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Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park

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Visit the picturesque Emerald Lake at Yoho National Park. The largest and best-known lake in the park is renowned for its postcard-like beauty and vibrant turquoise water. Hike on the 5.2 km (3.2 mile) trail, which takes you on a loop around the lake. Enjoy views of the lake and forest, with tall mountains standing out in the background. The lake’s spectacular color is most vivid in July when the snow melts, while from November to June its surface is frozen. Add Emerald Lake to your Yoho National Park travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Yoho National Park trip builder.
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  • A wonderful Canadian Rocky road trip. We rented car from Seattle entering Victoria, Jasper, Banff etc for two weeks. 
    A wonderful Canadian Rocky road trip. We rented car from Seattle entering Victoria, Jasper, Banff etc for two weeks.  more »
  • A beautiful place to stop at in Banff/Yoho national parks. Less crowded than most of the other sites in the parks, but just as beautiful. There are bathrooms, a large parking lot, trails to walk on... 
    A beautiful place to stop at in Banff/Yoho national parks. Less crowded than most of the other sites in the parks, but just as beautiful. There are bathrooms, a large parking lot, trails to walk on...  more »
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  • Gorgeous spot. Easy yet a great hike around the lake and also has harder ones here. You can also rent canoes here in the summer. You can also see some spruce grouse around here. Super peaceful. Washroom available at the entrance area in the form of a nicer outhouse. Peaceful yet can be very busy in the summer months with limited parking spaces.
  • Beautiful, easy walk around the lake, even some section a little bit muddy.

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