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Joffre Lakes Park Announces Public Reopening on September 19

Joffre Lakes Park (British Columbia, Canada) is set to reopen its gates for regular public access on Tuesday, September 19. However, in observance of the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, the park will remain closed on September 30, with backcountry camping reservations and day-use passes being unavailable for September 29-30.

In a collaborative move, The Nations and the Provincial authorities have committed to sustained discussions throughout the upcoming year and into spring 2024. Their focus will be on formulating a comprehensive plan that addresses park access, its management, and the cultural protection measures essential for the forthcoming camping and recreational seasons.

This reopening comes after a period of closure initiated by the Lil’wat and N’Quatqua First Nations for cultural activities in the region they hold dear as Pipi7iekw.

This decision by the First Nations aimed to preserve and engage in their cultural practices, reflecting the deep-rooted significance of the park in their heritage. 

Joffre Lakes isn’t just a tourist hotspot; it’s a testament to the region’s rich glacial history. The turquoise-blue waters of the lakes, a result of glacial silt, have been a magnet for visitors, with the park witnessing a staggering 222% increase in footfall from 2010 to 2019, a report from CTV News revealed. This surge in popularity, amplified by social media, has brought the park to the limelight, making its management crucial.

The ongoing negotiations between the provincial government and the First Nations highlight the challenges of balancing tourism with cultural preservation. The discussions, which have been underway since December 2018, aim to chart a path for the park’s future, ensuring it remains accessible to the public while respecting its cultural significance.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 will see the park’s closure, underscoring the importance of recognizing and honoring the First Nations’ history and contributions. This day serves as a reminder of the broader context in which the park operates, where nature and culture intertwine.

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park stands as a symbol of natural splendor and cultural heritage. Its reopening is not just a nod to its popularity but a testament to the collaborative efforts of the provincial government and the First Nations in preserving a shared legacy.


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