365 Canadian Sights | Day 293: Emerald Lake (Yukon)

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The Rocky Mountains don’t have a lock on amazingly coloured lakes and beautiful mountain vistas.

The second Emerald Lake on this list, the Yukon version is nearly as stunning as the southern version, especially with some shallow points that really make the colour pop.

Surprisingly, to me at least, this is an incredibly easy place to get to, if you’re n the Yukon, with a highway running along a shore and viewpoint pull-out area set up to allow for photos. Proof, in other words, that not every sight in the northern parts of this country are inaccessible to all but the most skilled hikers and climbers.

Like other lakes with these sorts of hues, it’s caused by the chemicals in it, naturally occurring clays being a big part of that.

The only downside with this one is that when it freezes and is covered with snow, the colour disappears; and with its location being farther north, that’s a good chunk of the year.


Off the top, this is one you need a car for. However, when it comes to sights in the north, this is about as easy as it gets. Located just south of Whitehorse (relatively speaking) this Emerald Lake is right next to the highway between Carcross and the territory’s capital. It’s only about 40 minutes from Whitehorse, in fact, which makes it a great stop on the way into the city, or a good little day trip.

Despite being a little was from Whitehorse, TripAdvisor includes it in that region, and it does alright upagainst the political centre’s historic and manmade sights. Oddly, it’s not currently in any sort of park, so there isn’t really an official website for it.

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Get lost in the stunning green waters of Emerald Lake, located just outside of Whitehorse, Yukon. You can catch a glimpse of this aptly-named lake as you drive by on the highway that leads to Carcross. To see its amazing green colour, plan a visit from July through October while the lake is ice-free. #ExploreCanada 📷: @johnrosano5 📍: @TravelYukon . Laissez-vous envoûter par les splendides eaux turquoise du lac Emerald, à proximité de Whitehorse, au Yukon. Vous pourrez apercevoir le lac en parcourant la route qui mène à Carcross. Pour le voir dans ses magnifiques teintes d’émeraude, planifiez de venir entre juillet et octobre, période où le lac est exempt de glace. #ExploreCanada 📷 : @johnrosano5 📍 : @travelyukon #ExploreYukon

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