Two weeks ago, my wife and I visited Emerald Lake Lodge, one of the hidden gems of Yoho National Park. Located about 20 minutes West of Lake Louise near Field, BC, the historic Lodge graces the edge of beautiful Emerald Lake.

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We had stayed at the Lodge in the winter time close to ten years ago as young married’s and since then, it hasn’t lost any of its almost magical qualities or charm. The main lodge, built in 1902 from hand-hewn timbers is surrounded by romantic cabins complete with balconies, wood-burning fireplaces and beds more comfortable than any I’ve ever experienced at a hotel. Whether looking out from your room, the dining room at the main lodge or the lake-view outdoor hot tub, the breathtaking views over the lake are second to none with the majestic Rocky Mountains as a backdrop.

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The cuisine offered from the dining room is nicely presented and very tastefully prepared. Dinner selections are based largely on various types of game and the next morning’s breakfast buffet offers a wide selection with something for every taste.

A pathway around the lake makes for a nice walk at around 5 km with additional trails branching off from it for the more avid hiker. Various wildlife can be seen throughout the area and the natural beauty of the area abounds everywhere.

One of the nicest things about staying at the Lodge is that the rooms do not have televisions and there is no cell phone service in the area whatsoever. I left my Blackberry in my suitcase and was very shortly glad to forget all about it. We spent our stay with no distractions, enjoying each other, the great service of the Lodge’s staff and the beauty around us.

The Emerald Lake Lodge is definitely a place that we’ll visit again and again throughout the years to come.

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