Emerald Lake is a lake located in Yoho National Park at an elevation of 1,300 meters, in the province of British Columbia, Canada.
The first Europeans to discover the lake was the explorer Tom Wilson, who discovered the lake by chance in 1882. His group of horses escaped, and as he followed in their footsteps, he first entered the lake valley, and was amazed at the beauty of the lake.
The lake is known for its amazing turquoise color of water, caused by chalk powder, and is named after this color . The turquoise color is especially noticeable in July when the lake waters are enriched with snowmelt water from the surrounding mountains.
This lake is the largest of the 61 lakes and pools in Yoho Park, and is undoubtedly the main attraction of Yoho National Park. And it is because its intense blue color has made this lake the jewel of the Rocky Mountains of Canada.
Access : Coordinates: 51.444, -116.531 / Emerald Lake is located in Yoho National Park, just 15 minutes from Field, the main town of the park and where we will find the visitor center. / To get to Emerald Lake, you can drive the Trans-Canada Highway for two hours from Calgary, where many commercial flights arrive every day.
- The Yoho National Park is a 1310 km² Canadian national park in the province of British Columbia on the main ridge of the Rocky Mountains. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.
- During the summer months, you can rent canoes and sail on the lake. During the winter, the lake is a popular water skiing destination.
- Around the lake is a circular walking trail, popular with visitors to the park, which is 5.2 kilometers long. Part of the track (about half) is accessible to the disabled and allows wheelchairs and prams to pass.
- Due to the high altitude of the lake , the lake is frozen from November to June.
- This lake is the largest of the 61 lakes and pools in Yoho Park, and is one of the park’s top tourist sites.
Activities : sightseeing / photo opportunities, The sunnier the day, the more vivid the color will be. / trekking,Around the lake there is a 5.1 km long route / rent kayaks.
/ a fantastic place to see wildlife / cross-country skiing along the Tally Ho trail.
Go next : Field, the main town of the park / the world-famous Burgess Shale fossil beds, the Michael glacier / Hamilton Falls, just 1 kilometer from Emerald Lake / Hamilton Lake / Takakkaw falls.