Pemberton has some of the most scenic drives north of Vancouver. And it would be a shame not to know about them! If you’re visiting Pemberton, be sure to keep aside some time to complete some of the most scenic drives on the Sea to Sky Highway. We’ve come up with a list of routes that are best suited for your timeline (or the weather!) so you can hop in the car and go. With the gorgeous scenery and local flare, we promise you won’t be disappointed!
Scenic Drive-up the ‘Duffy’
Also known as Highway 99, the locals call this route ‘the Duffy’ due to the picturesque Duffy Lake along the way. On this drive you’ll find twisting, turning roads that lead you through mountain valleys. A perfect combination of leisure and travel. Expect to find paved roads that have several pit stop options. Some of the stops can last minutes, or hours (depending on how far you want to hike!). Once you near the end, the highway connects you through to Lillooet, which is also worth the drive. Above all, keep in mind this is a commuter highway and can be very busy on the weekends especially around Joffre Lake. Cell service is limited.
Farm Hop in the Pemberton Meadows
It’s no surprise this is the route cyclists ride during the yearly Slow Food Cycle hosted in Pemberton. To get there, leave the downtown streets and turn left – it’s that simple. In only a few short minutes you’ll realize why it’s called the Pemberton Meadows. This is a great place to catch a glimpse at the local farm scene and admire the beautiful chalets! Did all those views make you hungry? Grab some fresh, local vegetables or visit any number of breweries or distilleries along the way. If you have the time, why not ride your bike instead – it’s a great way to take in those scenic views of Mount Currie or admire the horses! Short and sweet, this drive is perfect for those who are short on time
Drive up to Anderson Lake
Wind your way past several lakes and rivers while also keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife! This scenic drive is great for families looking to get out on the water or find a dreamy picnic spot. Good news being, there are many stops with easy access for all ability levels. If you have the time, detour out to Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park to take in the backdrop of the surrounding mountain peaks or go for a swim. Anderson Lake is known for its long, narrow stretches and is very popular among boaters and paddlers. Plus, you can’t beat the views! Cell service is limited.
Beach Hop down the In-SHUCK-ch
Just outside of Pemberton, past the village of Mount Currie you’ll catch a glimpse at the scenic views of Lillooet Lake! But to get up close and personal with it, we suggest you take the In-SHUCK-ch Forest Service Road to the right. This is a perfect drive to beach hop or enjoy a sunny afternoon! We love this spot for swimming or just walking along the shoreline to see what kind of treasures have been left behind! The backdrop of mountains along the shoreline makes this drive a beautiful outing. However, if you’re really up for a long haul on a slow road, pack your swimsuit and hit up a hot spring along the way! Please note that cell service is limited, and the road will require higher clearance. Drive with caution.