top of page
  • Writer's pictureMatt

Yoho National Park

Emerald Lake, a gem nestled in the heart of Yoho National Park, is a serene oasis that beckons travelers with its stunning turquoise waters and picturesque mountain backdrop. This iconic alpine lake, aptly named for its mesmerizing emerald hue, captivates visitors with its natural beauty and tranquil atmosphere.

Surrounded by towering peaks and lush forests, Emerald Lake offers a pristine retreat for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. The lake's vibrant color is a result of light refracting off the finely ground particles of glacial rock suspended in the water, creating a mesmerizing display that seems almost too beautiful to be real.

Visitors to Emerald Lake can embark on a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, taking in panoramic views of the surrounding mountains mirrored in the crystal-clear waters. The easy loop trail offers opportunities for wildlife spotting, with the chance to encounter everything from majestic elk to playful otters in their natural habitat.

For those seeking a more immersive experience, canoe rentals are available, allowing visitors to paddle across the tranquil waters and explore the lake at their own pace. Whether gliding past towering cliffs or drifting beneath the shade of overhanging trees, a canoe trip on Emerald Lake promises moments of serenity and awe-inspiring beauty.

Surrounded by the majesty of the Canadian Rockies, Emerald Lake is not only a natural wonder but also a hub for outdoor adventure. Hiking trails wind their way through the surrounding wilderness, offering opportunities to explore the area's diverse ecosystems while soaking in breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding peaks.

As the sun sets behind the mountains, casting a golden glow across the landscape, visitors can gather around the lakeshore or enjoy a leisurely picnic on the grassy banks, savoring the tranquility of this alpine paradise.

Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or simply a moment of awe in nature, Emerald Lake promises an unforgettable experience that will leave a lasting impression on all who have the privilege to visit its shores.


It is recommend that you get to the lake as early as possible. We got there around 7am. The parking lot is very small and can really only hold a handful of cars. Otherwise you may have to circle the area for a while and miss the sunrise.

Be ready for no cell service. The lake is in the middle of nature so don't expect any cell service. Make sure to download directions ahead of time just incase, but the signage is great so you should be able to find your way back to the main road.

Driving Here

To get to Yoho National Park from Calgary, you can drive west on the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) for about 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on traffic and weather conditions. Yoho is located approximately 180 kilometers (112 miles) west of Calgary. Once you get in the area of the area there are a lot of good signage to direct you due to poor GPS signal.

Takakkaw Falls

Takakkaw Falls, a natural marvel nestled in the heart of Yoho National Park, is a breathtaking spectacle that captivates visitors with its sheer beauty and thundering cascade. Standing at an impressive height of 302 meters (991 feet), Takakkaw Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in Canada, making it a must-see destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

Accessing Takakkaw Falls is an adventure in itself, as visitors embark on a scenic drive through Yoho National Park, passing by pristine forests, rugged mountain peaks, and crystal-clear rivers. The road leading to the falls offers panoramic views at every turn, providing a preview of the natural wonders that await.

Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by the thunderous roar of the waterfall as it plunges over the edge of a sheer cliff, sending mist into the air and creating rainbows on sunny days. The viewing platform offers a perfect vantage point to admire the sheer power and beauty of Takakkaw Falls up close, allowing visitors to feel the mist on their faces and hear the roar of the cascading water.

For those seeking a closer encounter with nature, hiking trails wind their way through the surrounding wilderness, offering opportunities to explore the area's diverse flora and fauna while enjoying panoramic views of the waterfall and surrounding area.

Have you been to Yoho National Park? Tag us in your story on Instagram @offseasontravelss

1 view0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page