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Summer Activities

Hiking, Rock Climbing and Day Tours
The Burgess Shale Hike is one of the most unique and memorable hikes you will ever experience – this is an opportunity to be up close with the world’s most significant fossils! Learn more in the Burgess Shale 2012 Guided Hike Fact Sheet.

Explore the second highest waterfall in Canada – Takakkaw Falls – along with the beauty of Lake O’Hara, the Natural Bridge, or the Spiral Tunnels (the historic CPR train track that tunnels through nearby mountains.) Learn more about rock climbing in Field.

We can also arrange guides through Parks Canada or provide maps and directions. The surrounding mountains and wilderness offer something for every level of hiking/mountaineering experience and fitness.

Area Hikes
Please ask our front desk at check-in if there are currently any guided hikes being offered. Parks Canada is a great resource for guided hikes as well. Visit Parks Canada website for more information.

Learn More about hiking in the Canadian Rockies.
For those who love mountain biking-learn more here!

Mountain Biking
Countless mountain bike trails and road riding options are available in Banff and Lake Louise. Biking is an excellent way to explore this very special place. Trails range from easy to difficult and biking season typically extends from May to October. Click here for mountain bike rental information.

  • For great bike trails info, pics and descriptions, visit www.bikepirate.com
  • Looking for a fun app for your mobile phone that will help you keep track of your runs or biking? Try Runtastic.

White Water Rafting
White water rafting down the Kicking Horse River – exhilarating and wet! Ask about the variety of outfitters available.


The nearby boathouse, Emerald Sports, rents canoes and accessories to our guests – an ideal way to fully appreciate the beauty and tranquility of Emerald Lake and the magnificent Mount Burgess towering overhead.

Fishing is available at Emerald Lake from July 1 – October 31 (please note: permits are required). Other nearby fishing holes include: Wapta Lake, Ross Lake, Moraine Lake, Kicking Horse River and fly fishing in Golden.


Winter Activities

Looking for something truly unique and magical to do this winter?

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
There are dozens of trails – old and new – located around Emerald Lake that are marked and mapped. Ski rentals and instruction are available.

Learn more about cross country skiing in the Rockies

For information about ski and snowshoe rentals, hours of operation and more, visit Kicking Horse Ski Club and Emerald Sports & Gifts.


Downhill Skiing

The Canadian Rocky Mountains are home to some of the best skiing in North America, consistently ranked alongside Whistler/Blackcomb and Vail/Aspen. Nearby ski resorts include: Lake LouiseSunshine VillageMount Norquay and Kicking Horse. The spectacular Revelstoke Resort is another 2.5 hours west.

Ice Skating
A portion of Emerald Lake near Cilantro is cleared for ice skating. Guests must bring their own skates for ice skating.

Please note: Due to mild weather conditions, it has not been possible to prepare a safe skating rink. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience caused and thank all our guests for being so understanding in this regard and for recognizing that we are at the mercy of Mother Nature.

Other Winter Activities a Short Drive Away from Emerald Lake Lodge
In nearby Golden, Lake Louise, Banff, and Canmore, there are other winter activities available, including: