Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, Canada. Emerald Lake is the largest of Yoho's 61 lakes and ponds, as well as one of the park's premier tourist attractions. Emerald Lake Lodge, a high-end lodge perched on the edge of the lake, provides local accommodation. A 3.2 mile hiking trail circuits the lake, the first half of which is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. During the summer months, canoe rentals are available; in the winter, the lake is a popular cross country skiing destination.
Origins of 8 of the Strangest Place Names in Canada
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump near Fort Macleod, Alberta, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For thousands of years, bison hunting in western Canada was done in a very efficient way -by causing herds of buffalo to stampede over a cliff, falling to their death. The legend about the name is that a young warrior wanted to witness the kill from below, he died in the stampede. His fellow hunters found him with his head smashed in. Blackfoot translates to "where we got our heads smashed."