I have been to a lot of beautiful places in my travels but none can truly match the majestic paradise that is Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.
The Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is only a 3.5 hour drive from Vancouver and a 2 hour hike from the starting point, making it an easy escape for locals from the lower mainland. There are a few special points about this park that really shine, like the ability to sit under a glacier as it feeds the lakes and hiking a trail with at least a dozen areas worth stopping for. It’s rare to be able to get this up close and personal with a glacier, as well as see the points where it turns into a waterfall. You can then hike to a point along the trail where you can touch the waterfall as it cascades down from the lake.
There are 3 Lakes in total with the 1st being only 5 minutes from the parking lot. The next lake is an hour hike and the 3rd and final lake is so stunningly beautiful, it’s no wonder we found a man meditating on a rock and looking up as the sun pierced the water.
Joffre Provincial park is the ultimate digital detox locale for those in need of an unplug. It’s also the perfect day trip for families with children as the hike is moderate with a lot of gorgeous rest stops along the way.
A few tips:
-Be sure to take a camera that has an optical lens on it to capture the incredible moments that the sun peaks from behind the mountain.
-Leave early, not only to have the tranquility of the trail with just a few others, but also because you want to reach the summit before the sun rises. Timed correctly, you will be able to capture the lake at it’s most still, which is perfect for seeing the mirror reflections. Once the sun comes up, the lake starts to move due to the increase in heat and you won’t have those incredible moments where the lake still looks like glass.