Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is one of the most popular hikes in Canada, and yet it is located in a remote region of BC. There are key things to know BEFORE you visit the park
- There is no cell phone reception anywhere in the park and no emergency services available
- Parking along the highway is strictly prohibited and walking along the highway is extremely dangerous
- Due to elevation, the weather in the park is can be 10-20 degrees lower than in Vancouver. Check weather forecast before you go!
- The lakes in the park are cold and dangerous to swim in year-round
- There is no food or water sold anywhere in the park or parking lot
- Sturdy footwear is necessary to safely pass sections of the trail
- Grizzly bears, black bears and mountain goats inhabit the park - approaching them is dangerous and illegal
AdventureSmart 3 T's:
AdventureSmart increases awareness to help reduce the number and severity of search and rescue incidents in Canada.
Trip Planning (more)
- Plan your travel route
- Know the terrain and conditions
- Check the weather
- Always fill out a trip plan (more)
- Obtain the knowledge and skills you need before heading out.
- Know and stay within your limits.
Taking the Essentials
Always carry the essentials and know how to use them:
- Fire making kit (note that fires are strictly prohibited in Joffre Lakes)
- Signalling device (i.e. whistle)
- Extra food and water
- Extra clothing
- Navigational/communication devices
- First aid kit
- Emergency blanket/shelter
- Pocket knife
- Sun protection
- Add other equipment specific to your chosen activity, season and location.
Whether you're out for a leisurely day-hike or trail run through park trails or a strenuous multi-day trek through the backcountry wilds, ensure your trip is a safe one:
- Check the weather before you leave and be prepared for it to change.
- Carry extra food & clothing – a good rule of thumb for day-trippers is to be able to stay out overnight, in case of trouble.
- Be bear aware and cougar aware. Bears and cougars aren't just in the backcountry – our parks and cities encroach on their habitat. Ensure you know what to do if you meet one.
Canada's trails are for everyone, so while you're out there remember:
- Keep to the trail. Shortcuts contribute to erosion and can destroy sensitive growth.
- Slow your pace and announce your presence/intentions when approaching other users.
- Share the trail. Downhill yields to uphill.