Joffre Lakes

British Columbia, Canada
  • 6 Hours / 11 KM
  • Out and back
  • Medium
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The view at Middle Joffre Lake © Karl Woll

Introduction to Joffre Lakes

Joffre Lakes is a popular hike located just north of Pemberton in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. Easy trailhead access and gorgeous views make this a busy and well traveled trail during the summer. It is also a popular destination for ice climbers during the winter months for the same reasons.

An hour north of Whistler, this hike is pushing the boundaries of being called 'near' Vancouver. But, it is worth the trip, it is simply too spectacular not to hike.

There are three lakes you will pass on this hike, aptly named Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre Lakes. From the trailhead, Lower Joffre Lake is a flat 5 minute walk. The view from Lower Lake will give you a good vantage point of your end goal; the spectacular Matier Glacier that looms high above Upper Joffre Lake.

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Walking season is short in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park: in late autumn you'll find snow. During the winter months it is a popular destination for ice climbers.

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Karl
Vancouver, Canada

Karl Woll, born and raised in Vancouver, has been passionately exploring the area’s mountains over the last decade. Beyond hiking, Karl fulfills his desire to be outdoors by kayaking, scuba diving, snowboarding, and most frequently, trail running.

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  • 400 m
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Duffey Lake Road, Squamish-Lillooet
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