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Glacier Lily GuesthouseSELF CONTAINED STUDIO APARTMENT with PRIVATE ENTRANCE in the heart of Yoho National Park! Visitors from all provinces welcome! Perfect for couples, friends or small families of 3. We are 20 minutes from the town of Lake Louise and even closer to some of the best attractions the Rockies have to offer. We are the perfect spot to come see the Rockies while observing still social distancing!
✫✩ Beautiful Cottage In The Heart Of The Rockies✩✫Experience the ultimate Canadian Rockies getaway in this beautiful timber frame chalet! Enjoy your morning coffee while overlooking the serenity of the forest and nearby river, before heading out to ski Kicking Horse Mountain, or take advantage of local hiking terrain. After a long day, cook up a delicious meal in the full kitchen before curling up by the fireplace or roasting marshmallows on the outdoor fire pit!
☼Perfect Rustic Log Chalet Getaway for Ski or HikeSki, hike, and explore from this rustic log cabin located in the serene and majestic Canadian Rockies. Spend your evenings next to the stone fireplace with a good book, or roast marshmallows around the outdoor fire pit with friends! Prepare your favourite meal in the full kitchen, or show off your BBQ skills while overlooking the surround forest and river.
No glacial lake in Yoho National Park has earned quite as many fans as Emerald Lake, one of the most iconic sights in the Canadian Rockies. In fact, many park guests plan their visits to coincide with the snow melting off the surrounding mountain peaks — that’s when its enchanting turquoise waters appear the brightest. The credit goes to limestone for causing the vivid colors of the lake, which look especially luminous in the July sun. You can rent kayaks and canoes in the summer; in winter, the lake becomes a popular destination for cross-country skiers. Emerald Lake is one of more than 60 lakes and ponds in the national park, which has more majestic landscapes than you can shake a hiking stick at.
You’ll find chalets, guesthouses, and the Yoho National Park Visitor Centre in the tiny community of Field, home to around 200 residents. Nearby, the hamlet of Lake Louise is known for its ski resort. Midway between Calgary and Emerald Lake, the destination town of Banff is a popular jumping-off point for exploring the surrounding Banff National Park.
You’ll need a car to explore the wild landscapes around Emerald Lake. It’s about a 120-mile drive from Yoho National Park — on the eastern border of British Columbia — to Calgary, Alberta, the nearest large city. Major airlines fly into Calgary International Airport (YYC), where you can pick up a rental car for the westward road trip on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Temperatures vary dramatically by elevation, so you’ll want to pack layers no matter the season. Emerald Lake’s surface stays frozen from around November to June, making summer and early fall the peak times for visiting Yoho National Park and the surrounding communities. July and August highs average around 73 degrees Fahrenheit and lows dip to the 40s, though snow still falls in higher altitudes even in summer.
Bring snow gear for the cooler months, when Yoho appeals to experienced winter recreationists. Average high temperatures decline from the 60s to the lower 40s Fahrenheit through early fall. Come November, average highs are below freezing. Keep in mind that many trails and roads in the park are closed during the winter months, when the park becomes a favorite venue for snowshoers and cross-country skiers.
Hikers won’t quickly run out of trails in Yoho National Park, where summertime outings vary from accessible day hikes to more ambitious backcountry excursions. Several of the most scenic include a popular circuit that traces the shores of the lake. Check in with the visitor center to plan your trek.
Tumbling for more than 1,200 feet, Takakkaw Falls is the second-tallest waterfall in Canada. You can reach it by car on the twisty-turny Yoho Valley Road. For a view from above the falls, hike the strenuous Iceline Trail, which grants you stellar views of the rugged alpine landscape.
Paleontologists study fossils that date back more than 500 million years at Burgess Shale, an important scientific landmark that’s recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visits to one of the three fossil beds require advance reservations.