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Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake Road, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
250-343-6783
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Canoeing, Hiking, Horseback riding, Snow-shoeing, Cross-country skiing
Description: Peaceful lake nestled in the mountains and surrounded by lush, green forest.
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Dallas, Texas
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196 reviews 196 reviews
127 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Wonderful destination. Gorgeous lake, terrific easy hiking, boat trips available. Picnic tables and restrooms are well placed. See the display about the Burgess Shale.

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Atlanta, GA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
36 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Well worth the drive to Yoho National Park in British Columbia, just outside of Lake Louise. Very pretty lake with a nice easy walking trail around the lake.

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Puurs, Belgium
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81 reviews 81 reviews
38 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

As opposed to Lake Louise, this Lake has far less visitors. When you get there early, you're canoeing almost all by yourself. We canoed in the morning and took the lake loop hike in the afternoon, though it was already very hot. But fortunately, there is easy access to the water all around so you can take some time to... More

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Sydney, Australia
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395 reviews 395 reviews
148 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

A very pretty scene with vegetation,boating mountain views & a Lodge & a shop that is reached using the old wooden bridge that has a special pedestrian area. An information area advises what to see & going past it,the loos & the sign warning of Avalanches the Burgess Shale story is told. Information is continually updated. This is worth taking... More

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Ribeirao Preto, SP
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful and peaceful lake, not so famous like lake Louise or lake Moraine but even more beautiful. Just 25 km from Lake Louise. Nice restaurant with a patio. The color of the water is unbelievable!! Not so packed as the other lakes and you can also swim there so don't forget your swimming trunks! No cell phone coverage but who... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Mountain peaks surround a lake with turquoise waters. Tall trees line the pathways that follow the edge of the lake. Nice little gift shop where you can rent canoes. There is a resort and restaurant on one side. We considered stopping for lunch, but the restaurant was pretty pricey. Can't beat the view from their patio though.

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Windsor, Canada
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128 reviews 128 reviews
36 attraction reviews
423 helpful votes 423 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This was my first visit to Emerald Lake after 3 visits to Moraine Lake. I would rank Moraine ahead of Emerald but this is still a Must see while traveling through the Canadian Rockies. Only about 10 minutes up the road from the main highway. get there early to avoid the crowds.

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Edwardsburg, Michigan
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80 reviews 80 reviews
38 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a beautiful and vibrantly colored lake that you can hike/walk around in about an hour and a half with a variety of longer trails taking off in various directions. Although it gets tour buses after 9 AM, it's not quite as crowded as Lake Louise and it's quite serene in the early morning and late evening.

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Charlotte, NC
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103 reviews 103 reviews
42 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

About 15 mins off the highway, just down the road from the natural bridge and great to do in combination with Takakkaw falls (all a short drive from Lake Louise). Fabulous blue green waters, flat hike around the edge of the lake, canoes available for rental. There is a pretty cafe just across the bridge - with good looking lunch... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It was tipping down with rain by the time we arrived at the lake but being British we weren't going to be put off. Despite the rain and mist it was still a really pleasurable experience walking around the lake and the bonus was we had it all to ourselves! The take away cafe is a little expensive compared to... More

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