Garibaldi Lake seen from Panorama Ridge

Garibaldi Lake seen from Panarama Ridge
Credit: Heather Mitchell

Garibaldi is a wilderness park located about 70 kilometres north of Vancouver, British Columbia, and just east of the Sea to Sky Highway between Squamish and Whistler. Garibaldi covers over 1,950 square kilometres.  

 

Panorama Ridge

Panarama Ridge

Garibaldi was designated as a provincial park in 1927. Golden Ears Provincial Park, which became its own park in 1967, used to be a part of Garibaldi.

 

Plantlife in Garibaldi

Plantlife in Garibaldi
Credit: Heather Mitchell

From BC Parks: "During July and August the alpine areas of Garibaldi Park offer hikers an opportunity to view alpine flowers in bloom, a beautiful display of nature."

 

Access to Garibaldi

Access to Garibaldi
Credit: Heather Mitchell

The park can be accessed at five points: Diamond Head, Black Tusk/Garibaldi Lake, Cheakamus Lake, Singing Pass, and Wedgemount Lake. They're all along Highway 99, Sea to Sky Highway, between Squamish and Pemberton. You should drive because the trailheads are located between 2 and 16 km off Highway 99. The nearest towns are Whistler and Brackendale.

 

Hiking Garibaldi

Hiking Garibaldi
Credit: Heather Mitchell

Hiking is just one of many activities available in Garibaldi. Visitors can also fish, canoe, climb, cycle, and swim. In the winter, visitors can also ski, snowshoe, and snowboard. Visit BC Parks to learn more.

 

Black Tusk as seen from Panorama Ridge

Black Tusk as seen from Panarama Ridge
Credit: Heather Mitchell

Black Tusk and Garibaldi Lake are at the heart of Garibaldi Provincial Park. The area is rich with other natural attractions, such as: Panorama Ridge, Guard Mountain, Helm Glacier, the Sphinx, Sentinel Glacier, the Table, and Castle Towers.

 

Garibaldi Lake

Garibaldi Lake
Credit: Heather Mitchell

Visitors are welcome to camp at Garibaldi Lake. The area features cooking shelters, pit toilet facilities, and more.

 

Climbing and hiking at Garibaldi

Climbing and hiking at Garibaldi
Credit: Heather Mitchell

BC Parks warn climbers and hikers: "Do not underestimate the demands of the backcountry...[you] must be in good physical condition, properly equipped, and prepared to be totally self sufficient. Take adequate clothing as mountain weather is subject to sudden change and Garibaldi Park can receive snow anytime of the year."

 

Garibaldi Provincial Park

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Credit: Heather Mitchell

Garibaldi Park is one of the most popular in the country for outdoor enthusiasts because it features diverse vegetation, an expansive geological history, an awesome snow-capped mountain, lots of wildlife, and more. The best part? You can visit any time of year.

Visit BC Parks for more info.

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