Exploring Yoho National Park | Emerald Lake Elopement Photographer
Adventures on the Kicking Horse River and Lake O’Hara
I love how many people want to elope in Banff and the Canadian Rockies, we honestly have it all! Yes, of course that also means there’s no lack of tourists…but that’s why I spend my free time scouting new + off the beaten path locations for my clients. If you haven’t heard of it already, Yoho National Park is the quieter cousin of Banff, but man does it pack a punch! It’s 110% worth the little bit of extra time and work to visit, believe me! Keep scrolling for some inspiration when planning your Emerald Lake Elopement or intimate wedding at the Lake O’Hara Lodge!
Our friend Cody came out for a visit in the fall, and we spent a few days exploring Yoho! Our first adventure was white water rafting the Kicking Horse River. I won’t lie, I spent the day in Golden getting some work done and drinking warm hot chocolate. 😉 But the guys were brave enough to hop in the river and Hydra River Guides didn’t disappoint! On our way home we visited one of my favorite places. Hollllllly moly, Emerald Lake blows me away every time! In the summer, canoe across the brightest blue water you’ve ever seen. In the winter, snuggle up by the fire…each cabin has it’s own wood burning fireplace! Emerald Lake elopements are made sooooo easy by their all-inclusive elopement collections.
Cody had been dreaming of hiking Lake O’Hara and wahooooo we made it happen! Lake O’Hara is special in that Parks Canada limits the number of visitors allowed on a daily basis. The mountains surrounding the lakes + lodge are migration routes for animals such as mountain goats, wolverines, grizzly bears, elk and moose and a group of organizations does everything they can to protect their natural habitat! We weren’t organized enough to book a bus ticket 2+ months prior, which meant our day started with an 11 km hike…to get to the start of the trail. Plan your wedding at the 16-person lodge and transportation is included, don’t worry! 😉 Our early morning warm-up was totally worth it, though! We stopped for lunch across from the ranger station then followed a series of switchbacks up the Wiwaxy Gap. The larches had just started turning yellow and a layer of snow on the trail marked the first of the season. Past the treeline we continued to Lake Oesa and I’m not even kidding…it was heaven. Where else do you get a crystal blue glacial lake to share with less than ten other people?
Whether you’re planning an Emerald Lake Elopement in Yoho or have dreamt of eloping in Banff National Park’s backcountry, don’t be afraid to reach out for some help location planning! If you’re up for a bit of adventure (or a lot!), it’s not that hard to have a wedding day that it totally unique to you and I’d love to help!