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Emerald Lake

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.  

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Maligne Lake, Jasper

Maligne Lake is Jasper's version of Banff's Moraine and Lake Louise. All three are truly iconic with their stunning turquoise waters contrasted against lush forest, the Canadian Rockies, and that crisp fresh air. It doesn't matter how many times you have visited these spots or how many photos you see, there's still something magical about these locations that leave you in awe every single time. 

You can explore the area by driving the scenic Maligne Lake Drive, taking a tour, renting a canoe, or hiking the surrounding area. Definitely prepare to spend a good portion of your day in the area as you'll want to stop off at Maligne Canyon on the way so be sure to pack a lunch to enjoy at the lake. 

Maligne's famed Spirit Island is actually located 14 km up the lake and can only be reached by water. It's best to book a boat tour to take you to the island however, you can alternatively paddle your way there by renting a canoe if your up for the journey. 

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