It may be one of the most popular hikes in British Columbia, but Joffre Lakes won’t allow canines on the trail anymore.
As of May 15th, domestic animals of any kind will no longer be permitted to enter the Provincial Park. Sadly, it was a favourite of many dog owners, and the news may change one of their favourite outdoor activities.
Unfortunately, the rise in visitation, both human and canine, is having negative effects on the local ecosystem. According to BC Parks, even sounds or scents of dogs can cause birds and other animals like pikas to look for different habitat.
Located past Whistler near Pemberton, there are three lakes in total on this enchanting hike: upper, middle, and lower. Each of the lakes offers a pristine view of turquoise, glacier fed water surrounded by soaring mountain ranges and an endless sea of trees.
The colour of the water is stunning without an Instagram filter, and is therefore a popular place to snap photos. While the hike is nice during warmer weather, the park is magical during the winter.