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Canoe Emerald Lake

Field, British Columbia

based on 3 reviews



2 miles

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Added by Mason Boring

Paddle these pristine waters of Emerald Lake and find some solitude in this lesser known gem!

Beat the crowd at Moraine Lake and paddle Emerald Lake instead! This lake is a must for any Banff/Yoho explorer. It's an easy drive off HWY 1 but stop at the Natural Bridge along the way. There's a restaurant, Cilantro, inside the lodge with a patio along the shore.

Canoe rentals are around $90 per hour (no half hour rates). Rent for two and paddle to the North shore for an awesome experience. If you aren't too fond of paddling, there's a easy hiking loop that follows the lake shore.

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Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole
ADA Accessible

Canoe Emerald Lake Reviews

Canoe rental prices are $90 for ONE HOUR, not 30 mins as stated below. There is no half hour rate at Emerald Lake. These prices are the cheapest in the Rockies with Lake Louise coming in at $140/1hr and $125/30 mins.

Gorgeous body of water, super touristy of course. So I'd recommend going early to beat the crowds. Also, the rentals are not under $50, they are $90 Canadian, for just half of an hour. Absolutely ridiculous.

I didn't canoe the lake but we did explore around it and it really is the prettiest emerald color. When we were there there were tour buses full of people and it was SO crowded, be sure to go early in the morning or later at night!

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!


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