Líl̓wat Nation has been working collaboratively with BC Parks and N’Quatqua over the past eight months to address the challenges we are facing from high visitor use at Joffre Lakes Park.
This summer we have been implementing the 2019 Action Plan for Joffre Lakes Park to address the pressing safety and park management issues.
Below is an update from BC Parks regarding preparations for the upcoming BC Day long weekend.
Plans for the BC Day Long Weekend
Historically, Joffre Lakes Park has been very busy on the BC Day long weekend, and with good weather in the forecast, we are expecting high visitation. As always, our focus is on ensuring our visitors have a safe experience when visiting Joffre Lakes Park.
A summary of actions is outlined below:
- Park Rangers will be conducting routine patrols, maintenance, and enforcement throughout the long weekend.
- Park Operators will be doing routine checks and maintenance of the main and overflow parking lots.
- RCMP will be patrolling the area to handle any issues that arise.
- COS will also be patrolling the area to provide support as needed.
- We will have flaggers on site to inform visitors of parking restrictions, the shuttle bus service, and improve traffic flow through the area.
- We have installed a number of signs notifying visitors that parking is prohibited on the highway. We are working on putting more permanent signage in place.
- We have finished the construction on the overflow lot and have built a walkway from the overflow lot to the main lot, to reduce the need to travel on the roadside edge to access the park. This parking expansion also helps provide more parking supply, which, when coupled with enforcement, is intended to reduce the number of cars illegally parked on the highway.
- Once the two Joffre Lakes parking lots are full, visitors have the option to pay for a shuttle bus to take them to Joffre Lakes Park.
- So far this summer we have been using the Duffey Lake Park lot for the shuttle bus staging area. However, to increase operational efficiency, we are relocating the shuttle to the Cayoosh Weather Station lot (approximately 2.5 km east of Joffre Lakes Park) for this weekend.