Joffre Lake + 8 More Hikes & Lakes in Pemberton
Joffre Lake Provincial Park is comprised of 3 beautiful alpine lakes - Lower Joffre, Middle Joffre, and Upper Joffre Lake. Located just off the Duffey Lake Road, the park is approximately a 40 minute drive north of Pemberton towards Lillooet.
Probably the most popular hike in the Pemberton area, Joffre Lake is rated as the #1 thing to do in Pemberton on Tripadvisor. The Joffre Lake Hike attracts thousands of visitors, all year-round, who want to check out the 3 stunning glacier-fed lakes for themselves.
Joffre Lake Hike
Time: 4 Hours
Distance: 11km round trip
Elevation Gain: 370m (1,214ft)
However, Joffre Lake isn’t the only hike in the Pemberton area. There are plenty of other gorgeous hikes you can do while you’re in town. Plus, if you’re here during the summer there’s lots of other lakes to spend your time at as well!
Best Hikes in Pemberton
Pemberton is proud to have some of the best hikes in the Coast Mountains. With plenty of outdoor areas to explore you can enjoy the spectacular views and a little exercise. Spring and early summer is a great time to visit the hiking trails around Pemberton. Check out the stats of the hikes below and head on over to our list of the best hikes in the Pemberton area to learn more about each one!
Nairn Falls Hike
Time: 1.5 hours
Distance: 3km round trip
Elevation Gain: minimal
Tenquille Lake Hike
Time: 5 Hours (with 4WD access to trailhead)
Distance: 12km round trip (with 4WD access to trailhead)
Elevation Gain: 457m (1,500ft)
Marriot Basin/Rohr Lake Hike
Time: 5 Hours for Rohr, 8 hours for Marriott
Distance: 9km round trip to Rohr, 16 km round trip to Marriott Basin
Elevation Gain: 370m (1,214ft)
Cerise Creek Hike
Time: 3.5 Hours (from the original trailhead)
Distance: 8km round trip
Elevation Gain: 305m (1,000ft)
Lakes to Visit in Pemberton
Joffre may be Pemberton’s most ‘known-of’ lake but it certainly isn’t the only one. Pemberton has lots of choices when it comes to cooling down during the summer months.
One Mile Lake
One Mile Lake is right at the entrance to Pemberton, just off Highway 99. One Mile is a popular destination at any time of year because of its easy accessibility. Plus, the lake has a park at the south end with picnic tables, a fire pit, designated swim area, and dock. Or you can visit the north end which has a dog park and walking trails towards town. All these are connected with a nice boardwalk trail that loops around the lake, making it perfect for a walk during all seasons.
Mosquito & Ivey Lake
Most locals go-to lake for a quick dip after work, Mosquito and Ivey Lake are located side by side on the top of Ried Road. Mosquito has a great network of trails around the lake which are popular with mountain bikers and trail runners. Being the warmest of Pembertons surrounding lakes, the docks at Mosquito can get quite busy during the weekends. However, if you bring some floaties you’ll have plenty of space for yourself.
Birkenhead Lake is a popular spot for camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking, and mountain biking. Located approximately 60km out of Pemberton, Birkenhead Provincial Park is home to a variety of wildlife and old growth forests.
Located in the community of D'Arcy, 45 minutes north of Pemberton, is beautiful Anderson Lake. This massive 21km long lake is an extremely popular spot for boaters, waterskiers, and wakeboarders. Notably colder than most of the other lakes on this list, Anderson is the perfect place to take a plunge during the hot summer days.
Events, Activities, and More in Pemberton
Hiking and lakes isn’t all Pemberton has to offer though. From signature events like the Slow Food Cycle and 4x4 Rally to outdoor activities such as golfing or ice fishing – Pemberton has tons of things for visitors to do. If you’re looking for more fun things to do while you’re in Pemberton check out our Essential Guide to Pemberton.
Posted: Friday, February 21, 2020