Welcome to Emerald Lake - the largest lake in #yohonationalpark in the province of #britishcolumbia 🇨🇦 🏔 . Only a short drive west from Lake Louise, it has a beautiful green hue that truly stands up to its name! 😍 As all the other lakes in Yoho and Banff, this bright blue color is most intense in early summer when there’s more glacial silt flowing into the lake from the surrounding mountains. . This lake is very elevated compared to all its neighbor lakes, which means it remains frozen 🥶 from November to early June - so if you’re planning a visit and you really want to enjoy these vibrant colors, you might want to consider dates between June and September! ☀️ . Don’t forget to make a pit stop at Cilantro Cafe located on the shores of the lake in this beautiful, iconic building for a quick bite or delish hot coco for those chilly days! ☕️ ❄️ . Food for thought: Always be kinder than necessary. What goes around comes around. No one has ever made themselves strong by showing how small someone else is. Whatever can be done, can be done more effectively when you add kindness. Whatever words are spoken, will always be more compelling when expressed with kindness. . The kind deeds you exert in just one moment can have a positive impact that lasts a lifetime. Your days will be brighter and your years fuller when you add kindness to your purpose. Choose to be kind every day, and you’re truly choosing to live in a better world ❤️ . #travelalberta#explorealberta @travelalberta #explorecanada#parkscanada#canada#canada🍁 #canadianrockies#hoponbanff#albertacanada#banffnationalpark#banff#banffcanada#morainelake#lakemoraine
“Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.” — J Campbell
This place was stunning! We took a tour through Chilkoot Charters from Skagway up to the Yukon into Canada. The color of this lake is created by the light reflecting off white mineral deposits. Whatever caused it, I was blown away by the colours and this is a must see on your Alaskan trip!
Thursday evening after my conference we checked out the flowers across the street and then headed out to emerald lake. The peace and serenity of the area was AWESOME as well as the stunning beauty. It seems that each time we travel we leave with desires to return to such a beautiful place and continue the explorations. Canada’s 🇨🇦 national parks have left us feeling no different. I think you could hike and explore the area for a lifetime and still not see it all! Grateful for a week in the Majestic Canadian Rockies! 🏔
I have always been acutely aware of the moments in time that are reminders to stay present. When the feelings rush through me something whispers “you will miss this” maybe that’s why I want to hold on so tightly often forgetting that there is beauty in letting things fall through your fingers What is meant for you will stay. We used to sit together in that tiny town dreaming of the days when we could wander the world. It only took us 9 years to create lives that make us happy and free and even though we are still learning as we go, we will always have each other. I wouldn’t trade this time with you for anything.
Emerald Lake earned top spot in my book out of all the popular lakes in the Banff/Yoho area. I know I’m part of the problem by being on Instagram and posting, but I’ve seen the negative impact IG has on the National Parks in Canada, the U.S. & in Patagonia. There seems to be an influx of people who want to have photo shoots of themselves in these areas, but don’t seem to care about the park system or the beauty that surrounds them. They come for an entirely different reason with a lack of respect for the places they display themselves to love. We have become rather a self-absorbed culture. 😢 We passed one woman at Moraine coming back in lingerie with fake flowers which she littered on the trail as she was leaving. Many others in little hats sitting on blankets looking out over the lake or guys shirtless, their sole purpose of the visit was to get pictures of themselves. Some of these girls & guys are nice looking people & I’m certainly not against anyone expressing themselves any way they want if that’s what they’re into, just not sure if a national park is the place to do it. Those pictures do not show the reality they seem to portray. I picked up the fake rose that the girl dropped and took a picture of it at Bow Lake with the natural beauty in the background. To me, there’s a lot of irony in it. The third picture is the line for the shuttle to get to Moraine Lake. We were told by a ranger that this was a slow day! 😳 Emerald was the least crowded when compared to Louise or Moraine. After the little restaurant (which was lovely) closed Jason & I had it all to ourselves. It was a stunningly beautiful place, they all are. That’s why I hope the trend going on comes to an end soon. I hope we all come to respect & see these places for their real value. Don’t get me wrong, these iconic places are gorgeous and well worth the trip to see. I just got a little discouraged and was happy to get the chance to hike into a more remote location and