There are some amazingly beautiful spots within a few minutes drive of Vagabond Lodge. One of my favourite is Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park. it is about a 30 minute drive east of Golden and a few minutes off the transcanada Highway. The lake itself is stunning. I went a few days ago and couldn't believe how busy it was with motorhomes, and buses. But the majority of the people who stop there really don't venture too far. And that is the part I like the most. We went on a hike to Yoho Lake which is located at the top of the pass into Yoho Valley with very few people on the train. The first part of the hike is easy and is on a well-worn trail to the end of Emerald Lake. From there you start a steady climb for about the next hour with some breath taking views looking down on Emerald Lake. There is a beautiful waterfall along the side of the trail at one point. We originally planned to go to Yoho Lake but as we got into the trees there was more and more snow and we weren't prepared to go slugging through knee deep snow and decided to turn back. I am sure the lake would have still been frozen. Just the same it was an outstanding hike and took us about 5 hours return. We were probably about 40 minutes from reaching the lake.