Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is about a 3.5 hour drive from Vancouver. The 10km round trip hike will take you to 3 beautiful turquoise lakes, a spectacular glacier and mountain peaks.
Hike Info:Rating: Intermediate Distance: 10km (Round Trip) Gain: 370 Metres Time Needed: 3 hour return
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park trail is for intermediate hikers and our “Hike of the Week“.
Joffre Lakes Trail
From the parking lot, the first of 3 lakes is just a short 5 minute easy hike. Once you take in the view of the first lake it’s time to continue on to the more challenging trek to Middle and Upper Joffre lakes. Don’t worry, it’s well worth the reward as each lake gets more and more beautiful.
Continuing on from Lower Joffre Lake, the trail begins to get steeper and winds upward through old growth forests of hemlock and spruce and along talus slopes. Just when you think the trail might never end you emerge at Middle Joffre Lake and it’s turquoise waters. You brought your camera right?
You may be tempted to stop here for lunch, which is what many hikers do but you’ll have a much more amazing view if you just stop at Middle Joffre Lake for a quick break and continue on the final stretch to the 3rd Lake for lunch since the last part of the trail brings you to the largest and most stunning of the three lakes: Upper Joffre Lake. There is no better place to have your lunch as you sit in front of Matier Glacier and Joffre Peak.
Important Note: No emergency services are available at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. The Park is located outside of cell phone service, visitors need to be self sufficient in this remote wilderness environment and properly equipped for self rescue. Be sure you pack the 10 Hiking Essentials.
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park History
History of Joffre Lakes Provincial Park from the BC Parks Website.
Established on January 7, 1988, Joffre Lakes Provincial Park has opportunities for hiking, camping, mountaineering, wildlife viewing, and fishing. This magnificent area of jagged peaks, icefields, cold rushing streams and turquoise blue lakes was established as a recreation area in 1988 and became a Class A park in 1996.
A highlight of the park is the turquoise blue waters of Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre lakes, all three of which are located along the trail, and each more stunning than the last. Their striking, saturated blue colour is caused by “rockflour” – or glacial silt – that is suspended in the water and reflects green and blue wavelengths of sunlight.
Getting to Joffre Lakes Trail
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is about a 3.5 hour drive from Vancouver. The parking lot is located just North of Pemberton on the Duffy Lake Road. You’ll want to go early on the weekend if you want to get a spot as it fills up quickly with adventurers wanted to do this amazing hike. If the parking lot is full there is an overflow spot back down the road or along the side of the road.