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

For latest safety updates, be sure to check the official BC Parks page for Joffre Lakes Provincial Park

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Taking the Essentials

Always carry the essentials and know how to use them:

  • Flashlight
  • 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.

BE AdventureSmart and BE prepared!

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