I cannot wait for spring and summer to arrive in Vancouver already! Hiking season will be in its prime and the views will be the absolute best for my favourite hike in the Lower Mainland: Joffre Lakes.
Difficulty and Details
Joffre Lakes is a moderate 3 hour round-trip hike and most of the (steep) incline is within the first hour. There are three lakes total to see on the hike, with the first lake being at the very beginning of the trailhead and not far from the parking lot.
The second lake is where the best views are in my opinion and is about 1-1.5 hours into the hike. The third and final lake requires some bouldering to get to but the payoff is awesome, especially for your first time hiking Joffre and you’ll enjoy a beautiful glacier view. Camping is available at the third lake. Be sure to bring water, snacks and a packed lunch to enjoy when you reach the top.
How to Get There
Joffre Lakes is located just outside of Pemberton, BC and it’s roughly a 3 hour drive from Vancouver (one way). Expect to make a day of it given that its about 6 hours driving time in total. I promise you though, this hike is sooooo worth it and I go at least twice every summer. I usually swing by Whistler on the way home for some ice cream at Cows (my fave)!
The most popular photo-op / the most Instagrammable spot is on a log that juts out towards the middle of the second lake. You’re surrounded by the beautiful turquoise water with the gorgeous mountains in the background.
When to Go
The best time to hike Joffre is in July or August, when the chances of a clear view of the mountains and water are best. This is a very popular hike in the summer and can get quite crowded so I recommend starting early, ideally before 9am.
Thank you for reading! I’ll see you on the mountain!