When BC Parks announced the return of the day pass system earlier today, they snuck another, equally important announcement in there. For the first time since June 1st, 2020, Joffre Lakes Provincial Park will be open to visitors once more. Here’s the scoop on this absolutely gorgeous spot.
Long a bucket-list activity for tourists and residents alike, Joffre Lakes park offers the quintessential coastal mountains setting. Because of this, the park was actually simply shut down last summer, instead of using the day pass system that other popular parks used.
The trail at the park actually features three lakes- Lower, Middle and Upper. The Lower Lake is located just a short walk from the parking lot, but offers incredible views of the forest and glacier-covered mountains.
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Of course, more avid fans of the outdoors need to make the relatively short, but steep trek to the Middle and Upper Lakes. Here, you’ll be rewarded with an even more incredible view, where trees are by and large replaced with moraines (rocky areas deposited by the glacier above). All three lakes feature absolutely stunning emerald colours, thanks to various minerals and silt in the water.
And if that wasn’t enough, the backcountry camping sites will open for reservations as well! Long held as one of the most iconic camping experiences in Canada, these sites are perched above the Upper Lake and have been so popular that a reservation system has been in place for years now.
Day pass reservations for this gorgeous park open on June 22nd, and will be available the day prior to your visit. Meanwhile, camping reservations open on the same day, but will be booking until October 22nd. Mark your calendars nature-lovers, because this is going to go fast.
For more information on the reopening plan at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, head to the BC Parks website.