I’ve been heading out to Banff National Park for years. We tend to take guests, who’ve never been to the area, back to our favourite spots, such as, Lake Louise, Lake Peyto, Johnston Canyon, the list gets longer. Well, we had a day with just ourselves and we decided to explore, and I’m glad we did. We headed off to Emerald Lake in BC, part of Yoho National Park, about a 30 minute drive from Lake Louise. Emerald Lake is definitely worth checking out. Somehow it gives the appearance of being more quaint than most of the popular lakes in Banff. You can rent a canoe and head out on to the lake. A very picturesque spot, likely less busy than Lake Louise too.
On route to Emerald Lake you can stop at Takakkaw Falls, one of the higher falls out in the Rockies. We were told at the tourist office in Canmore that it was the highest falls in western Canada/USA. However, it is fairly far down the list of tallest falls in western Canada. It does rate quite well on the magnitude scale though. Overall, I thought it was worth going to since we were already in the area but I don’t see myself going back again and again.
Spiral Tunnels, BC are something that train buffs will want to check out. It is something that will be of more intereste to people who are more interested in trains and engineering. Others may not find it so interesting.
Natural Bridge, just outside of Field, BC is another natural phenomenam. I would not drive out of my way to take it in but if you are heading out to Emerald Lake anyway then it is worth the extra few minutes it takes to check it out.