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 call the 2,678 m mountain Mount Garibaldi, after the 19th-century Italian general, Giuseppe Garibaldi.
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 interest led to the creation of a park reserve in 1920. Garibaldi Park was legislated as a Class A park in 1927, a mountainous 195,000 hectares, just 64 km north of Vancouver.
During July and August, the alpine areas of Garibaldi Park offer hikers an opportunity to view alpine flowers in bloom, a beautiful display of nature.
Please keep to designated trails. Taking shortcuts 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.
Small mammals and birds such as squirrels, chipmunks, grey jays, and flickers can often be seen. Large mammals, such as mountain goats, grizzly and black bears, deer, cougars, and wolverines also call the park home, although these are seen less frequently.