Garibaldi Provincial Park
Garibaldi Provincial Park
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Garibaldi Provincial Park is a favorite destination of outdoor enthusiasts: it offers a range of hiking opportunities from lush alpine meadows, wildlife viewing opportunities, alpine flowers blooming in lush meadows, and hikes ranging from a few hours to a few days using map and compass. Garibaldi Park has an interesting geological background as it was created by volcanic action which created the formation of many of the parks peaks; the Black Tusk, Price Mountain, The Table, Mount Garibaldi, the CinderCone and the Glacier Pikes just to name a few. Lava from Clinker Peak is responsible for the creation of The Barrier. Behind this natural dam 300 metre deep Garibaldi Lake was formed.
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Piyush D
Toronto, Canada24 contributions
Family
Great hike and views! The last lake has the best views and fairly unadulterated. I was surprised that many hikers started around 2 pm and didn’t feel they were camping either. For a moderate hikers you can expect around 6 hours for the hike.
Written 5 October 2021
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JJP_Steve
Ariss, Canada76 contributions
This park is worth the visit. The views from Panorama Ridge and Black Tusk are unrivaled in the area. You get Lake Louise views and colour with half the tourists and less development.
Written 18 September 2021
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Naik
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Friends
We did the 20 km Garibaldi Lake Hike! It was definitely a lot of work to get to the lake - with the first 6km being steep uphill inclination. However, you can take a lot of breaks and on the day, we went, it was a little cloudy and misty which helped us stay cool while hiking! Overall, it took us 8 hours, with a lot of little breaks in between and about an hour rest at the lake! The clouds had cleared up by the time we got there and it was an amazing view! There is usually a dry path with rocks and dirts that you go through to get to the view of the lake once you reach the edge of the lake but it was flooded when we went, so you have to dip your toes a little in the water or do some mild rock climbing/parkour to get around! A lot of people took off their shoes but we kept our shoes on and didn’t get wet.

Overall, I would highly recommend it! The path is very clear, not a lot of rocks to climb over, however, it’s definitely steep! Pack lots of water and snacks!
Written 29 August 2021
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Sophie S
Vancouver, Canada42 contributions
Friends
We went in July 2017 (see last photo) and again in September 2020. September 2020 was very hazy due to wildfire haze, but the view was still stunning. The glacier lake is incredibly blue and we even saw fishes jumping in the lake (trouts maybe??) unfortunately due to the haze my photos don’t do any justice!!

I recommend going in July (see last photo) because the last 1-2km of the trail would still be covered in snow which makes the hike more interesting (still very safe in the snow because the trail is so flat!). In July you can also see the glacier sheets covering the top of the lake and it’s stunning. In August/September the snow melts.

The hike itself is technically not difficult because it’s flat and well paced, it’s just very long but the view is absolutely worth it!

Written 22 September 2020
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Claudia
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Fantastic experience! Great views. Alpine flowers in full bloom.
Only disappointment was finding discarded noodles in the stream. Encourage people to please learn about how to properly discard food waste! Information is provided by Parks Canada upon making reservation.
Written 9 September 2020
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TnJAdvents
Winnipeg635 contributions
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Hiked to Lake Garibaldi. It’s a long hike at around 18 km so make sure you’re dressed appropriately and have good footwear. Also a climb in elevation of about 1100 m so be prepared for a strenuous hike. At this time of the year there’s snow at higher elevation so watch your step. Saw some wildlife along the way (hare, squirrels, grey jays). The views and scenery along the way are gorgeous, and Lake Garibaldi is breathtaking. Make sure to bring ample water and snacks to keep your energy level up. Also bring some lunch and drinks to take a break once you reach the lake. Give your self lots of time to complete the hike. It took us 3 hours to reach the lake with lots of photo taking along the way, and 2 hours to get back but had to use our cell phone flashlights as it was already dark. Left the lake at 3:25 which was too late. Give it a try.
Written 13 November 2019
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shalby324
Jacksonville, FL13 contributions
I won't sugarcoat it, it was really difficult to do (30km solo hike, 7 hours to complete). The start was incredibly difficult (first 6km), but once you reach the meadows it was beautiful. The final stretch was also tough, but you knew you were close to help you power through it. The view at the top over looking Lake Garibaldi was incredibly rewarding and well worth the effort. If I wasn't so cold at the top, could have spent more time up there but it was chilly (bring layers!). Took the loop down around the lake on the way back down which was also beautiful. Highly recommend for anyone physically able, it's a must do hike for outdoor enthusiasts. That said, it is challenging so I'd recommend for those in average/good physical condition. Definitely not one for kids to enjoy.
Written 3 September 2019
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Kalyan Peri
Bridgewater, NJ1,365 contributions
We did this hike on Aug 02nd 2019 .

Overall – 20 km round trip with an approximate elevation gain of 1000 meters (if we include the hike around the lake once you reach there)

I would classify this as a difficult hike with multiple switchbacks and continuous elevation gain through out especially during the first 6 km

You will finally be rewarded with the stunning Garibaldi Lake surrounded by glaciers and mountains

We took about 7 hours for the entire hike – we spent about 90 minutes at the lake (including a picnic lunch)

Getting there:
We did this hike during our recent trip to Squamish. From the hotel where we stayed – overall drive time to the trailhead was about 30+ minutes. The hike starts from the Rubble Creek Parking lot

Other items to note:
1) There are signs showing that this place is bear country, so please be mindful. But, we did not see/encounter any bears.
2) Hiking poles and hiking socks are strongly recommended
3) Garibaldi Provincial Park has other great hikes such as Panorama Ridge. If you plan to do both the hikes on the same day – please plan for 12-14 hour day
Written 24 August 2019
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wsunarko
Sydney, Australia63 contributions
Hard to reach , but worth the effort.Very beautiful lake and surrounding
Bring your own toilet paper.
Written 13 August 2019
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cdb15427
White Rock, Canada674 contributions
21 km return on a gorgeous day. The views are breathtaking. There is a steady incline for about 4km then some down and a bit up until arriving at the lakes, Clear cool water suitable for swimming. Tent platforms, outhouse, screened indoor area to escape the flies. We had a very pleasant day. Midweek so not too many bikes. Probably more traffic on weekends.
Written 9 August 2019
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