The Des­ti­na­tion

How to take ad­van­tage of our na­tional parks.

Vancouver Magazine - - Contents - Yoho Na­tional Park Emer­ald Lake Tyee Bridge

Emer­ald Lake is gen­er­ally over­run with sum­mer tourist buses, but it’s worth the stop for the view of its un­earthly elec­tric turquoise wa­ter sur­rounded by the Rock­ies. We pulled in on a hot Au­gust day, ate a pic­nic lunch while wait­ing an hour for our ca­noe rental, and then pad­dled out onto the lake with our four-year-old son. At the far end we beached our ca­noe on the lime­stone duff that gives the lake its colour and stripped down for a (very) quick fam­ily dip. A clas­sic sum­mer va­ca­tion high­light, with pic­tures that will never ap­pear on Face­book.—

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