422 Views 2012-09-01
This is the lower Joffre Lakes envelopped in a thick fog that doesn’t seem to clear any time soon.
Steeply rising from Lower Joffre Lake, the glacier-laden peaks are visible from an easily accessible viewpoint 500 metres from the parking lot. If you carry on, the trail becomes a rough, rocky and steep hike through the Coast Mountain range. Evidence of the park’s glacial history can be found in the U-shaped valleys, glacial silts and lateral moraines. This magnificent area of jagged peaks, icefields, cold rushing streams and turquoise blue lakes was established as a recreation area in 1988 and became a Class A park in 1996.
A highlight of the park is the turquoise blue waters of Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre lakes:
all three of which are located along the trail, and each more stunning than the last.
Their striking, saturated blue colour is caused by “rockflour” – or glacial silt – that is suspended in the water and reflects green and blue wavelengths of sunlight. Joffre Lakes Provincial Park has opportunities for hiking, camping, mountaineering, wildlife viewing, and fishing.
Park Size: 1,460 hectares, ref: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpg...
Copyright: Yannik Hay
Lens: EF 17-40mm f/4L USM@17 mm