With the increase in usage of Joffre Lakes Provincial Park and safety issues with vehicles parking along Highway 99, BC Parks, the Lil’wat Nation and N’Quatqua have developed a 2019 Visitor Use Management Action Plan for the Joffre Lakes area.
According to the BC Government website, some of these safety measures include:
- increasing park presence with two First Nations stewards working alongside park rangers
- expanding the parking lots to increase vehicle capacity from 250 to 450 cars to accommodate approximately 1,350 people per day
- offering a shuttle service from Duffey Lake Park parking lot to the Joffre Lakes Park trailhead
- implementing a compliance plan and towing vehicles illegally parked on Highway 99
- installing an emergency satellite phone at the Joffre Lakes trailhead as a means of communication for public safety.
Parkbus will be operating a shuttle service from the Duffey Lake Park parking lot for $10 per person on weekends during the summer and including the Monday holidays.
The parking overflow parking lot will be expanded in the early summer of 2019 and the main parking lot expanded in the Fall of 2019.
Any vehicles illegally parked on the side of the highway will be towed.