Emerald Lake
Emerald Lake
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South Klondike Highway # 2, Whitehorse, Yukon Y0B 1B0 Canada
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
We went on a rainy day but the green colours were still showing up. Now I wondee how they look like at a sunny day. The contrast will definitelt be even more stark. Regardless, it is a good place to stop along the South Klondike Highwau.

On normal times, tour buses come here from the cruises back down in Skagway aa an excursion so happy to enjoy it while they are still not allowed to get in and have a more quiet time.
Written September 29, 2021
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Barheat
Hamilton, Canada1,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The Emerald Lake represents the furthest travel into the Yukon for cruise ship passengers touring from Skagway. It is also one of the highlights of the tour. The vivid colour of the water is caused by marl, fine particle clays and silt, that reflects the green colour of the spectrum. We visited in May and were able to take photos of snow covered mountains in the background.
Written June 15, 2023
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GabyVM
Jakarta, Indonesia7,787 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
Emerald Lake is a relatively small lake by the Klondike Highway very close to Carcross on the way to Whitehorse. Here we can stop by the road side overlook and take photos (from above) of the turquoise-green lake with dense cedar forest and rugged mountains in the background. Fall colors make the scenery even more stunning.
The lake distinctive greenish reflection comes from blending of ice-aged glacial limestone (calcium carbonate) muds deposited at the base with fresh water from surrounding alps. The best view is in the morning with good amount of sun shine.
If you drive from Carcross, on the left just before the lake there was an unpaved small road turn which can take you down to the lake side. The first right turn was only meters away from the lake. Depending on the light, you may be able to capture cool reflections of the mountains, trees and clouds on the green lake.
Written November 5, 2017
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Janice L
Richmond, Canada200 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
We saw this on a mixed sun/cloud day, and agree is best viewed on a sunny day as the colour is much clearer. In Carcross we were told by a First Nations person that the lake was named by their ancestors as Rainbow Lake, they believe that the northern lights are their departed ancestors visiting, and when they leave the sky they live in the lake, hence the name. I'm so glad I heard the
Written August 11, 2016
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DSpad
Canada115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Friends
What a beautiful lake, one of the nicest i've ever seen! The colour of it is incredible....it looks like a sparkling jewel. Beautiful place!
Written September 11, 2012
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RJYukon
Whitehorse, Canada59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Family
Every time we take a trip to Carcross or Skagway, we always stop and admire the brilliant green and blue hues in this stunning lake. What can I say, it's gorgeous.
Written January 8, 2015
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daisyphresh
Montreal, Canada13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
We stopped to take pictures at Emerald Lake and my fear was that the hundreds of photos I took would never do it justice. The lake is surrounded by beautiful tall healthy trees protecting several shades of breathtaking green water. One of the most magnificent places I ever visited.
Written September 4, 2012
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wloo_andrew
Waterloo, Canada895 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
If the sun is out and overhead, the water comes alive with beautiful shades of blue and green. There's a large pullout at the side of the road with some information panels that explain what makes the water such a beautiful colour.
Written September 23, 2022
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KJElmer
Tacoma, WA246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Not much to do hear (that I could tell) but look and be stunned at the colors and landscape. Worth visiting the southern lakes.
Written October 15, 2020
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isonicq
Seattle, WA124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This is a pullout with an over look from the main highway about 10km past Carcross on the way to Whitehorse. It's a lot prettier in the day than in the evening when the sun is in your eyes and the lake's colors cannot be clearly seen. There's not much to do here other than take a few photos. A really pretty lake with all the emerald colors in the water
Written September 24, 2019
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