Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, Pemberton
(4.9/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, with its ice fields and rushing streams, offers an adventure all year long. In summer, the sunlight reflects against the "rockflour" glacial silt of the three lakes, creating wonderful colors. When the lakes freeze during winter, you'll find yourself in the middle of an icy wonderland. Take a hike around the lower, middle, and upper lakes all along the trail, each one more impressive than the last, with the highest one positioned just beneath the glacier. Try mountaineering, but only if have previous experience; otherwise, go fishing or camping. Feel free to bring your pets along, but only on a leash. For Joffre Lakes Provincial Park and beyond, use our Pemberton trip generator to get the most from your Pemberton vacation.
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  • Banff and Jasper (Canadiab Rockies) are known for their beauty, but there are mountains and lakes just as beautiful near Penticton, in a short drive from Vancouver. 
  • On the drive from Whistler after 100 mile House are we driven past the sign to this provincial park and have decided spontaneously to stop there. The parking lot is right next to the highway and is equipped like most toilets (outhouse). These were the conditions very clean, toilet paper in sufficient quantity and disinfectants were present. After a short walk of about 10 minutes, we stood on the lower Joffre Lake and were surprised. We did not expect such a beautiful Lake. Turquoise, calm, crystal-clear water gleamed and the views of the wooded hills and snow-covered mountains in the background was overwhelming. Fortunately, nothing was going on and we had the river completely to ourselves. Due to the time pressure we could unfortunately not further explore the Park. But even the lower Joffre Lake is worth an absolute recommendation!
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  • It was bloody cold when we first got there, but after you start moving and get the blood pumping it's fine. There are so many spots to get some great pictures! The climb is medium level difficulty and...  more »
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  • I loved going there, the views are like no other. Is a very popular place for hiking so you should be there very early in the morning to find a good place to park maybe before 9am. The trail is not difficult but it can easily take you 2hrs one way if you are not in shape especially going to the second lake, from the second lake to the third is very easy. It could get chilly or cold during fall expect some snow and obviously winter, so wear warm clothing that you can remove easily since going up you will sweat but once you are on the top you will need something to feel warm.
  • This was one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done. It took us maybe 3-4 hours and we're average to above-average hikers. You pass by three different glacier lakes and one waterfall if you go all the way up to the top. In the summer you can swim in the lakes. Very scenic places to eat lunch or snacks as you travel. It's about five to ten minutes to the first lake. The second lake is the longest stretch of an hour or so. The last lake was maybe 20-30 minutes. It's a very, very steep ascent.
  • We researched this place before visiting Vancouver so we knew a little about it. What we didn't know was the hike it took to visit all 3 lakes. We were under the impression it was a simple walk from the parking to enjoy the view. Well the 1st lake is like that, but if you dare challenge yourself to visit the 2nd and 3rd. ''It's worth it'' were the words of encouragement many of whom we crossed paths with were whispering along the way ! So we'll pay it forward and say, ''you can do it and it's worth it !''.
  • Love this place. The challenge who doesn't hike often is reaching the middle lake after that the hardest part is over. The upper lake has an amazing view and all your effort is worth it to reach this amazing view. Tip: Go visit during less busy time like a normal weekday as the park can get really pack and parking can become a problem. *Please don't litter the park. Take all your garbage with you.
  • How to become an honourary Canadian? Jump into glacially cold lake #2 on this amazingly beautiful and easily approachable post card. Only 4 stars as it is "too approachable", which means very busy.