The turquoise blue waters of Joffre lake will make you think you are at Banff National park in Alberta, when in fact the it is from the lesser known but majestically beautiful Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre lakes. All three of which are located along a trail near the small town of Pemberton, British Columbia, and each more stunning than the last. Their striking, saturated blue colour is caused by “rockflour” or glacial silt, that is suspended in the water and reflects green and blue wavelengths of sunlight. Joffre Lakes Provincial Park has opportunities for hiking, camping, mountaineering, wildlife viewing, and fishing.
These amazing pictures are courtesy of friends and all-around explorers Brontë Lisle and Stefan Grabowski.
Joffre Lakes is a very popular day hike. The trailhead is about an hour from Whistler on the Duffey Lake Road.
Middle Joffre Lake is a four km hike from the lower lake.
Don’t be discouraged by the hills. With a daypack, slow and steady is the way to go.
The pleasurable aspects of this hike are its short duration (2.5 to 3 hours) and the option of going to the lower, middle or upper lake.
As you finally exit the hiking trail with all the trees, you will be treated to a stunning view of the glacier, and massive rockslides on the far side of the lake.
Evidence of the park’s glacial history can be found in the U-shaped valleys, glacial silts and lateral moraines. This magnificent area of jagged peaks, icefields, cold rushing streams and turquoise blue lakes was established as a recreation area in 1988 and became a Class A park in 1996.