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Park Contact

This park proudly operated by:
Sea to Sky Park Services Ltd.
604 986-9371
info@seatoskyparks.com
seatoskyparks.com

Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Smoking is prohibited
During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin.

Garibaldi Provincial Park

About This Park

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Garibaldi Provincial Park, named after its towering 2,678 metre peak, Mount Garibaldi, was established March 7, 1927. In honour of the 19th century Italian patriot, Giuseppe Garibaldi, the park is known for its natural beauty and its endless hiking opportunities.

Garibaldi Provincial Park’s rich geological history, diverse vegetation, snow-capped mountain, iridescent waters, abundant wildlife and scenic vistas all contribute to the immense beauty. The park is located in the heart of the Coast Mountains just 70 km north of Vancouver.

Offering over 90 km of established hiking trails, Garibaldi Provincial Park is a favourite year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Know Before You Go

Prohibited Activities

  • Use of motorized vehicles including snowmobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, trail bikes and similar conveyances are restricted to park roads and parking lots.
  • Domestic animals (dogs/pets);
  • Fires;
  • Arriving or departing from the park by aircraft - View the Voluntary Flight Guidelines [PDF] (1990);
  • Use of drones
  • Harvesting natural resources; including mushrooms.
  • Use of camping hammocks due to high use levels and damage to small trees

Stay Safe

More on Backcountry Safety Education. This video was filmed pre-COVID-19. Follow current PHO guidelines when visiting BC Parks.
  • Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Operations requests all visitors skiing into their boundaries from the backcountry areas to call the number below and get the latest safety information. Mountain Operations continues to make all areas within their resort as safe as possible for all visitors. Calling this number will ensure you are not unknowingly entering into an unsafe area.

    Ski Area Boundary Status: (604) 905-2324. You will hear a voicemail tree; ‘1’ for the Whistler boundaries, ‘2’ for the Blackcomb boundaries, ‘3’ is for the weather forecast.

  • Be prepared for winter conditions in all of Garibaldi Park. Most hiking trails are covered in snow which will make route finding difficult.
  • Do not underestimate the demands of the backcountry. Hikers 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 Provincial Park can receive snow anytime of the year.
  • Avalanche and glacier hazards exist in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Only experienced groups who are practiced in crevasse rescue and who are properly equipped, should venture onto snowfields and glaciers.
  • Most of the park’s lakes and rivers are glacier fed and the water is extremely cold year-round.
  • Snowshoes or skis and skins are required for winter travel in the park.
  • Most access roads for are not plowed in winter months. Check our trail report for more details. Access to the park requires winter tires and snow chains in the winter months. Those travelling the road must be equipped and prepared for a self-rescue in case of an emergency. Park access roads are subject to poor visibility. Please use caution and watch for other vehicles, cyclists and wildlife.
  • Thieves have been known to operate in the Rubble Creek and Elfin Lakes parking lots, targeting vehicles and personal property of park users. Be sure you remove all valuables from your vehicle prior to leaving it unattended, and leave unnecessary belongings at home. If you have any information regarding these incidents, please contact Squamish RCMP at 604 892-6100.

Diamond Head/Elfin Lakes Area

  • Mamquam Lake campground is permanently closed for overnight use. All overnight campers must use the new Rampart Ponds campground located 1.5 km before Mamquam Lake.
  • The Red Heather area in Diamond Head experiences the highest concentration of black bears within Garibaldi Provincial Park. Be bear aware when traveling through the area.

Garibaldi Lake Area

  • Black Tusk/Garibaldi Lake access: the Rubble Creek road is not plowed to the parking lot in the winter months. Please do not block the driveways on the main road.
  • Note: There are no huts for overnight use in this area.

Singing Pass Area

  • Caution: The Singing Pass Trail is hazardous in many sections. Use caution when crossing Harmony Creek (as there is no bridge) and at the old road slump.
  • Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Operations requests all visitors skiing into their boundaries from the backcountry areas to call the number below and get the latest safety information. Mountain Operations continues to make all areas within their resort as safe as possible for all visitors. Calling this number will ensure you are not unknowingly entering into an unsafe area.

    Ski Area Boundary Status: (604) 905-2324. You will hear a voice mail tree; ‘1’ for the Whistler boundaries, ‘2’ for the Blackcomb boundaries, ‘3’ is for the weather forecast.

Wedgemount Area

  • Be prepared for winter conditions. Hiking poles and micro-spikes/yaktrax recommended.

    Please note: The outhouse near the lakeshore campground has been removed for the winter as this area is prone to avalanches. During the winter season please camp in the upper campground near the hut.

  • Please follow the reroute for the first 1.5 km of trail. Please follow the signs at the parking lot. The old trail routing is unsafe.

