Only one day after the last of my final exams at university, I boarded a plane to experience Canada for the very first time. Little did I know that it would become the most epic, adventurous and beautiful journey of my life: a hike through the Rocky Mountains in Canada. Words fall short whenever I try to describe the beauty of the Canadian landscape. Even my most beautiful pictures cannot capture the scenic views on the Rockies. But this doesn’t stop me from sharing my enthusiasm with you for hiking in Canada. So you will see posts about Canada hikes on a regular basis!
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is located close to Whistler, at the beginning of the Rocky Mountains. This trail of 11 km is a nice warm-up for the serious hiking work that you’ll have to do when you’re in the heart of the Rockies. Even though the first part of this hike is relatively steep, it is well within the capacity of even unexperienced hikers. Joffre Lakes consists of 3 lakes: Lower Lake, Middle Lake and Upper Lake. The Lower Lake is the starting point of the hike. Mosquitos protect their claimed territory quite aggressively over there, so we quickly moved on to Middle lake.
When you finally reach Middle Lake, you’ll understand why you made all the effort to get there. The turquoise color of the glacial Lake is incredibly beautiful to see. It is just like a Photoshop or Instagram filter is added, but it’s all natural. It may seem attractive to just jump into the water, but don’t be mistaken: a glacial lake consists of glacial meltwater and is freezing cold! You probably wouldn’t survive a fresh dip into the water and that would be a shame… because you’ll never get to see the rest of the Rockies.
The trail to Upper Lake is far less rocky and well maintained. You’ll be at Upper Lake before you know it!
The Lake itself is very nice, but we could not stop admiring the bluish glacier between the rocks. I was the first glacier I had ever seen in my life. The further we went into the Rockies, the more glaciers we saw. But I never stopped liking them… especially the bluish color is fairylike!
Campers will be happy to know there’s a campsite up at Upper Lake, but since you can perfectly walk the 11 km there and back again in one day and the height makes a very chilly night, I recommend everyone to make the descent and drive up to the Marble Canyon campsite. One of the most beautiful campsites that we had the pleasure to encounter. If you are lucky you can put up your tent right next to the water. An ideal spot to let the Joffre Lakes hike soak in and enjoy a magical sunset!