Hiking Trail in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, Canada

Hiking Trail in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, Canada

Backpacking to Joffre Lakes, one of BC’s bluest lake. This lake was closed for more than a year from mid-year of 2020 up until BC parks announced in May that it would soon open again. Excited and happy we book for a night camp. As expected the lakes welcome us with its turquoise color, very clean and icy cold water. We enjoyed our time there from dusk till dawn.

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is a class A provincial park located 35 km east of Pemberton in British Columbia, Canada. It was established in 1996, when Joffre Lakes Recreation Area (created 1988) was upgraded to park status.

Three glacier-fed lakes are located in the park: Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre Lakes. The rock flour in the water reflects blue and green waves, and gives the lakes a turquoise colour. Joffre Lakes is a popular destination for hikers in the summer and mountain climbers in the winter due to its scenic lakes, glaciers and challenging peaks.

Due to the extreme popularity of the park and the huge increase in users the park was suffering a great level of degradation and BC parks decided to close it in 2020.

In 2021 BC parks decided to reopen the park but limited the amount of visitors with a pilot program this pilot program consist in a day pass that is free and is available in the website www.discovercamping.ca, every person who wants to enter the park needs to have a permit.

Video Source: Backpacking to JOFFRE LAKES, BC’s bluest lake. from Bacha & Meg Outdoors on Youtube ⁄ CC BY