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, the path takes you along the turquoise waters of Middle and Upper Joffre Lakes, each lake more stunning than the last. Joffre Lakes Provincial Park has opportunities for hiking, camping, mountaineering, wildlife viewing, and fishing.
190 km From Vancouver
Important Safety Information
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is one of our most popular destinations but it is also very remote. Once you are dropped off at the park, you are responsible for your own safety. There are no guides - this is NOT a group or guided trip, as Parkbus only provides transportation. Make sure you review basic safety information, and bring food and lots of water (it is not possible to buy food or water in the park). There is no cellphone reception in the park or in the parking lot, as it is remote wilderness. As is elsewhere in BC backcountry, you may encounter natural hazards, such as snowy conditions, poor visibility, wildlife as well as steep and dangerous cliffs, especially if you wander off trail (do not!).
We are using school bus vehicles on this route. Although a coach bus would have been preferred for this longer bus ride, we must stick to a school bus due to very limited parking space at the drop-off point. Due to limited space, coach buses were not able to safely turn around in the past - and we had to revert back to school buses. As school buses do not have a bathroom on board, we will be making a rest stop on the way to and from Joffre Lakes (at Whistler).
Stops in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park
Joffre Lakes Trailhead
The bus will drop you off at the trailhead / parking lot from where you will be only 200m away from the first lake! For the most beautiful second and third lakes, however, you must be prepared to hike up!
Pickup Locations In Vancouver
Bank of China
Our buses stop outside Bank of China, near Burrard Skytrain Station, at 1025 Dunsmuir Street!