Natural Sights, Parks & Wildlife
Photo by Jason McClean
Pemberton is surrounded by a number of awe-inspiring parks all within a short driving distance from the Village of Pemberton.
Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park
Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park's 9,755 hectares (24,105 acres) protects habitat such as old-growth forests, sub-alpine and alpine environments as well as lakes for a diverse group of wildlife, including spotted owls, mountain goats as well as black and grizzly bears.
Nairn Falls Provincial Park
Nairn Falls Provincial Park, located on the Green River, shelters a forest of western hemlock, western red cedar and coast Douglas fir. The park also guards the spiritual site of the Lil'wat Nation, Nairn Falls. A 1.5-km (1-mi) hike from the parking lot leads to a viewing platform of the falls. Some unusual wildlife call this park home, including the rubber boa, one of the most cold-tolerant of snake species.
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park offers many opportunities for hiking, camping, and mountaineering. This magnificent park, home to Upper, Middle and Lower Joffre lakes, awes with its soaring, snow-capped peaks, rushing streams and ice-blue lakes. Joffre Lakes is home to much wildlife. Look for mule and coastal black deer, black bears, and mountain goats.
The Pemberton area is very active geologically and it is best to check with Forest Services to make certain of site access before heading out to hot springs in the district.
Sloquet Hot Springs
A wonderful, naturally formed hot spring located in the traditional territory of the Xa'xtsa First Nations who have been usign tehhot springs for many generations and still to this day perform spiritual and cleansing ceremonies here. The springs are located about 2 hours drive from Pemberton within a BC Recreation site nestled in a valley with the beautiful Sloquet Creek running along the southern boundary. Accessed via the InSHUCKch Forest Service Road.
Skookumchuck / Tsek Hot Springs
Skookumchuck Hot Springs, tub style pools, are loated 1.5 hours north of Pemberton along the edge of the huge Lillooet River. The name Skookumchuck means 'strong water' in the language of the Chinook people of the Pacific Northwest. Accessed via the InSHUCKch Forest Service Road.
Keyhole Hot Springs
One of the most popular hikes in the Pemberton area is Keyhole Hot Springs. This amazing natural hot springs is located up the Pemberton Meadows, deep down the Meager Creek Forestry Road. A newly renovated trail has been installed in the area, allowing you to complete the hike one way in about 35 minutes. Driving time from Pemberton to the hot springs 1 hour 15 minutes - one way!
Once you arrive at the hot springs you are greeted by three intimate tubs located along the Lillooet Lake River. Due to the popularity of the location plan to arrive early or go mid week in order to secure tubing time! For more information on this hike visit this useful link.
Meager Creek Hot Springs
NOTE: The Meager Creek Hot Springs is CLOSED INDEFINITELY.
On August 6, 2010 a massive avalanche on Capricorn Creek, one of the largest natural disasters in Canadian history, swept down into Meager Creek and pushed its way down into a portion of the Lillooet River. The Meager Forest Service Road is now closed and there is no access to Meager Hot springs.
Visit the BC Forestry Service Road website for the latest news on road status.
The Natural Wonders Along the Sea to Sky Highway
As part of Highway 99, the Sea to Sky highway winds its way from the ocean, through the Coast Mountains, past volcanoes, glaciers, dramatic valleys and coastal rainforests. Much of the spectacular landscape was created by massive energy and upheaval caused by the ongoing collision between the North American tectonic plate and the offshore oceanic plate.
Visit the Geological Survey of Canada website for details on natural wonders of the Sea to Sky Highway.
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