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Four Reason Why Your Team Needs an Emerald Lake Lodge Retreat

Anyone else in need of some serious R & R? Sometimes all it takes is a little shake up in your routine to refocus and get back to the grind. Corporate retreats can be used to improve employee relationships, show appreciation, improve morale and add an element of fun to your office environment. What better way to get inspired than immersing yourselves in the outdoors?! Originally built in 1902, Emerald Lake Lodge has been restored and redeveloped to become one of the finest resorts in the Canadian Rockies. Read four reasons why your team deserves a retreat at this stunning location this year below!

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  1. Retreats are an excellent way to refocus employees and increase morale

It’s really no surprise that companies with higher morale outperform their counterparts by over 20%. Retreats are the perfect opportunity to just hang out as a group and show employees they’re loved and appreciated. Check out our top activities to celebrate a few days off below:

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After a day of business meetings or exploring the region, it’s important for you and your team to come together and chat over a delicious meal and glass of wine. The Mount Burgess Dining Room at Emerald Lake Lodge is a comfortable and cozy environment for your team to bond over delicious Rocky Mountain delicacies. Looking for more casual fare? Visit the Kicking Horse Lounge to relax with a cocktail by a cozy wood-burning fireplace.

Wine Tastings

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Forming bonds while sipping on a glass of wine is a fun and easy activity that everyone on your team will love. Your staff can bond over their favourite picks and enjoy an evening of education and exploration.

Play Snooker or Pool


A little friendly competition is sometimes just what your team needs to have fun and relax with each other. In the main lodge at Emerald Lake, you’ll find a snooker or pool table that is at your disposal. Unwind after an exciting day with a game or two during your stay.


  1. Team Building and Bonding

Let’s be real. There is no better feeling than being part of a team. Remember those family reunions when you were younger? Playing tug o’ war with great Uncle Henry and hanging out with those distant cousins you never even knew you had? By the end of the trip weren’t you just wishing for more time together? That’s because there is no greater way to get a team together and bonding than with activities and problem solving. These are the people you’re spending everyday with. Why not strengthen these relationships and be a part of the family? Explore a few of our favourite team building activities below:

Canoeing on Emerald Lake

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Paddle on the beautiful and always breath-taking Emerald Lake. Enjoy stunning scenery, glistening waters and stunning mountain views. Canoe rentals are available at the Boathouse, located near the parking lot, across the bridge from Cilantro Café.


Explore the Beauty of the Natural Bridge

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Only a ten-minute drive from Emerald Lake Lodge sits an impressive rock formation that spans the Kicking Horse River. Sculpted over time by a waterfall that once flowed overtop, this unique landmark is a popular tourist attraction in the area. Get the creative juices flowing for your team while taking in this incredible sight!


Hike the Emerald Lake Loop

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This easy, five-kilometer hike around the perimeter of Emerald Lake provides a full 360° view of the lodge and surrounding waters. This simple, yet rewarding adventure is the perfect afternoon activity for anyone looking to get a breath of fresh air!


Helicopter Tours

Looking for an activity you’ll remember for years to come? Get a look at the mountains from a new perspective. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Rockies during your very own helicopter tour. Explore all the possibilities and begin your adventure in nearby Golden, BC!

  1. Time to Reflect – Say Goodbye to Everyday Stressors

So, you’re thinking about planning a staff retreat for your team? This may be the perfect opportunity to take a breath and relax. We know you and your crew work hard. Do you ever truly get the opportunity to pause and reflect as a group? It’s ok! Work can be stressful, but by taking your team out of their busy environment, you can allow them to decompress and relax! Time to reflect enables everyone to look back on their accomplishments and setbacks over the past few months and consider what the future can bring. Less stress means more productive workers!

Private Yoga Classes

We’ve all heard that yoga is a wonderful activity to destress. Whether it’s a fiery vinyasa flow or more relaxing yin class, yoga truly is the perfect opportunity to refocus your mind and body together. Interested? Local instructors from Lake Louise and Golden will come to the lodge, so the only thing you’ll have to worry about is arriving present and in full.


Relax in the Hot Tub surrounded by Mountain Views

We really do believe there is such a thing as the ultimate relaxation moment. Get a little taste of it yourself and step into our state-of-the-art steel hot tub at Emerald Lake Lodge. Bask in breathtaking mountain views and beat that Rockies chill. Invite your colleagues to soak in the day and reflect on what’s to come.


Campfire & Marshmallow Roasting Under the Stars

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Grab a blanket and curl up next to the cozy outdoor fire pit at the lodge. Located right next to the jewel-toned waters of Emerald Lake, this is the perfect place to brainstorm and chat with your team, all while roasting marshmallows with your very own s’more kit!


  1. Solitude is Bliss

Rent Your Own Island

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Did you know that you can rent the entire island at Emerald Lake Lodge?! Seriously! This is the perfect opportunity for those in search of a uniquely Canadian Rocky Mountain experience. Enjoy the chance to get away from it all, reconnect with the surrounding environment, and appreciate a lodge set amongst the mountains with views that will take your breath away. Emerald Lake Lodge’s rustic accommodations, countless activities, and dedicated staff are the perfect addition to any corporate retreat. Now imagine every function room, guest room, and all amenities are exclusively yours. Rent Your Own Island offers complete privacy and comfort for you and your team.

After a corporate retreat in the Rockies, your team will feel recharged and ready to take on their next challenge. Whatever your incentive, getting away with you crew has been shown to restore balance, renew perspectives, increase productivity, and heighten morale.

If you’re dreaming of a getaway like this, let’s get started! We can’t wait to help plan your dream escape to Emerald Lake Lodge!

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