Joffre Lakes is a must if you’re ever in British Columbia. It is past Pemberton, which is north of Whistler. It takes a couple of hours to get there from Vancouver but it is worth the drive. Plus the journey is very scenic.
The car park is questionable. I went on a Wednesday and it was busy. There’s no spaces marked on the floor so people park all over the place and not in a sensible fashion. Anyways after perusing the car park for a while, we managed to park safe and sound.
Joffre Lakes consists of three very blue lakes. The hike is 10km and takes about 3 hours. The first lake is a short walk from the car park and I’m pretty certain those were the people crowding the car park with their expensive cars. The second lake is about an hour away and it is uphill for the majority of the way. I realised how unfit I was during this part. You are then rewarded with the most unrealistic blue lake you’ll ever see.
The second lake is a popular spot for those Instagram-worthy pictures. You can walk along a log in the lake and get the selfies in. We walked straight past, heading towards the third and final lake. We perched on a big rock and ate our lunch in a secluded spot. I did bring my swimsuit but I chickened out. I put my feet in, that was enough. It is a glacier fed lake so you can imagine how cold it is. You lose the feeling in your feet pretty quick.
After chilling and relaxing by the third lake, we headed back to the car. You walk back the way you came so it is downhill the majority of the way. Every time I saw the lakes I was completely blown away. They just do not look real. It is something I’ve only ever seen in pictures.
A hike would not be complete without me falling over. So yes I lost my footing and fell. In the process of falling I bent my sunglasses. Luckily Rachelle is the queen of fixing sunglasses so I didn’t have to repurchase.
On the way back we stopped at Mile One Eating House in Pemberton. I had a really good mac and cheese here, so you should go. We also stopped in Whistler for a wander round the shops. I love Whistler at any time of year.
In other news I got a job for winter in a ski resort. I’ll be working in the rental shop at Big White in Kelowna. I cannot wait to share it with you guys.