After an unplanned night of sleeping in the truck since all the campsites in Yoho National Park were full - I didn't exactly set out on this walk with the most open minded of dispositions. Never the less, the walk around Emerald Lake absolutely blew me away. No ordinary walk around a lake, the 5.2 kilometers are packed with varying environments and amazing views. There's little to no elevation gain, but lots to stop and gawk at along the way - I would recommend leaving yourself at least 3 hours to explore the loop.
We set off on the trail to the left, away from the lodge and on the way back took the fork to wander through it. If you're interested in checking out the property - this was a great route and now I'm totally dreaming of staying there. If you're up for a longer hike, at the far end of the lake, a spur trail leads up to Emerald Basin - a route I'll be exploring on my next visit.