I spent a couple of weeks in Whistler this past summer and hiking Joffre Lakes was pretty high on my trip bucket list! I had seen photos of the three lakes and the glacier water looks absolutely beautiful.
Although this is a bit of a drive from Whistler, it’s definitely worth the day trip. The drive itself is quite scenic and if you want you can plan it so that there are a couple of scenic stops along the way (Nairn Falls, Green Lake, etc).
I wasn’t really prepared for how strenuous the hike was going to be though. I got out of the car and made my way down the path shivering, but that didn’t last long. The hike is mostly up hill, and a lot of it is actually pretty steep. That said, you get to the middle lake before you know it and holy sh*t is it worth it!
The middle lake is my favourite of the three. There’s an adorable little bench that you can sit and have lunch or a granola bar on while you take in the view. As you continue along the trail you’ll stumble across this fallen tree, it’s a pretty epic photo spot and when I was leaving there was a lineup of people waiting their turns to get photos here!
The third lake is beautiful as well, and I didn’t know that there are actually camp sites there! When I go back (I never like to say if I go back…) I really want to camp here, I think that the sunset/sunrise would be absolutely amazing and it would be awesome to have the place completely to myself. Plus, a campfire here, epic!