You’ve probably already drooled over these turquoise-hued lakes in someone else’s Instagram feed, but there’s nothing quite like experiencing the beautiful Joffre Lakes for yourself.
These incredible glacier-fed lakes are a selfie-taking paradise that’s well worth the trip.
For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from North Shore Rescue and AdventureSmart.
Where is it?
Located near Pemberton in Joffre Lakes Park there are actually three lakes to soak in: Lower, Middle and Upper. The first lake is a mere 10-minute walk from the parking lot and instantly offers a breathtaking vista. You have to slog up a steep trail to get to the other two but it’s well worth it.
How do you get there?
Located about a two and a half hour drive from Vancouver the lakes can be found off of Highway 99 east of Pemberton. There is a parking lot at the bottom of the trail which offers a steep, and for some challenging, 5 km (5 hour roundtrip) climb up to the lakes themselves.
Make sure you’re prepared for the hike and read up on the route in advance to make sure you’re fit enough to tackle the climb.
The clue is in the name.
The green-blue glacier-fed lakes are set against the stunning backdrop of sub alpine forest and coastal mountain scenery. The middle lake boasts the appropriately named “Selfie log” which is a popular spot for those looking to snap a new pic for their social media profiles.
Perhaps the most stunning views however are reserved for Upper Joffre Lake with its beautiful backdrop of the Matier Glacier and Joffre Peak.
Hikers can easily get up and down the trail in a day, with plenty of time left over for snapping selfies and braving a dip in the freezing glacial waters. But if you want to make a trip of it you can always pitch your tent at one of the 26 campsites located on the shores of the Upper Lake.
When to go?
The trail is open June to September but check conditions before you go, especially after the heavy snowfall we experienced this winter.