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