Joffre Lakes


Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is just north of Pemberton, BC and about 200 km north of Vancouver. This hike features 3 stunningly beautiful glacier-fed turquoise-coloured alpine lakes. If you’re not into hiking, you can see the first lake with a short easy walk. I was in awe of this place – it is so stunning and it should be on everyone’s list. We went on a sunny and hot Tuesday in August. We arrived at the parking lot around 12:00 and it was almost full. There is a pit toilet at the trailhead, so that’s nice ! When our group reached the last lake, we had a quick lunch and then went exploring up the lateral moraine and then down towards the creek. The stats below are to the end of the 3rd lake and back…

Distance: 8.7 km (return)
Time: 6 hours (with plenty of breaks and exploring)
Low point: 1217 m
High point: 1570 m
Elevation gain: 350 m
Cumulative Elevation gain: 575 m
Trailhead: 50° 22’ 10” by  122° 29’ 55” (Google Map)

Here is the route (including some exploring at end)…

Here are four photos of the upper lake…





Someone standing on a log in the middle lake…


On the way up, there is a nice waterfall…


Up close of the glacier…


Strong meltwater flow in the creek…


Great camping spot…


Another nice waterfall near the glacier…


Wildflowers on slope…



Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.

Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.

For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.


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