Joffre Lake Provincial Park
Steeply rising from Lower Joffre Lake, the glacier-laden peaks are visible from an easily accessible viewpoint 500 metres from the parking lot. If you carry on, the trail becomes a rough, rocky and steep hike through the Coast Mountain range. 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. A highlight of the park is the turquoise blue waters of Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre lakes, all three of which are located along the trail, 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.
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There are 3 lakes to view on the Joffre Lakes circuit. This is a beautiful hike that is not too challenging. At the trailhead there is a large scale map of the area and the hike. Follow the Joffre Alpine Trail as you veer right past the first lake (lower Joffre Lake), and then follow the trail as you cross Joffre Creek and then start to climb. You will pass Middle lake on the right, Upper Joffre Lake on the left. If you were to continue you would find yourself at the bottom of the Matier Glacier, which is spectacular. You are rewarded with awesome views on most of your hike. Great on a sunny afternoon - Sun, Ice, Rock, and lunch!
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