17 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Pyramid Lake in Winter

Located 15 minutes from downtown Jasper the beautiful Pyramid Lake is tucked away on but well worth the trip in any season.  Located at the foot of Pyramid Mountain, Pyramid Lake is 1.2 square km in the area.  It is well known for its island in the lake that is connected by a wooden foot bridge that takes you onto the island to offer incredible views.

During the winter months Pyramid Lake freezes over and offers a wide variety of things to do during your visit. From skating, cross-country skiing, curling, snow-shoeing and sleigh rides are just some of the many things you can do at the beautiful hidden gem found in Jasper National Park. Playing a game of pond hockey with the beautiful mountain range in the background does not get more Canadian than that.  Make sure to take a walk over to Pyramid Lake Island the view of the island from anywhere around the lake is breathtaking especially as you walk across the bridge.  If you are in need of some warming up the be sure to pop into the Resort and have some incredible food.

If you have made the trek up the Ice Fields Parkway in the winter then this stop at Pyramid Lake should be a must do on your list during your visit to Jasper National Park.

Here are 14 photos that will inspire your to visit Pyramid Lake in Winter in the beautiful Jasper National Park.

Nicole over looking the Pyramid Lake on the bridge out to the Pyramid Lake Island in Jasper, Ontario. Hockey nets sit on the empty Pyramid Lake early in the morning in Jasper National Park during winter. Frozen whiskers on one of the horses that pull the sleds for tours at Pyramid Lake in Jasper National Park. Sled rides outside of Pyramid Lake Lodge during the winter in Jasper National Park. Sled rides being offered in Pyramid Lake outside of Jasper National Park. The bridge leading to Pyramid Lake Island at over Pyramid Lake in Jasper National Park. Beautiful frozen Pyramid Lake

Visiting Athabasca Falls in WInter

As you head north on the Icefields Parkway do not forget to stop at the beautiful Athabasca Falls! The most powerful of all the waterfalls in the Canadian Rockies although not the largest they are quite the sight to see!  In the winter if you are lucky the falls will not be quite frozen and you will have the opportunity to see the beautiful turquoise water that flows over the rocks.  You can see the Athabasca River as you drive along the Icefields Parkway which all funnels through the three metre canyon.   As we drove up the Icefields Parkway we ensured to pull off at the stop off and walk the short distance to see this incredible sight.

Getting to Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls is located 33 km south of Jasper just of Highway 93A.  There is pull off that is well marked with plenty of free parking.  Depending on how recently the snow has fallen the parking lot may not have been ploughed so drive in four-wheel drive if possible is ideal.


Seeing Athabasca Falls Close Up

In the winter one of the biggest perks about visiting Athabasca Falls is that you can walk almost right up to the roaring falls!  The Athabasca River freezes over the course of the winter allowing you to walk out onto the river and right up into the canyon where the falls are located.  It is quite the sight to see the falls right from the base of where the water is coming out.  Make sure to take a good listen as you can hear the water rushing underneath the frozen ice!  Make sure to be careful though while walking on the ice as some areas may not be as thick as others especially close to the open water.

Entrance to see the frozen falls. Ice bubbles forming at the bottom of the pool in Athabasca Falls. Water flowing through Athabasca Falls along the Icefields Parkway.

Staying at Emerald Lake Lodge

Emerald Lake Lodge is one of those iconic Canadian sites that many people know by photos but not by name.  If you don’t detour off the Trans Canada Highway you will miss this beautiful lodge and its quintessential Canadian views entirely!  Not as popular or as well known as its cousins Lake Louise or Moraine Lake, Emerald Lake and the surrounding area have as much to give and offer less traffic and tourists.

Emerald Lake Lodge sign snow covered during a winter storm.

How To Get to Emerald Lake Lodge

Getting to Emerald Lake Lodge is not hard but you have to know where you are going to get here.  Located roughly ten kilometers off the Trans Canada Highway near Field, British Columbia down a winding, well-maintained highway in all seasons you will find the lodge sitting on a peninsula jutting into Emerald Lake.

If you are visiting just for the day there is day parking located just in front of the bridge that takes you onto the peninsula where the lodge is located.  If you are staying at the lodge overnight you must park about 500m back down the winding road you came in on at a sign marked ‘Overnight Guest Parking’.  Here you can park anywhere in the parking lot and then walk up to the shuttle hut where you can call for a shuttle from the lodge to come pick you and your luggage up to take you up to the main building for check-in.  The shuttle services runs 24 hours a day.

The snow covered road into Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park.

