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More Parking & Shuttle Service Being Introduced At Joffre Lakes Provincial Park

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park

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Arguably the province’s most popular park, overcrowding has started to become an issue at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.

On Tuesday, a number of safety measures were introduced by BC Parks to ensure visitors have a quality time while visiting the park.

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Located 35 kilometres east of Pemberton, 183,000 people visited Joffre Lakes Provincial Park last year. This represents a 168% increase since 2010.

BC Parks, alongside the Lil’wat Nation and N’Quatqua, have created the Joffre Lakes Park Visitor Use Management Action Plan.

This plan includes:

  • Increasing park presence with two First Nations stewards working alongside park rangers;
  • Expanding the parking lots to increase vehicle capacity from 250 to 450 cars to accommodate approximately 1,350 people per day;
  • Offering a shuttle service from Duffey Lake Park parking lot to the Joffre Lakes Park trailhead;
  • Implementing a compliance plan and towing vehicles illegally parked on Highway 99; and
  • Installing an emergency satellite phone at the Joffre Lakes trailhead as a means of communication for public safety.

The parking expansion will occur in two phases. The overflow parking will be expanded in early summer, while the main lot will be expanded in the fall.

For the new shuttle bus, operated by Parkbus, it’ll run every Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays throughout the summer.

The round trip cost is $10 per person. However, some seats can be reserved online at a discounted rate of $7.

Below is the shuttle service schedule.

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park Bus Schedule

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park
Photo: Visit Joffre

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