Emerald Lake, British Columbia

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Emerald Lake, British Columbia: Our most recommended tours and activities

Golden: Kicking Horse River Family Rafting Trip with Lunch

1. Golden: Kicking Horse River Family Rafting Trip with Lunch

This fast paced float is our family rafting tour. Suitable for kids as young as 4, and anyone who doesn't want to raft on big whitewater. Meet at our rafting base in Golden, BC. We'll get you into your rafting gear and our bus will drive you to the river. You'll raft 14 km on the calm Upper Canyon of the Kicking Horse River. This trip starts in Yoho National Park and will have you floating through beautiful forests and mountain scenery. There are some splashes, but it's not a big whitewater trip. You have the option to go for a swim if you're feeling up to it and will finish your tour with a riverside BBQ lunch. Choose an item hot off the grill, and from a variety of other snacks and drinks. At the end of your trip, our bus will drive you back to our rafting base where you can get changed and enjoy our hot showers.

Banff: Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour with Lunch

2. Banff: Grizzly Bear Refuge Tour with Lunch

Get picked up from a meeting point at the Mt Royal Hotel in a modern minibus by your friendly guide. Departing from Banff, head to Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park (when access permits), to see Canada's 2nd highest waterfall tumbling 254m (830 feet) in one stretch and 384m (1,260 feet) in total. The falls can be admired from the parking area or from an optional short 0.5km (¹⁄₃ mile) walk on a paved trail from the parking area to the base of the impressive falls. Then, continue on to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort to take an enclosed sightseeing gondola with glass windows. Travel up to 7,700 feet s you admire the panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, the Columbia River Wetlands, and the quaint town of Golden. At the top, enjoy a gourmet lunch from your choice of menu items with a non-alcoholic beverage and dessert at Eagle's Eye restaurant, Canada's highest restaurant. After a leisurely lunch and enjoying the mountain top views, descend back down the sightseeing gondola, and take a 4-person open-chairlift chairlift partway up the mountain to the Grizzly Bear Refuge, the largest enclosed grizzly bear habitat in the world. At the refuge, meet Boo, a bear with paws the size of hubcaps, a mouth full of sharp teeth, and enormous muscles moving beneath his shaggy fur, in his 20-acre habitat in the Rocky Mountain bush. Hear his personal story and learn about grizzly bear behavior from the knowledgeable guide. Watch him explore, hunt, and forage just like his wild cousins. After the tour, descend back down the open-air chairlift and have a brief stop at stunning Emerald Lake on the return journey to Banff. This tour has a guaranteed grizzly bear sighting or your next tour is free.

Icefields Parkway: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

3. Icefields Parkway: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

Discover the incredible Icefields Parkway with this smartphone audio tour between Lake Louise and Jasper. Let your audio guide transform this beautiful scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure. With your phone or tablet at your guide (download instructions found on your confirmation voucher), start from either Jasper or Lake Louise, and end at the other. Enjoy the same tour experience in either direction. Watch as your audio guide point out must-see sights, attractions, breathtaking mountains, and glaciers that you pass along the journey. Learn about the area's early pioneers, animals, geography, and the historical events that led to the highway’s creation. Take in the panoramic views of Lake Hector and Bow Lake, and stop for easy trails in Banff National Park. Explore the Columbia Icefields and the Columbia Icefields Discovery Center. See the majestic Dolomite and Bow Peaks, Mount Amery, Mount Murchison, and Mount Wilson. Take in the gorgeous Sunwapta Falls where the water flows from the melting Athabasca Glacier. Hear about the people and events that made the area famous like Mary Shaffer Warren, Bill Peyto, George Simpson, and the Palliser Expedition. Easily navigate your tour and enjoy entertainment suitable for all ages. Stay laughing and engaged with your friends or family along the way with trivia fun. Hear fun audio clips that play automatically as you drive using a live GPS map. Try out multiple-choice trivia questions about the sights at each point of interest you pass. With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring.

Yoho National Park: Cross Country Ski at Emerald Lake

4. Yoho National Park: Cross Country Ski at Emerald Lake

Meet your instructor at Emerald Lake Lodge to complete an orientation for the day, including waivers and medical forms. Enjoy a lesson on how to Cross Country Ski, this covers falling, getting back up, diagonal stride, turning and stopping on flat terrain. After the lesson put it all together while touring to the back of the Lake, enjoying the mountain splendour. After reaching the back of the Lake, enjoy your lunch before heading back to the trailhead.

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What people are saying about Emerald Lake, British Columbia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 29 reviews

Driving tour worked perfectly giving history & context to what was around us as well as suggestions about places to stop for best views etc. The GPS worked well on my phone without data roaming turned on.

Very informative. It was great to look and listen rather than having my nose in a map trying to figure out what I’m looking at. History of the area was interesting

Super tour! Added so much information and fun to the drive. Very well done, highly recommended

Fun and interesting facts. The whole car got involved with the multiple choice questions.

It was good to hear about different places that we were not aware of.