Located in BC's Yoho National Park Emerald Lake is the largest lake in Yoho and is only a 20 minute drive from the famed Lake Louise and Moraine. While only a short drive away Emerald Lake is not as popular a destination as Lake Louise and is a lot less crowded.
Tour buses still stop off at Emerald but the crowds are not nearly as overwhelming as the glacier lakes in Banff. Like both Louise and Moraine, Emerald Lake has a trail that circles around the lake allowing you to further escape the crowds and take in the lake beauty from a different perspective.
Canoe rentals are available by the hour and for those wanting to stay longer you can book a stay at the Emerald Lake Lodge, which consists of 24 cabins, or enjoy a meal at the lake side restaurant.