Named for glacier-ringed Mount Garibaldi (2,678-meters) Garibaldi Provincial park is a hiker's paradise. The park offers over 90 km of trails just a 1.5-hour drive from Vancouver. It serves as a gateway to the rugged Coast Mountains, where grizzlies, black bears, wolverines, cougars, and other wildlife roam.
To enter the park, drive north from Vancouver. There are five access points along the Sea-to-Sky Highway: Diamond Head, Black Tusk/Garibaldi Lake, Cheakamus Lake, Singing Pass, and Wedgemount Lake. Check the trail report, available on the BC Parks page, before you go to ensure that your preferred trails are open for business.
You can also use the park's bus service as a more eco-friendly option.
Garibaldi is home to ten campgrounds in addition to numerous wilderness camping opportunities. Most campsites are open year-round. See the Permits section below for more information on making reservations.
When to Go
The park is open year-round, but peaks season occurs during the summer months, which offer a respite from shoulder season rain. Go in July or August to see alpine wildflowers in bloom, or in the winter for snowshoeing and hut skiing. There are several backcountry skiing areas maintained by the park service. However, keep in mind that most access roads are not plowed during the winter.
All camping in Garibaldi Provincial Park requires a permit, reserved and paid for in advance. You can secure a campsite online through the BC Parks website. You can reserve a wilderness camping permit online as well.