Elevation gain: 50m
Emerald Lake is a beautiful glacier lake in Yoho National Park. It is located West of Field, BC, at the end of a road coming off the Trans-Canada Highway. Make sure you get there early, as the parking lot fills up very quickly. I arrived around 930am and was already parked on the side of the road.
There is actually a lodge on the side of the lake that seems very pleasant to stay at… Cabins and rooms can be rent and you can enjoy a stay in this amazing setting. You can also rent canoes or bring your own paddle, kayak, etc. I was just passing by and decided to walk around the lake to do the full loop and enjoy the views.
The trail starts on the left at the end of the parking lot, next to the toilets. The terrain is quite flat and easy, although the second part of the trail has more roots and rocks to look out for. After 1.5km you will have reached the other side of the lake, where you will find the junction towards Emerald Basin and other hikes in Yoho.
This is a family-friendly trail, not quite as busy as Lake Louise (just yet), that will make you really appreciate what our mountains have to offer!