Walking Around Emerald Lake in Canada

 

Emerald lake with tall maintains in the background. The air is smokey.
Emerald Lake Trail


Emerald lake with a few people in a canoe towards the right. There are mountains in the background. The air is smokey.
Emerald Lake Trail Circuit


A few people canoeing in Emerald Lake Trail Circuit with large mountains in the background. The air is smokey.
Emerald Lake Trail Circuit


I had the opportunity to walk around Emerald Lake in British Columbia (2017). To give you some context, Emerald Lake is located in Yoho National park British Columbia Canada. According to Wikipedia, it's the largest of 61 lakes and ponds and one of the parks Premier tourist attractions.

The lake has a wonderful blue color with large mountain ridges in the background. This area is trendy for hikers and people that love to canoe.

The Emerald Lake circuit took about an hour to do, but I didn't track it on my GPS. The trail at the time was heavily populated with tourists and other hikers. No big deal. 

If I were to look at Emerald Lake with the entrance of the parking lot behind me, I went left, and it starts with beautiful trees and then about halfway, the trees thin out, and then you can see the wonderful mountains a little bit more clearly.

Coming back on the other side of the loop, the trees' density starts to increase, and then your back in the main area.

I didn't find the hike to be overly difficult, considering I've had Achilles tendon ruptures in my life; the trail is relatively flat.

We were there at a very intense time of the year. There were many forest fires at that time, and as you can see in the photos, there is a smokey haze covering the mountains.

If you're looking to travel in this area by car, just a word of caution the parking lot fills up very fast, and people tend to park on the side of the roads, so your walk to Emerald Lake might be longer than you anticipated.

Photos by Ryan C