I love photographing weddings and elopements at Emerald Lake Lodge located in Yoho National Park in British Columbia. It is simply a magical place and gorgeous in every season. The emerald colour of the lake is stunning and no place quite creates a winter wonderland that compares to the beauty of Emerald Lake in winter.
There are 3 spaces that you can book for your wedding reception;
Cilantro on the Lake accommodates up to 56 people
The President's room accommodates up to 24 people
The Vice President's room accommodates up to 88 people
If you are inviting a larger group another option is to "Rent your Own Island" and have exclusive access to the lodge which can accommodate up to 120 people.
If you are planning on having a True Elopement with just the two of you in attendance then Emerald Lake Lodge offers an incredible Elopement Package that makes it really easy.
At the bottom of this post I'm sharing my top tips for making the most out of your visit to Emerald Lake Lodge.
This is cilantro by the lake. In the summer it is a restaurant with a wonderful patio to eat outside and it can also be booked privately for weddings in summer or winter. It accommodates 56 guests. You can get married outside on the patio as you see set up here or have a private ceremony inside Cilantro in the case of bad weather. There's a woodburning fireplace.
Here's a peek inside Cilantro set up for a wedding ceremony.
Another option for your ceremony is the Viewpoint shown above and below.
The main lodge
The Yoho Lounge on the second floor of the main lodge is often used for cocktail hour and as a backup location for wedding ceremonies when the weather isn't cooperating.
The President's Room shown below can accommodate up to 24 guests for a private wedding reception.
The Vice President's room shown below with the standard lodge chairs and linens provided accommodates up to 88 people.
Below is the Vice President's room set up with decor design by Signature Weddings by Ashley and flowers by Willow Flower Co.
You can rent canoes from Emerald Sports & Gifts in the summer and cross country skis in the winter. They are located on the lakeshore. They are a separate business from Emerald Lake Lodge. Their Field Cross Country ski team raises money to trackset cross country ski trails across the frozen lake and trailside.
The Point Cabin at Emerald Lake Lodge is the perfect honeymoon suite with a woodburning fireplace and stunning views.
Emerald Lake Lodge is located on a small island that is connected by a bridge in Yoho National Park next to Field, British Columbia. You park further down the road and leave your car behind as you are shuttled across the bridge to Emerald Lake Lodge. You and your luggage will be shuttled up to the main lodge and you will leave your car behind, therefore, I highly recommend that you pack with that in mind...consolidate your packing to as few bags as possible. The lodge runs independently with the use of it's own generator. There is no cellphone service which makes it a relaxing unplugged mountain retreat. It used to be that you couldn't get wifi which was a favourite feature of mine because it meant you could truly unplug and relax but now there is wifi available in the main lodge but the cabin rooms are still thankfully wifi free. There are wood burning fireplaces in every room which is a cozy and romantic feature. There are no tvs in the rooms so come prepared with that book you've been wanting to read, board games or finally finish that scarf you have been knitting. The main lodge has a bar, lounge, dining hall with a big billiards table and tv upstairs.
Cozy cabins where you and your guests stay. Every cabin has a woodburning fireplace.
There's an outdoor hot tub that can be enjoyed year round.
The beautiful Natural Bridge is just a 7 minute drive from Emerald Lake Lodge.
I love that guests can enjoy scotch & s'mores on the patio of Cilantro.
MY TOP TIPS FOR A GREAT STAY AT EMERALD LAKE LODGE
- When you arrive at Emerald Lake Lodge you will park your car in the Emerald Lake Lodge overnight parking lot and leave your car there for the duration of your stay. You and your luggage will be shuttled up to the main lodge, therefore, I highly recommend that you pack with that in mind...consolidate your packing to as few bags as possible. If you are someone who is used to living out of your car during a stay you'll want to prepare your packing differently.
- There is thankfully no WiFi or TVs in any of the cabins which makes it the perfect unplugged retreat. Come prepared with books you've been wanting to read, the sketchbook you've wanted to fill, board games and cards to play, and the knitting you meant to finish to entertain yourself in front of the fire.
- There are fireplaces in every room which is my favourite way to spend the evening sitting by the fire. The fireplaces come pre-stocked with kindling and paper and matches so you have everything to start a fire easily. It is important to make sure that the flue for the chimney is open otherwise when you start your fire the smoke will have no where to go and you will fill your room with smoke. If you are unsure about how to do this definitely call the front desk before starting your fire and they can send a woodsman to assist or provide instruction over the phone.
- There are no fridges in the room. Often when couples order a cheese plate or have leftover cake from their elopement they think to store it outside on the deck to keep it fresh. The pine martens and stellar jay birds have all figured this out too and will definitely eat any and all food that you store on your deck.
- Due to demand WiFi was recently installed in the main lodge much to my disappointment. But do be aware that it is "mountain WiFi" sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It is pretty slow and not the best for uploading photos. If you are getting married at the lodge don't leave any of the work that requires WiFi until you get to the lodge. If you are a guest I can say as a fellow guest it is really annoying when others FaceTime in the main lodge loudly. When you plan a trip to Emerald Lake Lodge plan an unplugged retreat and you'll be surprised at the peace and quiet it can bring.