Barrier Civil Defence Zone

The area below and adjacent to the Barrier, a geological feature upholding Garibaldi Lake is considered hazardous. Although imminent danger is unlikely, special regulations are in effect to make you aware of the potential danger and to minimize the risk to life and property in the event of a landslide. Posted signs identify the Civil Defence Zone. Do not camp, stop or linger while traveling through the zone. Camping or remaining overnight at or near the Garibaldi Lake parking lot is prohibited. Developed campgrounds are located nearby at Alice Lake and Nairn Falls Provincial Parks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]

Reservations

Make A Reservation

Free Day-Use Pass Reservations

As of June 23, 2021, free day-use passes will be required to visit the Diamond Head (Elfin Lakes), Rubble Creek (Garibaldi Lake), and Cheakamus Lake Trailheads. Reserve your free day-use pass at Discover Camping. Passes are available to book starting at 7am, one day in advance of your planned visit.

Trail or Trailhead Pass required Timing Overnight stays
Diamond Head (Elfin Lakes) and Rubble Creek (Garibaldi Lake) Vehicle – Maximum of 8 people per vehicle. ALL DAY – Allows for arrival any time of the day. Day-use pass not required for overnight campers – a camping reservation is required and must be carried at all times.
Cheakamus Vehicle – Maximum of 8 people per vehicle. AM/PM – AM pass requires an arrival before 1pm. PM pass requires an arrival after 1pm.

Find out more about BC Parks’s free day-use pass program. Please recreate responsibly.


Backcountry Camping Reservations

  • Garibaldi Reservation Policies
  • Garibaldi Frequently Asked Questions
  • Reservations are required for all overnight stays year-round. There is no option to pay with cash – pre-pay online or through the call-center by credit card only.
  • Youth groups and large groups (10+) planning a trip into Garibaldi Provincial Park are requested to register online well in advance of their trip in addition to making a reservation.
    Youth Group information document
  • Revenue from camping and shelter fees go directly into providing park recreation services, such as maintaining trails, park roads (snow removal), and park buildings. This system ensures that members of the public are more involved in paying for the recreation services they use.

Kees and Claire Hut Reservations

Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only; they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only; they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Five park access points are located along Highway 99, Sea to Sky Highway, between Squamish and Pemberton. Vehicle access is recommended as the five trailheads are located anywhere from 2 km to 16 km off Highway 99. Other nearby communities include Whistler and Brackendale.

To simplify finding information, the five Garibaldi Provincial Park access points are listed as they are found traveling along Highway 99, Sea to Sky Highway, south to north.

Park Bus

This park is serviced by Parkbus

Did you know Parkbus is an environmentally friendly, affordable transportation service from downtown Vancouver to select BC Parks? To find out more about Parkbus, as well as their routes and schedules, check www.parkbus.ca or contact them at 1-800-928-7101.


 

Maps and Brochures

Clark Geomatics
Click the map above to visit Clark Geomatic’s website to purchase your own Garibaldi topographic map!

Nature and Culture

  • History: In 1860, while carrying out a survey of Howe Sound on board the Royal Navy survey ship H.M.S. Plumper, Captain George Henry was impressed by a towering mountain dominating the view to the northeast. Captain Richards chose to name the 2,678 metre mountain Mount Garibaldi, after the great 19th century Italian patriot and soldier, Giuseppe Garibaldi, a guerrilla general whose exploits and valour were held in high esteem. In 1907, a party of six Vancouver climbers reached the summit of Mount Garibaldi. The views from the peak inspired the establishment of summer climbing camps at Garibaldi Lake. This early interest led to the creation in 1920 of a park reserve. Garibaldi Provincial Park was legislated as a Class A park in 1927, a 195,000 hectare mountain wilderness just 64 kilometres north of Vancouver.
  • Conservation: During July and August the alpine areas of Garibaldi Provincial Park offer hikers an opportunity to view alpine flowers in bloom, a beautiful display of nature. Please keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure in fragile alpine meadows. Trail erosion by rain and melting snow occurs rapidly as a result. BC Parks asks for your cooperation as we help to repair damaged areas. Please help by obeying posted signs.
  • Wildlife: Small mammals and birds such as squirrels, chipmunks, grey jays, and flickers can often be seen. Large mammals such as mountain goats, deer, cougars, wolverines, grizzly and black bears, also call the park home, although are seen less frequently.

Management Planning

Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Canoeing/kayaking can be done on Cheakamus Lake only. Boats cannot be stored in the park. Camping is permitted in designated sites only. See Cheakamus Lake for trail access information.
Climbing / Rapelling

Climbing

There are several excellent, granite alpine climbing locations throughout the park. Park visitors should research the peak or route information by using the most current guidebook(s) for the area. Or contact the Alpine Club of Canada or BC Federation of Mountain Clubs for more detailed information.
Note: climbing the Black Tusk is not recommended due to loose, unstable rock.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles are only permitted on the following two trails. Bicycles must keep to designated roadways and trails.
  • Diamond Head: from the parking lot to the Elfin Lakes shelter. Bicycles are not permitted beyond this point and must stay on the main trail. Rock and gravel trail surface.
  • Cheakamus Lake: from the parking lot to Singing Creek. Bicycles are not permitted past the bridge on the Helm Creek Trail. Dirt trail surface.
Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. Failure to comply with Park Regulations may result in a fine.
Fishing

Fishing

There are limited opportunities for fishing at this park. There is fishing available at Garibaldi Lake, Cheakamus Lake and Mamquam Lake. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

Access to the park is by developed trail systems along the western boundary of the park. Signs along Highway 99 lead to trailheads for the five most popular areas of the park as listed above. Parking is available at the trailheads. It is also possible to access the park from the lift systems at the Whistler / Blackcomb ski areas. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure which can lead to erosion.

