EMERALD LAKE, YOHO NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA: In 1882 veteran European explorer Tom Wilson was led to this awe-inspiring lake nestled between the Rockies by his wayward horses. The gleaming emerald-green waters, result of fine particles of glacial sediment, left him transfixed “For a few moments I sat [on] my horse and enjoyed the rare, peaceful beauty of the scene.”
Emerald Lake, the largest of Yoho’s 61 lakes and ponds and protected by President Range, Mount Burgess and Wapta Mountains, is a premier tourist attraction. We were on our way to Kelowna from Calgary and the stop, just 20 minutes west of Lake Louise, was an intoxicating smorgasbord of surreal green and blue and fresh mountain air.
For me a flashback to China with busloads of Chinese tourists following their flag waving Guides around.