National Park is surrounded by mountains full of glaciers which feeds this turquoise coloured lake. The canoe and kayak rentals here are more readily available and a lot cheaper compared to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Definitely recommend a paddle around this lovely body of water!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 7, 2023
  • eVe 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬
    Singapore, Singapore1,161 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The name said it!
    The Emerald Lake is very huge. We were there for lunch and thereafter, took a stroll along a portion of the lake. People go there for kayaking and I think it will an awesome experience to row a boat down the emerald greenish lake!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 19, 2023
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Tony A
73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Stunning lake with beautiful colors and a fantastic walking trail. The trail take about 2 hours to go all the way around. Take hiking boots as half of the trail is asphalt and half is dirt and can get muddy. Take a lunch because there was no food available when we were there. You can get coffee is off season. Clean restrooms are available. No cell service but WiFi is available in the lodge. This place is beautiful.
Written May 18, 2024
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BruinDan
Fullerton, CA3,172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Located in British Columbia near the border with Alberta, Emerald Lake is one of the most popular attractions in Yoho National Park. It is located a little less than 58 mi/94 km from the town of Banff, Alberta. My wife and I visited the lake on a very chilly morning in mid-October 2023.

NOTE that most travel guides and websites recommend that you arrive at Emerald Lake early, and I would concur. We arrived a few minutes after 8:00 a.m., and there was plenty of parking available. When we left a couple hours later, the relatively small lot was full. This was despite the fact it was during the off season.

Partially due to the low temperatures, there was low-lying fog right on top of the lake, giving it a very eerie and mysterious look as we walked along the bridge toward the resort. As the sun broke through the clouds and the fog dissipated, we took a walk along the paved walkway next to the lake, where you will find a large information kiosk and vault toilets. We were treated to some spectacular views of this gorgeous lake and the surrounding mountains. Ultimately, we were very glad we included a visit to Emerald Lake as part of our Canadian Rockies vacation.
Written May 13, 2024
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Lawrence V
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Walk around the Lake was easy and about 45 minute hike. Easy to follow trail. Good to walk around in winter conditions and lake frozen over. Not much wildlife noticed.
Written April 7, 2024
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Ashlyne N
North Bay, Canada331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Absolutely stuffing place! There was only one other car in the someone lots and we pretty much had the place to ourselves which I hear is a rarity here. We did the hike around the lake and the views were stunning.

I’d definitely suggest coming here in the winter when you can take advantage of the small crowds!
Written March 1, 2024
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Rodger H
Temecula, CA63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Amazing lake and serene. Much less crowded than nearby locations. Make sure to grab a bite at Truffle Pigs in nearby Feilds.
Written October 17, 2023
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Bohemian_me84
Calgary, Canada1,958 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
This is for sure one of the most beautiful places in the Rockies . That lake is breath taking , little houses from the lodge are adding charm and cute little souvenir shop and canoe rental just add to charm .
Water is really cold so try not to fall in , you can buy locally made honey at the canoe rental and amazing chutney at the lodge .
You can also buy postcards but no place to send them from :)
Written October 5, 2023
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Sharon P
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The parking lot is very small so go early or late. The first half of the lake trail is a leisurely stroll but be prepared, the last half is muddy and much rougher (that side never gets sun so it's like a rain forest).
Also, Hamilton trail is in this area. It was the hike from h#&l for us. We never found the top. We saw the water falls but could not get to it. There is one sign that says "trail" which is not very helpful. I was crawling and hanging on to limbs and roots to get down. It was very steep. We eventually gave up. Plus there are 2 huge downed trees you have to crawl over to get started.
Written September 26, 2023
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eVe 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬
Singapore, Singapore1,161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The Emerald Lake is very huge. We were there for lunch and thereafter, took a stroll along a portion of the lake. People go there for kayaking and I think it will an awesome experience to row a boat down the emerald greenish lake!
Written September 19, 2023
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MyKidsRSaints
Romeoville, IL210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Parking is a bit of an issue here, but the lake is beautiful! It's a short walk once you are parked and you can see the lake without walking much further - unless of course, you want to hike all the way around.
Written September 14, 2023
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Lise P
Gibbons, Canada90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Stunning views of mountains while paddle boarding! The calm green waters and beautiful forest with mountains surrounding is paradise paddling
Written September 11, 2023
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