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Published: October 8th 2010
The Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park
We started our day in Lake Louise by driving to the Emerald Lake. This was only a short drive away, but is in Yoho National Park, which is in the state of British Columbia, rather than Alberta where we had been to date.
We had seen some stunning scenery since we had been in the Rockies, but this was our favourite, with the mountains reflecting in this emerald-green water. It was also quiet and there was a circular trail which you could follow all the way around the lake. One half of the walk was warm and open, the other half was through rainforest and so was significantly cooler.
Jake also apparently saw a bear print in the mud, but he didn’t tell the rest of us until we heard some other people talking about it. We didn’t know whether to be grateful that we had been spared the worry of confronting a dangerous, wild animal or disappointed that we had missed the print. We didn’t walk back to try and find it.
We then drove back to Lake Louise to have a look at that lake, which is some distance from the village where we had stayed
Lake Louise viewed from the Fairview Lookout
the previous night. An ‘attractive’ setting, but seriously spoilt by the crowds of people - especially after the peace of the Emerald Lake. What also spoilt Lake Louise is the hideous concrete hotel by the side of it. This carbuncle would have looked more in place in Disneyland Paris than in the Canadian Rockies. What was very strange was that a lot of postcards of the lake seem to take pride in showing-off this eyesore.
There was also no circular walk around the lake so we walked up to the Fairview Lookout for a view over the lake. This was quite steep which was made hard going by the altitude and thin air. It was either that or we’d been having too many of those as-much-as-you-can-eat breakfasts, or probably both.
This walk was originally sign-posted as 1.1km, but was later sign-posted as 1.6km, much to the annoyance of us and a number of other people who had also decided to walk to the viewpoint and were later reconsidering.
Finally we went to Lake Moraine. This wasn’t as busy as Lake Louise, but the car park was smaller and we ended up having to park by the side
Lake Moraine and some of the Ten Peaks
of the road half a mile away. They also rented out canoes here and the kids managed to persuade us that that would be a good idea. Muggings here was the one who had to do all the hard work though.
Again, there was no circular walk, so we were glad that we had done the one at the Emerald Lake.
I think you have probably guessed which my favourite lake was. This was also recommended by the lady in the Tourist Information, so her advice was doubly spot-on.
We then had a bit of a rush to leave the park as we had exceeded the time on the pass we got when we first entered. Unless some kind of surprise fine arrives in the post, it wasn’t checked.
Tot: 2.51s; Tpl: 0.048s; cc: 13; qc: 27; dbt: 0.0261s; 2; m:saturn w:www (184.108.40.206); sld: 3;
; mem: 1.3mb