I asked my dear, well-traveled friend where SHE would stay in the Canadian Rockies, “Oh, you must stay at Emerald Lake Lodge!” Her suggestion was golden- I’m SO thankful for her advice.
Emerald Lake Lodge is nestled in between the stately mountains of Yoho National Park, just outside of Field, British Columbia. The drive from Calgary airport took about 2 hours. There is no parking at the lodge, overnight guests have to take a shuttle that is over 1/2 mile from the lodges.
The resort is a cluster of cabins, along with the main lodge and other outbuildings. I haven’t felt so far away from civility since visiting the Australian Outback in my teens. This is just the place to get away from the cares and affairs of day-to-day life.
Our room was a king bed lake view. I was a little nervous after reading some of the reviews online, but overall I was quite happy with the room. The king bed was comfortable and the bedding was luxe. The in-room wood-burning fireplace was romantic. The lake view balcony would have been much better served in warmer weather, but added to the value. We talked about how if we were here in summer we’d probably just sit on the deck all day. There are no TVs or wifi in the room. (The room also had ear plugs in it’s amenity kit so YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT YOU WILL). 😉
Yes, the outside of the cottages and some of the landscaping and decking could have been improved (which is what you’ll find lots of on TripAdvisor). Absolutely. However, I’d say your paying for the seclusion and service- not perfection. The weather here is harsh (we experienced some of that), so I can see why the cabins don’t look perfect.
The main lodge houses Kicking Horse Lounge and the Mount Burgess dining room. After arrival, we had dinner in the Kicking Horse lounge. The serving sizes were large and the food was tasty. My husband had the bison burger and really enjoyed it. There is a full bar service.
A breakfast buffet takes place in the Mount Burgess dining room. It is not included in the cost. We decided to just order our items off of the menu.
I did think things were a little pricey, BUT understanding the views and the serenity, you see why they can charge top dollar (think $4 for a cup of coffee! We’re not in Ohio anymore, Toto).
There’s also Cilantro on the Lake, which was not open during our stay. This is the building pictured above that was right on the lake.
Out and about-
There’s numerous hiking possibilities throughout the resort and Yoho National Park. The Natural Bridge area is just a short drive away. The grounds also have a fitness center and outdoor hot tub. The view from the hot tub isn’t too shabby:
In reality, if I could do my honeymoon over again (i.e. if I could have afforded this at age 20, lol), then this is where I would come. Secluded. Romantic. Inspiring. The fog made it a a little swoon-worthy. Men, bring your lady here, she will LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER, AMEN.
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