Joffre Lake Provincial Park: Lower to Upper Joffre Lake (2 days / 12 km)

Joffre Lake Park is a Provincial Park in British Columbia, roughly 3 hours from Vancouver, best known for its turquoise blue lakes. All three lakes are along the trail: Lower, Middle and Upper. Joffre Lake Park is a very popular destination for both day hikers as well as campers.

Lower Lake is an easy 5-minute walk from the parking lot. From there, the trail becomes more steep to reach the Middle and Upper Lake. Campsites are located on the south side of Upper Lake where you will find an outhouse as well as a food cache.

There are no marked campsites, but lots of areas along the rocks to find flat ground for your tent. 

Joffre Lake parking lot is located off of Highway 99 east of Pemberton, on Duffy Lake Road. There is no cell service so make sure you have a printout or a screenshot of your reservation before coming to the park. There are rangers at the parking lot checking reservations. There is no parking on the side of the road. So best to come early in the day to get a spot as the lots fill up quickly due to the high traffic of day hikers. 

Trip Completed: July 2023

Trip Summary

Starting PointJoffre LakeEnding PointJoffre LakeDuration2 days / 1 nightDifficultyIntermediateTotal Distance12 kmElevation Gain442 m

Location: Joffre Lake Provincial Park, British Columbia

Traditional Territory: Joffre Lake Provincial Park is known as Pipi7iekw to the Lil’wat Nation and N’Quatqua peoples.

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia by Taryn Eyton

Map: We used the app All-trails for a map reference

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations / Permits: you can book your reservation at BC Parks go to backcountry camping reservations and click on Joffre Lake. It is best to book well in advance if you wish to camp there. We booked 4 months in advance to reserve our spot.

A reservation guarantees you a spot in the campground but not a specific tent pad. You selec...

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