Today I’m hosting superb photography of the Emerald Lake, spotted by Toccara Best from Forget Someday Blog on the drive through Klondike Highway in Yukon.
Toccara with her husband, Sam, started to blog to encourage others to stop putting off their dreams and to do what they can to create the life they’ve always imagined, especially if this includes getting out and exploring the world!
Picture Story: The Klondike Highway and Emerald Lake
This picture was the turning point, literally, for a road trip we were on from Skagway, Alaska into the Yukon (Canada).
During an Alaskan cruise this past summer while docked in port in Skagway we rented a car and crossed the Canadian border.
While many cruisers take the famed White Pass & Yukon railway, we wanted more flexibility to be able to stop, enjoy the scenery, and take pictures whenever we wanted!
Best decision EVER! If you’re into road trips like us, you will LOVE this drive!
The Klondike Highway has everything from majestic mountain peaks covered in snow, luscious valleys, gorgeous lakes, stunning waterfalls, tiny historic towns, abandoned silver mine shafts, and if you’re lucky- some wildlife, such as bears and mountain goats.
Of course, we did this drive in the summer months which provided us with many hours of daylight, plenty of sunshine, perfect temperatures (72 F / 22 C), and roads completely free from snow!
It was much cheaper for the two of us to rent a car for the entire day than it would have been to go on the train for just a few hours.
And for a drive that should’ve taken 5 hours (round trip)… we took 8! The scenery of the Klondike Highway was just incredible!
We stopped frequently to stretch our legs, take pictures, and simply take in the surrounding beauty.
This image is probably 1 of 800 we took that day! Emerald Lake, pictured here, is the recommended turn-around spot for day-trippers coming in from Skagway. I couldn’t pick a better name for this lake even if I tried.
Here’s your nerdy scientific fact for the day, taken straight from the sign at the lookout point: “The beautiful blue-green colour of Emerald Lake is created by sunlight reflecting off a white layer of “marl” on the lake bed.
Marl is a white calcium carbonate clay that forms in the water and then settles, often unevenly, onto the lake bottom.
It forms when enough carbonate from dissolving limestone reacts with calcium in the water.” Don’t you feel smarter now?! When the sun hits the surface… magic happens!
I have never seen lake water with such a gorgeous glow! Had time permitted, we would have driven to the lake’s shore to get a closer look, but returning our rental car any later than we did would have cost us… and caused us to miss our boat!
So, given our time constraint, I wasn’t able to get the perfect shot of Emerald Lake (free from power lines), but this image certainly does a good job at capturing the ridiculous beauty found throughout the Yukon!
So if you ever in this area do not miss the drive through Klondike Highway! Superb experience!
Emerald Lake is a lake in the southern Yukon, Canada notable for its intense green colour. It is located on the South Klondike Highway at kilometre 117.5 (mile 73.5), measured from Skagway, Alaska.
The colour derives from light reflecting off white deposits of marl, a mixture of clay and calcium carbonate, at the bottom of the shallow waters.
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