Relaxing at Emerald Lake and the Natural Bridge


As we were driving back to our hotel from one of our many excursions in Banff, Luke and I randomly decided to pull off on the side of the road to explore an area called Natural Bridge.

Natural Bridge wasn’t one of the stereotypical items on any of the “Banff Bucket List” types of articles we had read before visiting, but it was convenient to get to so we thought, hey, why not?

As it turns out, Natural Bridge is a rock formation spanning across the Kicking Horse River in Field, BC that once used to be a waterfall.

In addition to offering an impressive view of the Kicking Horse River, the Natural Bridge site can be viewed from several different vantage points.  Naturally, the three of us had to explore them all!

Just down the road from Natural Bridge is the beautiful (and appropriately named) Emerald Lake.

There are hiking trails around Emerald Lake, one of which leads to a waterfall, as well as a place to rent canoes.

After coming back from one of our hikes one evening, Patronus met a Beagle puppy as I was walking him down near the canoe rental area.  The two hit it off and enjoyed running, pouncing at one another, and playing the tangled leash game.

Unfortunately, Luke and I didn’t have as much time to explore the grounds at Emerald Lake as we would have wanted, but the time we did spend mostly involved taking in the lake views while walking Patronus, relaxing in the hot tub at the lodge, or plunging into the icy cold water.

Okay, I was the only person dumb enough to do that.  But are you even a little bit surprised?

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