The pristine wonder of Snow Lake, in its own quiet way, is far worth the effort it takes to reach it. A couple of miles further, to Gem Lake, leads you into an entire land of wonder.  Less than a year earlier, I had been here in the depths of summer and even went swimming in the lake.

This year, there was still ice on its surface, although rapidly melting. The day was beautiful as Stéphane and I led Caroline and Riley up and over the Snow Lake ridge, and then up and over an even STEEPER ridge to reach Gem Lake, which was at a much higher elevation than its counterpart.

The trek felt well worth it by the end – as the pictures show.