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Considered one of the most breathtaking sights in Beautiful British Columbia, Garibaldi Lake is a gorgeous pond of turquoise water located within the confines of the Garibaldi Provincial Park — a wildlife protected area that lies east of the Sea to Sky Highway between Squamish and Whistler.
Garibaldi Park covers an area of almost 2000 square kilometers and it’s known for its pristine beauty and immense hiking opportunities. The park was stablished in 1927 and gets its name from the 2,678 meters high Mount Garibaldi; which in turn, was named after the 19th century Italian patriot, Giuseppe Garibaldi.
However, the highest peak in Garibaldi Park is Wedge Mountain standing at 2,891 meters high. The park opens year round and it offers over 90 km of stablished hiking trails, making it a very popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The access point to Garibaldi Lake is located about 37 km north of Squamish (19 km south of Whistler) and it takes about 2.5 km to reach the parking lot from the highway.
Getting to Garibaldi Lake from the parking lot, takes about 3 – 4 hours on a well signaled 9 km trail with an elevation gain of about 800 meters. The hike is quite moderate and pleasant as it takes you through a beautiful forest of giant Douglas-fir and red cedars. The vegetation is so lush and plentiful that it made me feel like I was walking into a fairy tale forest.
Along the trail you also find many pretty little flowers, such as the Pacific dogwood (British Columbia’s floral emblem); and there are some waterfalls, too. Once you get to Lake Garibaldi, the chipmunks come to check you out and see if they can score any snacks out of you! This is truly an impressive hike near Whistler, not to be missed!
For more information about this trail, you should check out BC Parks’ website. All the photos where I appear in this post, have been kindly provided by Alain Denis Photography. As usual, for more photos don’t forget to check out my gallery!