I almost ran out of words to describe this stunning place. Emerald lake is an amazing place to visit. It’s jaw dropping scenery makes me want to stay for couple of days. Good thing is that there are lodges nearby the lake for you to rent. RV camping is recommended as well. Everything is accessible! Washrooms, stores, restaurants, food on sites and even outdoor tables for picnic, they all have it.
Travel time depends from where you came from. Coming from Alberta, it would take you 2 to 3 hour long drive. We reached our destination early in the morning (8am approx ). We left 5am in the morning just to avoid traffic.
Capturing the sunrise during our trip has already made my day.
Upon arrival, parking lot are still almost empty so I really recommend going early. Most vehicles are RVs, big trucks and later on, we noticed buses containing tourists roaming around the area. It’s almost the same scene we had during our Lake Louise trip. (click here for our Lake Louise trip!)
We went straight to the washroom stalls. After that, a mini bridge designed with hanging flowers on the side welcomed us.
You can see the blue body of water and dark green trees covered with fogs. It’s really stunning.
On our left side, there was a shop where you can rent canoes. We didn’t try those since we already had tried one before during our Lake Louise trip.
After crossing the bridge, there are more shops and lodges surrounding the lake. The lake also offers great photo opps so we took our chance while there are still few people.
People began to arrive sooner. It’s hard to take decent photos without people in them so we decided to start the hike.
The trail offers different activities mostly suited for families. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on leash. We had a better view of the bluish green lake surrounded by mountains and trees. I bet hiking will be limited during winter.
We didn’t finished our hike because we chose to eat rather than walk further (because food is life :p).
Overall, we enjoyed our stay here. I loved how accessible it was and how it is not crowded compared to other famous tourist spot here in CA like Lake Louise or Banff. (which means lots of photo opps). Even if we didn’t venture too far from the beginning of the trail, it already felt like true wilderness.
Do you have any other “one with nature” experience that you cannot forget? Feel free tp comment or link it. We would love to hear them! 😊
Much Love, J