Emerald Lake Lodge
Legendary mountain guide Tom Wilson first discovered Emerald Lake in 1882 during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The CPR built the original guest lodge in 1902. By the mid-1920s the lodge had been expanded and road improvements made it possible to reach the resort by car.
Since then, the Canadian Government has permitted no additional development. Now the area remains one of Canada's most outstanding year-round accessible wilderness settings. Following extensive renovations in 1986, Emerald Lake Lodge re-opened as an exclusive year-round vacation and business destination. The historic Lodge remains the heart of the resort, which is located in Yoho National Park, just 25 miles west of Lake Louise.
Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, the Lodge includes a formal dining room, quiet reading and sitting rooms, conference facilities and a games room. The lounge is enhanced by an oak bar salvaged from an 1890s Yukon saloon. From upper or lower large verandahs, the visions nature presents are as fresh and breath-taking as ever. As in the past, Emerald Lake proudly welcomes those in search of the extraordinary.
There are no televisions and no internet access in any of the rooms, and no mobile phone reception in the entire area of Yoho National Park. There is a television, as well as internet access, in the Games Room in the main lodge.
Restaurants and Bars.
In our dining room, lounge and bar you can sample Rocky Mountain Cuisine, the roots of which go back to both the lavish Victorian cooking from the CPR rail cars and the hearty meats prepared by Swiss and Austrian mountain guides.
All dishes are artfully presented and professionally served. Our wine list is extensive and features many award winning Canadian wines from central British Columbia, and includes a large selection of hard to find vintners' reserve wines. Our wine list received the coveted Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence” in 2004 and boasts over 400 outstanding local and international selections. Pictured Left: the Mount Burgess Dining Room.
The separate building Cilantro on the Lake is used as a conference facility in the winter months and as a restaurant with outdoor seating in the summer.
Below: An Emerald Lake Lodge Room. Upgrades are available for a supplement to Lake Rooms or Suites.