Oh, Canada: Hiking Joffre Lakes

Relaxing at Middle Joffre Lake

I’ve always heard that the hiking in British Columbia is epic and my first big trek to Upper Joffre Lake definitely lived up to the legends. The Joffre Lakes trail, 25 miles northeast of Whistler, winds four steep, rocky, rooty stunning miles up through the woods past Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre Lakes. Glacial sediments reflect sunlight, giving the lakes their bright blue color. I put my feet in and nearly froze my toes right off! So cold!

This popular trail can get crowded on the weekends so I camped at a free site just down the road from the trail head and woke up at first light on Sunday morning – this far north dawn breaks around 5 am – and had the place all to myself. Once again, I’m amazed at how few morning people there seem to be in this world, even in Canada!

Boulder field on the trail to Joffre Lakes

Arriving at Upper Joffre Lake

So Blue! Sediments in the glacial runoff reflect sunlight, giving the lakes their vivid color.

Glacier above Upper Joffre Lake

Creek running into Upper Joffre Lake

Middle Joffre Lake D.O.G.

Mountain Reflection

Upper Joffre Lake Sunshine

Sunny sitting spot at Upper Joffre Lake

Contemplating the Tzsil Glacier at the end of the Joffre Lake Trail

Onwards and Northwards! Stay tuned…

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
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13 Responses to Oh, Canada: Hiking Joffre Lakes

  1. Dounia says:

    Wow, the scenery is breathtaking! The color of the water is really incredible and the reflections are amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Don West says:

    That Bowie is a pretty good photographer. I assume he took the shot of you contemplating…:-)

  3. Maire Reed says:

    What adventures. I admire passion to succumb to your wanderlust. Thanks for the opportunity to live vicariously through your accounts and spectacular photography. Safe travels.

  4. Donna says:

    Thanks for sharing the beauty. My dream place to live is up in BC, but more towards the Rockies!

  5. ehpem says:

    Welcome to British Columbia – I hope you have a great time here. Love these photos – the colour of the water is terrific.

  6. Joni says:

    I bought a 2012 Rand McNally Road Atlas today so I can continue my research. Next weekend I plan to begin looking for just the right means of travel. I’d like to have a tear drop or smaller trailer like you but my car is very old and I would need to purchase an newer one. I am also thinking about buying a Class B, B+ or C in RV’s . I don’t want the “bus shaped” ones….way too big for me. I’ve promised a few family members they could travel with me at different times when it happens but I do not want a gigantic RV.

    I plan on selling my house within the next year and should have enough equity in it to get what I need. But first I plan on renting an RV in the next few months for about a month to make sure I can do it. I’m 57…. I NEED a change and you have inspired me so much. Now if I could only become a morning person it would be great. But stranger things have happened. Thank you for the encouragement. Are you ever planning on writing a book on your adventures? You should.
    Take care,

  7. ritaroberts says:

    Hi Mary,Once again thanks for those stunning photo’s. The blue colour of the lake reminds me of the sea here in Crete, but obviously not so hot for you to travel. Enjoy the rest of your journey as I will with you online.

  8. canonsett says:

    wonderful pjots- thanks

  9. Fantastic photos, as usual! Always a pleasure to read about your travels.

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  11. tnkbuzan says:

    Beautiful photography! Am looking forward to following your progress!

  12. it looks really beautiful…wish i was there instead of behind this computer……

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