Natural Sights, Parks & Wildlife
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 ha (24,105 ac) 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 the Forest Service to make certain of site access before heading out to hot springs in the district.
Meagre Creek Hot Springs
NOTE: The Meagre Creek Hot Springs is closed due to the mud slide on Capricorn Creek in September 2009. As a result, access to the Hot Springs is not available. As of November 23, 2009 there is no announced date for its reopening.
Meagre Creek Hot Springs, located approximately 95 km West of Pemberton is a popular choice amongst Pemberton locals and residents of BC. Offering 3 natural rock pools, a self composting toilet and a change room the site is beautiful and well maintained operating on a nominal $5.00 daily usage fee.
Typically open May - October, Meagre Creek is located in the Coast Mountain Range. Located beside the fast flowing Meagre Creek the mountains around the springs are steep and the area is known for frequent slides and flash floods.
Other Hot Springs
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.