Frequent question: How do you get to Emerald Lake?

How do I get to Emerald Lake?

To get to Emerald Lake, you can drive the Trans-Canada Highway for two hours from Calgary, where many commercial flights arrive every day. On the way, you will pass through Banff National Park, where you can see other glacial lakes such as Peyto Lake, Moraine Lake or Lake Louise.

What is the entrance to Emerald Lake?

The trail to Emerald Lake starts at the Bear Lake Trailhead. To get here, drive to the end of Bear Lake Road and park in the large parking lot. This parking lot is very large but you do need to get here early to get a parking space. Ideally, plan on arriving by 7:30 am to get a parking space.

How do you get to the Emerald Lake trail?

The trail to Emerald Lake begins at the Bear Lake Trailhead (driving directions). In the event that parking at Bear Lake is full, you’ll then need to park at the Park & Ride near the Bierstadt Trailhead and take the bus into the trailhead.

Do you need a pass to go to Emerald Lake?

Emerald Lake lies in Yoho National Park, and although this natural sight is free, you need to purchase Discovery Pass to enter the national park. The Discovery Pass costs $140 for a vehicle (up to seven people), or $70 per adult if you are solo traveling the Rockies.

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Is the road to Emerald Lake open?

Emerald Lake Road and Emerald Lake are open. The Trans-Canada Highway is open through Yoho National Park.

Can I swim in Emerald Lake?

Swimming comes highly recommended for the experience, but is not for the faint of heart. The water is cold! The more leisurely delight of having lunch at the lakeside patio does the trick for some, as well. Picnic areas and the Emerald Sports gift shop are also easily found.

Is Emerald Lake busy?

Emerald Lake is always busy in the summer, but you should note the following holidays as it’s even busier. It’s really packed on Canada day when everyone heads to the picnic area for a BBQ in the park.

Is Emerald Lake open in winter?

Winter tires or mud and snow (M+S) tires are required from October 1 to March 31. Emerald Lake Road, located 3 km west of Field, is open year round. The Yoho Valley Road, located 5 km east of Field, is open seasonally from late June until mid-October, weather permitting.

Is there a fee to enter Yoho National Park?

Park admission is free for youth 17 and under. Other fees such as camping and reservation fees still apply for youth.

Entry and Service Fees.

Park Entry: Daily Price
Adult $10.00
Senior $8.40
Youth Free
Family/Group $20.00

Do you have to pay to drive through Banff?

Do I need a pass? All visitors to Banff National Park are required to have a valid National Park Pass, regardless of the mode of travel. Park passes can be purchased online, at the park gates if driving to the park, or in person at the Visitor Center in Banff and Lake Louise.

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