In addition to making the required reservation, youth groups planning a trip into Garibaldi Provincial Park are requested to register online well in advance of their trip.

Swimming

Swimming

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks. There is swimming at Elfin Lakes (permitted in the “Swimming Lake” only), Garibaldi Lake, Cheakamus Lake, Russet Lake and Wedgemount Lake. Most of the lakes are glacier fed and extremely cold.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Diamond Head is the main area of winter recreation in Garibaldi Provincial Park, offering skiing, boarding and snowshoeing opportunities. Many other winter opportunities exist within the park. See Winter Use.

Snowmobiles are not permitted in Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Facilities Available at this Park

Cabins / Huts

Cabins / Huts

Elfin Lakes Shelter requires reservations year-round and offers overnight use equipped with bunks for 33 people (11 double bunks, 11 single bunks), 4 picnic tables, 4 propane burners, counters with 2 wash sinks, a propane heater, solar powered and pit toilet facilities. The propane is supplied by BC Parks. There are no garbage facilities so pack out what you pack in! Store all food on the hangers provided. Leave facilities as you found them or cleaner. See Diamond Head for detailed information on the area.

Elfin Shelter Fee (includes permit): $15.00 per adult / night (16 years of age and older), $10.00 per child / night (age 6 to 15), children 5 and under are free
Make A Reservation

Kees and Claire Hut: The Spearhead Hut Society offers access to the Kees & Claire Hut located at Russet Lake in the Singing Pass area of Garibaldi Park. The Kees & Claire Hut is operated independently under a Park Use Permit authorization. Reservations available at spearheadhuts.org.

The Kees and Claire Hut has received approval from BC Parks to re-open their operations as of June 2021. The Spearhead Hut Society has taken all necessary steps and precautions required to safely meet all PHO, Covid-19, Worksafe BC requirements, conditions and restrictions as per BC’s Restart Plan. Kees & Clair Hut COVID-19 safety plan.

Wedgemount Lake: There is a small hut available as an emergency shelter and bear cache. There are no garbage facilities so pack out what you pack in!

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Water is available in lakes and streams. All drinking water must be filtered, boiled and/or otherwise treated before consumption. Wash all dishes and conduct personal hygiene at least 30 metres from the water source. Dispose of waste water in the shelter sink or in campground pit toilets.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

All picnic areas of the park are accessible only by hiking in. All picnic areas have pit toilet facilities. Day-use cooking shelters are located at Red Heather, Garibaldi Lake and Taylor Meadows. Camping is not permitted in the shelters.

Diamond Head: Red Heather day-use shelter offers 2 picnic tables, counters with a wash sink, 2 propane burners, a wood stove (winter only), and pit toilet facilities. Elfin Lakes offers 2 outdoor picnic tables, a day-use shelter with 4 picnic tables, counters with 2 wash sinks, and pit toilet facilities.

Black Tusk/Garibaldi Lake: Garibaldi Lake offers 4 outdoor picnic tables, 4 day use shelters each with 2 picnic tables, counters, wash sinks, and pit toilet facilities. Taylor meadows offers 2 day-use shelters, each with 2 picnic tables, counters, wash sink and pit toilet facilities.

Cheakamus Lake: No picnic tables. Various scenic spots around the lake to picnic in a natural setting. Pit toilet facilities are provided.

Singing Pass: No picnic tables. There is plenty of room outside in a beautiful alpine setting. Pit toilet facilities are provided.

Wedgemount Lake: No picnic tables. Small shelter at Wedgemount Lake with limited seating. Although this shelter is not recommended for picnicking, there is plenty of room outside in a beautiful alpine setting. Pit toilet facilities are provided.

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit toilets are located at all designated camping areas, day-use sites and trailheads. Supply your own toilet paper. There are no garbage facilities so pack out what you pack in! In no instance should garbage ever be placed in the toilet facilities!
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Reservations are required year-round for all overnight stays in Garibaldi Provincial Park. All campers must produce proof of reservation; failure to do so can result in an eviction and fines. Camping fees apply in all areas of the park.

Youth groups and large groups (10+) planning a trip into Garibaldi Provincial Park are requested to register online well in advance of their trip in addition to making a reservation.

Camping is permitted in the following areas:

Pit toilet and food storage facilities are located at all designated campsites. No facilities provided in Wilderness Camping Zone.

Day-use cooking shelters are located at Red Heather, Elfin Lakes, Garibaldi Lake and Taylor Meadows. Camping is not permitted in day-use shelters.

Backcountry Camping Fee: $10.00 per person/night (persons 16 years of age and older), $5.00 per child/night (persons 6 – 15 years of age), children 5 and under are free

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Winter Camping

Winter Camping

Winter camping is allowed but be aware of the extreme winter conditions that can occur at this park. Check the trail report before heading out.