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Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Smoking is prohibited
During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin.

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park

About This Park

Leave No Trace at 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 towards middle and upper Joffre Lakes, the trail becomes steeper and more challenging. 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.

Know Before You Go

Stay Safe

  • No emergency services are available; visitors should be self-sufficient in this remote wilderness environment and properly equipped for self-rescue.
  • Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park. Water from lakes or streams should be boiled for at least two minutes.
  • Campfires are not permitted at this park.
  • The glacial fed lakes are very cold and are not recommended for swimming.
  • Expect winter conditions in Joffre lakes from November until the end of May. Persons travelling into Joffre Lake Provincial Park should be properly equipped and experienced in winter travel.

Special Notes

  • Parking on the edges of highway 99 is not permitted. Use designated parking lot only.
  • The parking lot fills very quickly, particularly on the weekends, and a reservation does not guarantee a parking space in the lot. Plan ahead by arriving early.
  • There are no garbage cans in the park, please pack out what you pack in.
  • This is a very high use park and it is busy 7 days per week, extremely busy on weekends.
  • Camping is only allowed in the designated area at the Upper Lake.
  • A reservation is required for any overnight stay in Joffre Lakes Park. Winter camping is not available November 1 – April 15 due to avalanche risk.
  • Campers without a reservation will not be permitted to stay overnight.

Prohibited in this Park

  • Fires;
  • Harvesting of natural resources; this includes mushrooms.
  • Domestic animals.


Free Day-Use Pass Reservations

As of June 17, 2022, free day-use passes are required to visit Joffre Lakes Park. Reserve your free day-use pass at reserve.bcparks.bc/day-use. Passes are available to book starting at 7am, two days in advance of your planned visit.

Trail or Trailhead Pass required Timing Overnight stays
Joffre Lakes Trail (Person) All-Day Day-use pass not required for overnight campers. A camping reservation is required and must be carried at all times.

Find out more about BC Parks’ free day-use pass program. Please recreate responsibly.

Backcountry Camping Reservations

The BC Parks reservations system allows you to purchase a backcountry camping reservation and have a tent pad guaranteed for you before leaving home. As there is no cellular coverage in Joffre Lakes Park, reservations must be made before arriving at the park.

Backcountry reservations are required for all overnight stays in Joffre Lakes Park. Camping is not available November 15 – April 15 due to avalanche risk.


Off Hwy 99 east of Pemberton, BC on the Duffey Lake Road.

Park Bus

This park is serviced by Parkbus

Did you know Parkbus is an environmentally friendly, affordable transportation service from downtown Vancouver to select BC Parks? To find out more about Parkbus, as well as their routes and schedules, check or contact them at 1-800-928-7101.


Maps and Brochures

Nature and Culture

  • Wildlife: Deer, black bears, grizzly bears and mountain goats reside in the area. Pikas may be spotted along the trail. Please use the metal food cache at the campsite to store your food.

Management Planning

Activities Available at this Park

Climbing / Rapelling


All climbing opportunities are mountaineering. Should only be attempted by experienced and equipped people.


Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.


Only experienced and well-prepared mountaineers should attempt mountain climbing or venture onto glaciers and snow fields. The trail from the parking lot leads past three lakes; Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre Lake. Elevation gain to Upper Joffre Lake from the parking lot is approximately 400 metres. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails.

From the parking lot, Lower Joffre Lake is just a short, five minute, easy walk and there is a nice viewpoint here. If you carry on, the trail becomes steeper, but the more challenging trek to Middle and Upper Joffre lakes is well worth the reward: a sweeping view of rugged peaks, icefields and cold, rushing streams beneath the Matier Glacier.

Continuing on from Lower Joffre Lake, the trail winds upward through old growth forests of hemlock and spruce and along talus slopes.

At Middle Joffre Lake, you’ll want to stop to photograph the scene in front of you: with the lake’s pristine turquoise waters fringed by sub-alpine forest and backed by rugged Coast Mountain scenery.

The final stretch of the hike is narrower and rougher and brings you to the largest and perhaps most stunning of the three lakes: Upper Joffre Lake. Here you stand beneath the frozen cascade of Matier Glacier, with a fine vantage of 2,721m. (8,927ft.) Joffre Peak.

In the warm afternoon sun you can hear the thunderous crashing of ice as it calves from the glacier and rockfall from the slopes above. Please keep in mind that because of the instability of glacial terrain, scrambling upslope to get a closer view is not recommended.

Note on this hike: Be sure to take insect repellent, as mosquitoes and black flies can be pesky.

Etiquette: Pack out what you pack in and take it home with you. There is no garbage pick-up in the park.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Backcountry skiing and snowshoeing opportunities exist. Be properly equipped with, and experienced in the use of, avalanche safety gear if venturing into avalanche terrain. Coastal winter weather can change rapidly, affecting visibility and travel conditions. Be aware and prepared. The clearing of the parking lot is provided by a highway maintenance contractor and is done so periodically throughout the winter. There may be times when it is not cleared when you arrive. Please do your best to park off of the highway (shoveling may be required), and allow for clearing equipment to access the lot. Thank you, and enjoy the park.

Facilities Available at this Park

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

There are two pit toilets located at the parking lot and one pit toilet at the second lake. Two urine diversion toilets are located at the upper lake, one at the viewpoint and one at the camping area. Bring your own toilet paper.

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Camping is permitted only within the designated campground at Upper Joffre Lake, a 5.5 km moderate to challenging hike from the parking lot. There are 26 backcountry tent pads, one urine diversion toilet, and a bear-proof food storage unit. The small gravel tent pads are located on the far (south) end of the lake and accommodate small backcountry tents. The campground fills quickly on weekends so it's best to make reservations ahead of time. Camping and reservation fees are in effect June 1, 2019 and year-round thereafter.

Help keep the park pristine and practice “Leave No Trace” camping. Pack out what you pack in and take it home with you. There is no garbage pick-up in the park. Campfires are prohibited all year-round.

Reservations are required from June 1, 2019 and year-round thereafter. Thank you for your support!

Make a Reservation

The BC Parks reservations system allows you to purchase a backcountry camping reservation and have a tent pad guaranteed for you before leaving home. As there is no cellular coverage in Joffre Lakes Park, reservations are required before arriving at the park.