Situated 60 km northwest of Whistler, Joffre Lakes is among British Columbia’s most popular backcountry parks. Famed for its stunning turquoise-blue lakes, the park offers opportunities for hiking, mountaineering, and wildlife viewing.
Important notes on availability:
- Due to extremely high demand in recent years, reservations are now required for all overnight stays at Upper Joffre Lake Campground
- For the 2022 season, camping at Upper Joffre Lake closed on November 14, due to increased avalanche danger
This page provides information on:
- Making a reservation
- Paying for your reservation
- Changing or cancelling your reservation
- Checking in at the campground
Joffre Lake visitors are expected to follow Leave No Trace wilderness ethics. For more information, see our backcountry guide. For full details of our reservation policies, download the reservation services policies and terms [PDF].
Making a reservation
Important note on availability: Given the extreme popularity of this park, making your reservation as early as possible is highly recommended.
- Anyone over 16 years of age can make a reservation for Upper Joffre Lake Campground via camping.bcparks.ca
- Reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-689-9025 toll free from Canada and the US or 1-519-858-6161 internationally
- An Upper Joffre Lake Campground reservation can be booked in full up to four months before your desired arrival date
- You can make your reservation starting at 7 am Pacific Time on the first day of this booking period
Example: If you want to arrive on July 25 and stay four nights, you can reserve all four nights starting at 7 am PT on March 25
- You can make a reservation up until 5 pm Pacific Time on your scheduled arrival date, if places are available
Example: If you want to arrive on July 25 and stay for four nights, you can book all four nights up until 5 pm on July 25
- A reservation guarantees you a spot in the campground but does not reserve a specific tent pad (see check-in, below, for more details)
- Reservations cannot be transferred or sold to another party, and any attempt to do so will lead to cancellation, without refund
- When booking your reservation, you must specify the ‘named occupant’ who will be your official reservation holder
- This named occupant can be yourself or another person, but they must be present when your party arrives and throughout your stay
If the named occupant cannot be present throughout your stay, your reservation must be rebooked with an occupant who can be present. The named occupant may be asked to show ID during your stay to keep your reservation valid.
Camping party sizes and rules
- Camping at Upper Joffre Lake is normally permitted only on the campground’s 26 tent pads
- In cases where tent pads are covered with snow, camping on other established campsites within the campground is permitted
- Tent pads are a maximum of three square-meters and hold up to two tents and four people in total
- You can reserve up to three tent pads at one time, for a maximum total camping party of 12 people
For more information on camping party sizes and rules, see the backcountry camping reservations page.
All fees must be paid in full when you make your reservation. There are two types of fees:
- Camping fees, which pay for use of your tent pad and other amenities
- Transaction fees, which help us maintain the reservation service
|Camping fees||• $5 per person per night |
• Free for children under six years of age
|Transaction fees||• $6 per tent pad, per night |
• Maximum fee of $18 per tent pad
Tax is included in camping fees, but tax is added to transaction fees. If you change or cancel your reservation, there will be additional fees (see changes and cancellations, below).
For more information about camping fees and transaction fees, see the camping fees page.
Changes and cancellations
- You can change or cancel your reservation via camping.bcparks.ca or by calling 1-800-689-9025 (1-519-858-6161 internationally)
- There is a $6 transaction fee per tent pad for any cancellations or changes to your reservation
- You cannot make any changes to your reservation itinerary after you arrive at the park
- If you cancel your reservation before you arrive, camping fees will be refunded (subject to our cancellation policies)
- All transaction fees, including change and cancellation fees and call centre surcharges, are non-refundable
- Making a reservation guarantees you a spot but the reservation service does not assign you a specific tent pad
- You select your tent pad or pads when you arrive at the campground, on a first come, first served basis
- Reservations are held until noon the day following your scheduled arrival, after which your reservation is cancelled without refund
- Check-in is after 1 pm on your arrival date and check-out is before noon on your departure date
- Bring two copies of your confirmation email with you; keep one with you at all times and fix the other to your tent
For more information on checking in at a backcountry campground, see the backcountry camping reservations page.