The Rooms at Emerald Lake Lodge

We checked in to a Lake View Room that offered a beautiful sitting area with the wood burning stone fireplace and a private balcony that overlooked Emerald Lake.  The rooms are located in multiple lodges around the peninsula some with quite a bit of stairs to get to your cabin and then up to your room if you are not located on the main floor.  Our room had a great view of the frozen, snow covered Emerald Lake with two chairs that would be great to sit on in the summer time and enjoy the quiet surroundings of the mountains.

Nicole taking a photo at Emerald Lake Lodge during their winter stay in Yoho National Park. The cozy room at Emerald Lake Lodge. The chairs and fireplace at Emerald Lake Lodge. The cozy bed at Emerald Lake Lodge. The bathroom at Emerald Lake Lodge. The room and Chris taking a picture of it at Emerald Lake Lodge.

Things to Know for your Stay at Emerald Lake Lodge

A few things that we found out during our stay at Emerald Lake Lodge that we wanted to share with others to help your stay!

  • There is no wifi around the property only in the main building.  Additional to that service is very limited at Emerald Lake Lodge and we have no service until we were on the TransCanada Highway for quite sometime.  Take this time to disconnect from social media and enjoy a good book or the beautiful surroundings outside.
  • There is no TV in your room either so make sure to bring a good book or something to do during your downtime.
  • The rooms can be very cold at night during the winter!! Our room was quite cold upon arrival and with only floorboard heaters to heat your room your room may never be as toasty as you want it to be.  It was -30 degrees Celsius out and very cold but the heaters could only get the room up to about 15-16 degrees.  Thankfully the wood burning fireplace was the perfect addition to the room to get our room toasty but for safety you cannot run that throughout the night.  If you run cold make sure to ask for an extra blanket or two or even a space heater which they have a few of at the front desk.

The wood burning fireplace at Emerald Lake Lodge that heats the room during the winter months.

Things to do at Emerald Lake Lodge

No matter the season there is plenty to do at Emerald Lake Lodge!

One of our favourite things to do was explore the property including walking around the frozen lake and take in the breathtaking view of the mountains.  Make sure to walk back across the bridge and take in the view of the lodge from the mainland.  You can rent snowshoes or cross country skis from Emerald Sports located at the base of the lake at the end of the bridge.

Exploring the snow covered property at Emerald Lake Lodge. One of the beautiful log cabins at Emerald Lake Lodge. Views onto the beautiful lake at Emerald Lake Lodge. View towards the island at Emerald Lake Lodge. Emerald Lake Lodge restaurant sitting on the frozen lake. Beautiful frozen lake with the mountains in the background. The bridge heading to Emerald Lake Lodge. Snow covered path on the trails that wind through the beautiful property of Emerald Lake Lodge. Emerald Lake Lodge reflecting into the unfrozen water. Chris taking a photo of the snow covered pine trees at Emerald Lake Lodge. Emerald Lake Lodge iconic photo. Warm cozy inviting log cabin at Emerald Lake Lodge.

Head over to the Natural Bridge located on your way back down the winding road towards the Trans Canada Highway.  Upon first glance in the winter the Natural Bridge almost completely dissappears into the snow.  But if you walk the path to the end to the viewing point you can hear the water gugrling under the frozen ice and see the bridge formation.  If you visit at the right rime in the winter you can even visit the Natural Bridge from the riverbed beneath.

Have a meal in the Mount Burgess Dining Room with spectacular views and food to match it you it is the perfect way to unwind from a busy day outside or a relaxing day inside.  The seasonal menu offers dishes with regional ingredients that is best paired with their wine list.

Treat yourself after a busy day to a sauna and hot tub.  It is the perfect way to unwind and warm up after a chilly day in the Rockies.

Lastly, one of our favourite ways to end the day is sitting in front of the fireplace watching the fire slowly fade into the last embers before you head to sleep.

2017 Canada 150th Birthday Bucket List

2017 means a new year filled with new adventures and possibilities as well as marks the year of Canada 150th Birthday! This year we will be focusing on our travels within Canada as our beautiful country celebrates its 150th birthday and all of the parks, national historic sites and national marine sites are free to the public.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday admission to all Parks Canada places will be free for the entirety of 2017.  In order to gain free admission to the parks you must order your free parks pass by ordering their 2017 Discovery Pass (free of charge) here: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/admission.aspx

With 47 national parks, 171 national historic sites and 4 national marine conservation areas there is so much to discover from coast to coast.  We plan on attempting to explore as many of these national parks and historic sites before the end of 2017. Below is our bucket list items to celebrate Canada 150th birthday broken down by province.

*Note: Each of the site links will not be clickable until we have visited the site and written a blog post on it! If there is a road symbol next to it its still on our bucket list.  You can tell we have visited the site when there is a check next to it!

 During 2017 for Canada 150th Birthday we have visited 8/47 National Parks, 20/171 National Historic Sites & 1/4 National Marine sites so far. 
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