In 2018, when I was working in Barcelona as an event coordinator, I really enjoyed quiet nights in my small apartment in the neighbourhood of El Raval. Bobby and I were still in long distance and I usually liked to spend some weeknights alone doing something that felt resting. So I took on to do way more puzzles. And amongst all the puzzles I did, I had this very beautiful one of Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park. I remember dreaming of going there one day.
Well, 2020 has not been too bad since I was lucky to finally go there ! I was scared I might be disappointed since I had spent so much time focusing on all the small details of the picture. But I quickly figured out Yoho and Emerald Lake are the kind of places that stun you the second you lay your eyes on it.
We had slept not too far from the road to the Lake so we could go early in the morning. By 6am we were in the parking lot of Emerald Lake. The loop around the lake is only 5 kms and is heavily trafficked. So not only did we go early (and saw almost nobody) but we also took another trail called Emerald Basin (4kms) to stay even more away from crowds. It’s a total of 9kms out-and-back trail that we really loved.
The early light on the lake was incredible.
Emerald basin is short (4 kms round trip) and a little bit steep (225m elevation gain) through the forrest and up a lateral moraine to a hydrological basin and avalanche area. Its a natural amphitheater basically. And we saw tons of beautiful wildflowers too.
When we got back down, the colour of the lake had changed. I preferred the views in the morning but it was still so incredibly beautiful.
After spending well half the day in Emerald lake vicinity, we headed towards Wapta Falls. They’re the highest falls on the Kicking Horse River (30m high) and they are so mighty people were getting soaked up from standing next to it.
Coco, Bobby, Nola and Vanito!
COPYRIGHT: All pictures belong to Fanny Cohen Sanchez, @fannychn on Instagram, Three Times Nine 2020.