On this day: Emerald Lake, British Columbia, Canada

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries.

On September 1, 2017, I was at Emerald Lake, British Columbia.

My friend and I were wrapping up our one week Western Canada hiking trip with Randonee Tours, which had taken us through Banff National Park in Alberta and Yoho National Park in neighbouring British Columbia. After several days of intense hiking on highlights such as the Beehive Trail overlooking Lake Louise, and the Iceline Trail running along Emerald Glacier, we took a break and spent a leisurely day exploring Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park.

Discovered and named in 1882 by Canadian outfitter and guide Thomas Edmonds Wilson, Emerald Lake is the largest of Yoho’s 61 lakes and ponds, as well as one of the park’s premier attractions. It is surrounded by mountains of the President Range, Mount Burgess, and Wapta Mountain. The lake’s low elevation combined with an influx of moisture produces a unique selection of flora here, including western red cedar, western yew, western hemlock, and western white pine trees, along with wildflowers that bloom in abundance during late June and early July. The water’s distinctive turquoise colour comes from powdered limestone deposition.

The sole accommodation here is at Emerald Lake Lodge, which was built in 1902 by the Canadian Pacific Railway. As for things to do, there is a 5.2 kilometre hiking trail that circles the lake, and canoe or rowboat rentals if you wish to venture out onto the serene waters. In the winter, this is a popular destination for cross country skiing.

17 responses to “On this day: Emerald Lake, British Columbia, Canada”

  1. Lisa at Following the Rivera Avatar
    Lisa at Following the Rivera

    Emerald Lake looks wonderful! I need to get back to Canada one day and see this for myself.

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  2. cocktailsandcarryonsnet Avatar

    Beaaaautiful!!!! Mountains? Lake? I’m in!!

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    1. Same here! Thanks for reading 🙂


  3. Love lakes with that turquoise color! Awesome idea to do an “on this day” theme. Do you know if there are camping opportunities near the lake?

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    1. Thanks for reading! I’m not sure if there is a camping directly adjacent to Emerald Lake but there are camp sites within Yoho National Park where the lake is located.

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  4. Love Emerald Lake. Glad you got to visit it. Maggie

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    1. I’m glad as well! Thanks for reading 😊

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  5. Wow! The lake really is emerald, as to its namesake. It’s been YEARS since I last visited British Columbia, and I’d love to go see this beautiful gem of the area. Thank you so much for sharing! ❤

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    1. Thanks for dropping by! Emerald Lake is beautiful and so peaceful. Hope you get a chance to see it one day.

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  6. Love the ‘On this day’ theme! And would love to visit BC one day

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    1. Thanks for reading! It’s been a fun series to write. Hope you get a chance to visit BC one day; it is beautiful.


  7. That looks gorgeous (and love the fun name – Yoho). You folks sure have some beautiful mountain-lake combos up there.

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