As a wedding photographer, having a weekend off in the summer (let alone a long weekend off) is so rare, that we had to take advantage of it!
On the Friday night before the August long weekend, we decided on a trip to Joffre Lakes. We had never explored north of Pemberton, so we were excited to tick a few of our must-do hikes off our list. Various friends had mentioned the Joffre Lakes hike before, and we’d also heard about a few fantastic hot springs.
Our little family of three loves a great adventure session. And, we like to be spontaneous about it!
Being spontaneous leads to some great exploring. But, explorers must be adaptable, which is something my boyfriend and I do well, but our “chorkie”, Buhda, on the other hand, isn’t given much of a choice.
While driving north, we decided to look for Keyhole Hot Springs. We knew that it was up the Pemberton Meadows, but didn’t have much more information. At the end of the meadows, we hit a dirt road, and drove for about an hour. Just as we were about to turn around, we saw a sign that suggested it was the wrong way.
We back tracked to another fork in the road. At the end of that road was a man and a gate. He told us that the road was closed due to landslides in the area and that there was no access to the hot springs.
We had planned to camp that night, but otherwise there wasn’t much else on our agenda. So, we decided to hit Joffre Lake on that day, instead of Sunday.
When we arrived, I felt like a bit of a hiking rookie. I know to arrive early to a popular hike, and this was midday. The parking was full, so we parked our car far from the trailhead. I also hadn’t done the research that I normally would, so I left my heavy DSLR camera in the car. I was worried that the trail was too much, and that it wouldn’t be worth the extra weight.
After arriving at the first lake, I immediately regretted leaving my camera behind. But, who would have thought the views could get better than an amazing icy blue lake. Well, it got better. The lake at the top is similar in color, but it’s much bigger and has an amazing glacier that hangs above it.
We dragged Buhda, our tiny Chorkie, up 5 kilometers of trail. She was grumpy to say the least. Sure, I had my go-pro and my iPhone camera, but I was bummed that I had left my DSLR camera behind. It felt like the hike was all for nothing, and we still had to drag Buhda back down the hill.
We camped, as planned. But, we couldn’t resist going back up the Joffre climb one more time. Day two, round two. Even the rangers were surprised to see the three of us making the grind to the top, again. We were excited to be back up top. As you can see from the photos, the lakes have a hue that is hard to describe. You just don’t see this colour in nature very often.
The Joffre Lakes hike showcases beautiful views that you just don’t see in the Lower Mainland. We’ve marked it in our minds as our current fave in the Coast Mountain Range. We wish it was closer, but it is doable in a day trip. Leave the city early to beat the crowds. It’s worth the drive!!
To all you adventure seekers out there, Family Creative Imagery would love to capture your ideal day in nature. We love to explore BC, so just call us!