Lake Louise

Winter Escape To Emerald Lake

Escaping for a few days has been on our mind for awhile lately. We’ve been doing our best at self isolating and restricting our visits out. But I’ve gotta say our mental health needed some clarity. We packed up the kids and Macy and drove to Emerald Lake Lodge. It has become one of our most loved places because it is also very isolated. There is little to no service, so our phones are off and our minds are also disconnected. It honestly feels so good.

This time we had met our friends and their kids there to spend three nights together hanging out and exploring. Let’s just say for as secluded it is here, there are a lot of fun things around that are great for social distancing. I’m here to share with you seven really great fun family things to do while staying at Emerald Lake Lodge! We will be sure to be back again. It’s honestly addicting to visit and disconnect!

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Lake Louise & Lake Moraine

Two favourite and very popular places to visit in Banff National Park. We’ve been to Lake Louise a few times now and each time we go it never gets old. It’s a classic spot that we love to visit every time we’re in Banff. Now Lake Moraine on the other hand, this was our first time visiting here. Once before it was wayyyy to busy for us to even try and another time was mid-Winter so the road was closed off.

Both of these beautiful lakes are pretty near each other so if you get the chance to visit one chances are you have enough time to get to the other. Once you arrive to Lake Louise there are so many signs pointing you in the right direction that you can’t miss either!

Lake Louise

Yes, we’ve been here about 5 times now. It never gets old. We’ve been in the Summer, Fall and Winter. Winter is my absolute favourite time in Banff so this is another reason why. But I found that this year visiting in Fall it was a sight to see with all the Fall colours taking over.

It’s busy, all the time. I feel like Fall you may be hitting a better time to visit because it’s a smidge less busy. You can rent canoes and in Winter time when the lake is frozen over you can rent skates. It’s open basically all year round!

Lake Louise Fairmont is also located right on the grounds. Visitor’s can look around grab a bite to eat and explore a little bit. There are also a few hiking trails nearby if you’re an eager hiking.

Lake Moraine

Alright, so just down the road from Lake Louise is Lake Moraines road to travel. It takes a solid 15-20 minutes to travel. Not an overly crazy road but I will mention that parking fills up pretty quickly so either decide early morning or late afternoon on your visit. We went late afternoon and snagged a close spot to walk.

We also suggest packing clothes in your car for all kinds of weather. We left and it was a beautiful sunny day by the time we arrived to Lake Moraine it was pouring rain! Which is why we opted out of climbing the rocks for the view. There is more to see than just on the beach here but with two little ones in the rain, we decided it probably wasn’t the best of ideas!

Either way we managed to mark this location off our bucket list and enjoy the views just as they were. Such a gorgeous spot to be!

Keisha Lynne, xx

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