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Pemberton Winter Hiking


Many BC Provincial Parks now require Day-Use Passes including Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. Please visit the BC Parks website for more details!

Whether you're a local or just a visitor to Pemberton, the many hiking trails in the valley are a fantastic way to pass the time in the fall or winter. There's still plenty of hikes and activities to do during the winter! One of Pemberton's most well known summer hikes, Joffre Lake, is a very popular winter destination due to it's beautiful alpine setting.

Joffre Lakes

Joffre Upper Lake Hike Winter

This spot is quickly becoming the quintessential "must do" activity in Pemberton, and for a good reason. Joffre Lakes is one of the most beautiful spots in our province and dare I say; top 100 in all of Canada. The lakes offer some of the most spectacular scenery you will ever see. The hike is famous for its three glacier-fed lakes fittingly called Lower, Middle, and Upper Joffre Lakes. In order to get to Joffre Lake Provincial Park, you drive out east of the Village of Pemberton for about 35 minutes. The area has a large parking lot where you will find the hikes trailhead. If you're looking for directions learn more about hiking Joffre Lakes.

Take a winter photo tour of the Joffre Lakes!

Driving Directions from Our Lodge to Joffre Lakes Parking Lot

Nairn Falls

Nairn Falls Winter

No trip to Pemberton is complete without visiting Pemberton's Nairn Falls. This beautiful Provincial Park is flush with wonderful walking trails and hikes.

The main draw of the park is the breath taking double waterfall. This amazing force of nature is a huge draw and is listed as the number #1 thing to do in Pemberton by

Nairn Falls Provincial Park is conveniently located within a 2 minute drive from the Pemberton Valley Lodge. Once you arrive at the parking lot the total hike time is 15 to 20 minutes each way. We recommend visitors plan for an hour there and back.

When you arrive at the waterfalls you will be greeted by a fantastic viewing deck. From here you can take in the beautiful sights of the upper falls area. A short walk down the lower falls and you will be greeted to close up views of the awesome power of the lower falls. This short but rewarding hike is a great way to get outside for a quick escape into the Pemberton wilderness. If you're looking for directions learn more about the Nairn Falls hike.

We have included a video from a hike we took to Nairn Falls in December 2106. Check it out!

Hike Round-Trip Directly from the Lodge

See this map for details of our favourite trail to access Nairn Falls directly from the Lodge.

Drive + Hike Directly from the Lodge

Prefer the "shorter" way to get to Nairn Falls from the Lodge? No problem. You can drive from the Lodge to the Nairn Falls Provincial Park parking lot, then follow the trail to the falls. See this map for details. (NOTE: Section "A" shows driving directions. Section "B" shows the hiking trail.

Short Hike Up Pemberton Valley

This short hike to the 'Dark Forest' trail overlooks the Pemberton Music Festival grounds. Access to the trailhead is a very short drive from the Lodge.

A Very Short Drive from Pemberton Valley Lodge

This map shows the short drive from the Lodge to the parking lot where you can begin your hike. Of course, you could walk the entire way as well! From the parking lot head towards the mountain and take the first left. Follow the forestry road for about 25 minutes (one way) to a clearing. This is where you catch some outstanding views of the Pemberton Valley!

Be Prepared BEFORE Visiting the Backcountry!

IMPORTANT! While we have added some Winter Hiking Tips below we also highly recommend that you review an excellent post from the team at Adventure Smart before visiting the backcountry entitled "Winter Safety". Planning your trips, letting other know about your trip plans, being fit enough for your chosen hike, and have the proper gear is critical for a safe and fun experience!

If you are entering terrain that is in potential avalanche areas you should also strongly consider Avalanche Skills Training (AST) courses like those offered by Extremely Canadian, as well and even consider hiking with a certified guide.

Winter Hiking Tips

Whistler Alternative

When visiting Whistler, consider staying at Pemberton Valley Lodge. We offer several advantages over Whistler hotels…

 1  Only 20 minutes

You can get to the Village faster from our Lodge than you can from some parts of Whistler Resort.

 2  Save money

Whistler hotels typically charge for parking. We don't. And you get bigger rooms for your dollar.

 3  Great Perks

Get complimentary super fast WiFi, complimentary bike rentals, and optional keyless room entry!

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