garibaldi provincial park, canada

Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

PLACE: Garibaldi Provincial Park
LOCATION:  British Columbia, Canada
NOTORIOUS: Glacier Lakes
NEAREST AIRPORT: YVR, Vancouver (>2 hours drive)
COORDINATES: 37.9167° N, 29.1222° E
CURRENCY: Canadian Dollar

This is my chilly slice of backdoor heaven. Just knowing Garibaldi Provincial Park is just around the corner excites me beyond measure. Getting here is a hike, literally. Ouch. The drive from Vancouver is just under two hours and it’s about a 4-5 hour vertical hike in just to Garibaldi Lake. This park is absolutely massive and has a few of the most phenomenal mountain views I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

I suggest trying to get to Wedgemount Lake if you can but Garibaldi/Black Tusk will suffice. You can do no wrong. Obviously this area is best to hike in the summer months as the winters can be pretty vicious.  Bring layers – the weather can go from scorching hot to minus 15 (degrees C) in the same August day. The water looks refreshing but I was too chicken to swim in it. Maybe next time.

Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Have you swam in one of these glacier lakes? I want to hear about it!