The Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is one of British Columbia's most beautiful and popular parks. Breathtaking views of three exquisite turquoise lakes, majestic glacier-laden peaks and old-growth forests, make the Joffre Lakes Hike a highly rewarding adventure.
About the Joffre Lakes Hike
Located in the Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, the Joffre Lakes Hike is a relatively moderate hike that is considered to be one of British Columbia's most beautiful hikes. The hike passes three exquisite turquoise lakes that are surrounded by hanging glaciers and towering mountains. Due to this diversity, the Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is truly one of British Columbia's biggest gems.
The two to three hour long hike to Upper Joffre Lakes commences from a parking lot that are located minutes away from Lower Joffre Lake. From Lower Joffre Lake, you will hike past Joffre Creek. After crossing Joffre Creek, a couple of switchbacks will take you towards Middle Joffre Lake. At the viewpoint of the second lake, you will notice the majestic glacier-laden peaks towering above you. Continue hiking towards Upper Joffre Lake and pass a scenic waterfall on the way. After a walk along the lake, you will reach a viewpoint overlooking all three lakes, with the Matier Glacier in the background.
A rugged campsite is available for those wanting to spend the night. For the more adventurous hikers, it is possible to hike alongside Upper Joffre Lake and to climb all the way to the Matier Glacier. However, caution should be taken as ice sheets may break off the glacier at any moment. Learn more by clicking on the hiking tab.
The Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is located 180km from Vancouver; between Whistler and Pemberton. The parking lot of the Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is located just off highway 99, east of Pemberton. Parking is limited and it is advised to arrive early or to take a bus from Vancouver.
If you decide to drive to Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, please adhere to the posted speed limits through Pemberton and Mount Currie en route to the park. Speeding negatively impacts community members who live along the road and it puts both your and their safety at stake. There is also no parking permitted along the highway. Cars are frequently towed along this stretch of the road, so it is advised not to take the risk.
TRANSPORTATION TO JOFFRE LAKES FROM VANCOUVER
Convenient and affordable return bus transportation from downtown Vancouver to the Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is provided daily during the summer season (May to October). Limited parking and the lack of any other public transportation options make this an ideal service for everyone.
The Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is located about 180km from downtown Vancouver. Due to speed limits and the frequent high volumes of traffic on Highway 99, it takes on average 3 hours to drive to Joffre Lakes from Vancouver
The round-trip hike from the parking lot to Upper Joffre Lake and back is about 10km. On average it takes between 4 and 5 hours to complete depending on your fitness level and also how much time you spend admiring the beautiful scenery along the way.
HIKING SEASONS AT JOFFRE LAKES
The summer season is short and starts in mid-May and lasts until the end of September. From the end of October until April the trails are covered in snow/ice and the lakes are frozen over. You can still visit the park during the winter season, but you should be prepared for winter conditions. Hiking poles and micro-spikes/yaktrax are required as sections of the trail are very icy and slippery.
CAMPING AT JOFFRE LAKES
Camping is permitted at Upper Joffre Lake. There are approximately 26 wilderness campsites, one urine diversion toilet and a bear-proof food storage unit. The small gravel campsites are located on the far (south) end of the lake and accommodate small backcountry tents. The campground fills quickly on weekends so it is best to get there in the morning and make alternate plans in case it is full. Fees are in effect between 1 June and 20 September. Camping is not permitted in the parking lot or at Middle Joffre Lakes during the snow free months. Campers are encouraged to practice "Leave No Trace" camping and to keep the park in a pristine condition.
DOGS AT JOFFRE LAKES
Dogs are prohibited at Joffre Lakes to protect the park. To protect the environment and wildlife at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, dogs and other domestic pets are not allowed.
JOFFRE LAKES HIKE DIFFICULTY
Dogs are prohibited at Joffre Lakes to protect the park. The Joffre Lakes hike is an intermediate level hike. Hikers are encouraged to bring proper footwear and clothing.