Emerald Lake Lodge Part II

After our delicious breakfast in the lodge and a quick peak around indoors, the Emerald Lake was calling for us.

Rustic lodge

Inside Emerald Lake Lodge – January 2017

Rustic lodge

The Lodge – January 2017

Rustic lodge

The fireplace at the Lodge – January 2017

Bison head

Upstairs inside the lodge – January 2017

The bar upstairs – January 2017

Billiards table

The billiards table upstairs – January 2017

We donned our best winter gear, and made for the snow! Check out these Sorel’s, my favourite warm and stylish winter boots. We followed along a well-used snowshoe trail to Peaceful Pond, and then continued onwards to the main lake. The trail had the deepest snow I had ever witnessed, and oh, it was such fun. This is the kind of place that people think of when they think of Canada, and I certainly felt more at home than ever.

Yoho National Park

The ski rental building and shop on the edge of Emerald Lake – January 2017

Yoho National Park

Winter at the lake – January 2017

Yoho National Park

A walking path in the forest – January 2017

Winter wonderland

Following the snowshoe trail – Emerald Lake January 2017

We reached the edge of the tree line, a quiet corner of Emerald Lake. I had never walked out on a frozen body of water before, but we could see many cross-country skiing trails and figured it wouldn’t hurt to venture off shore. I had never experienced such a sense of peace as I did in that moment on the lake. If the snow was falling, you could have heard it. My ears wrung from the blood pumping through my veins amidst the silence. I felt truly at home in the world. If you need to find rest, this is the place for you.

Emerald Lake

Standing on Emerald Lake – January 2017

Emerald Lake

Staring across the lake – January 2017

Snowy mountains

Surrounded by mountains – January 2017

Returning to the lodge to warm up, our eyes immediately fell on the Rocky Mountain Charcuterie Platter. Ordering one right away with some drinks, we settled in. The different types of Canadian meat delighted our tastebuds and filled us up.

Emerald Lake Lodge

Emerald Lake Lodge – January 2017

Kicking horse lounge

The kicking horse lounge at the lodge – January 2017

Kicking horse lounge

The kicking horse lounge at the lodge – January 2017

punch

Emerald Lake Punch – January 2017

charcuterie

Charcuterie – January 2017

charcuterie

It’s delicious! – January 2017

Later that evening, all we needed was a quick soup and salad (and maybe snuck a bag of Miss Vickie’s Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar chips).

hot chocolate

The chocolate forest – January 2017

salad

Caesar salad – January 2017

soup

Soup at the lodge – January 2017

mountain lake in winter

The view from the lodge – January 2017

The fireplace in our room was just begging to be lit that evening, so once the sun set, we cozied up and settled in, enjoying a good old-fashioned evening of both reading and telling stories around the fire. No wi-fi here, folks!

firewood

Firewood ready in our room – January 2017

Fireplace

The fire in our room – January 2017

We had been a little disappointed that the outdoor hot tub had been closed during our stay, but we had so much to do (and not do) that we didn’t miss it. It was snowing on the second morning, and although we were excited  head out on our next adventure, we couldn’t leave without a couple more photos in front of the beautiful lake.

Snowy mountain

A wintery view – January 2017

Mountain snow

Derek saying goodbye to all the snow – January 2017

Winter wear snow

Bundled up for another winter adventure – January 2017

If anyone is looking for a beautiful place to stay in the Rockies, I would highly recommend this place over the much more touristic Lake Louise. I loved Emerald Lake Lodge, and I’m sure you will too!

Canadian winter

Derek and I at Emerald Lake – January 2017

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