Last weekend, E and I traveled up north of Vancouver to spend the night in Whistler, and then go on up north to the town of Pemberton and hike the Joffre Lakes trail. We had a lovely night in Whistler, but the real gem of the trip was the hike. The trail is a fairly easy one with only about a 400m incline over 5km, and snakes around 3 breathtaking crystal blue lakes.
The weather was a balmy 60 degrees and the sun was out when we set off Sunday morning. We drove up about 45 minutes from Whistler to the trail head. Within the first 5 minutes you reach the first lake, pictured above, which is itself a sight worth the whole trip. From there, we hiked on another 3 km over boulders and switchbacks that make you feel like you must be hiking the whole 400m up in one shot. Then, you reach the second lake and it literally takes your breath away. This lake is turquoise blue and completely clear, and a sight you will never forget.
The pictures truly do not do it justice…
After staying awhile to revel in the natural beauty, we hiked on another 2km to the third lake. This lake was an even lighter shade of turquoise and, being above the tree line, was stark and barren in comparison to the first two. Just above it was the most spectacular view of the glacier which peeked through the snow. Once we got the the top, and sat down to eat our sandwiches, it began to rain which quickly turned to hail. That was our queue to head down.
The whole hike only took us about 3 and a half hours, and that included a lot of breaks and stops to gawk!
It was an amazing trip, and I highly recommend it to anyone planning a trip to beautiful British Columbia.