We made the three hour drive up past Whistler, past the Pemberton Music Festival and up a long switchback road to Joffre Lake Provincial Park early one morning.

It rained on the drive up and at the beginning of our 5.5 km route to Upper Joffre Lake – a meagre 400m elevation gain! By the time we had passed the second of the three stunning lakes, the sun was trying to break through and match their shocking beauty.

We stopped at the camp ground below the impressive Maltier Glacier to eat lunch while hoping the wind held mosquitoes at bay.

On the way back to the parking lot, we accidentally switched to the new trail that was still under construction and past a makeshift tent, kitchen and bathing space built right into the path next to a small river. I always wondered how they make these new trails – someone literally lives on the trail!

MoreĀ  photos are available on Flickr

You can also check out the super large version (19200×5400) of the glacier panorama.