Emerald Lake is the largest lake located in Yoho National Park in the province of British Columbia. It’s just 20 minutes drive west from it’s famous neighbour Lake Louise, but is not as well known. With a beautiful green hue it truly stands up to it’s name. The colour is most intense in early summer when there is a high amount of glacial silt flowing from the surrounding mountains. Due to the high elevation of the lake it remains frozen from November to early June.
The lake is surrounded by mountains of the President Range, Mount Burgess and Wapta Mountain. The area is home to a number of bird species including the American dipper, common loon and osprey. There are also a few species of fish that can be found in the waters including cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish and char.
Emerald Lake is a popular destination for hikers, photographers and nature lovers. There are a number of trails that lead around the lake and into the surrounding mountains. The most popular trail is the Emerald Lake Loop which takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete. This easy trail leads through forests and meadows with stunning views of the lake and mountains.
If you’re visiting Banff National Park, make sure to add Emerald Lake to your list of places to see!