Less than two hours from downtown Vancouver, Garibaldi Provincial Park epitomizes the Super, Natural British Columbia tourism tagline. Its extraordinary alpine scenery and iconic hikes to Garibaldi Lake and Black Tusk make it extremely popular with day hikers and backpackers. Despite the knowledge that we would not be alone, a couple of my hiking pals and I were lured by the beauty and proximity of this park. Our three days of backpacking took us on and off the beaten hiking path—from busy but stunning Panorama Ridge, to the overlooked gems of Mount Price and Clinker Peak.
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We thought the crowds might have thinned out by late September. No such luck. We and hundreds of other folks took advantage of our seemingly endless summer and enjoyed a classic hike in Sea to Sky Country: Garibaldi Lake. Despite the full parking lot and highway of hikers making their way up the 9 km trail to the lake, it was a splendid day. I’ve done this hike a few times and the colour of Garibaldi Lake always takes my breath away (it reminds me of the garish turquoise freezies I used to love as a kid). The lake wasn’t the only thing that screamed in technicolour, the meadows above were ablaze in Fall colours. Continue reading
I’ve done many great hikes, but once in a while there’s one that smacks me up the side of the head, reduces my vocabulary to a mantra of inadequate “wows”, and makes me believe that perhaps there is a God. Opal Cone, in the Diamond Head area of Garibaldi Provincial Park, is one of those hikes.
Walking along the rim of Opal Cone, an extinct volcano, I was overwhelmed by the views in every direction. Thick glaciers cling to towering Garibaldi Mountain and Atwell Peak. Massive Garibaldi Névé icefield stretches down the flank of the mountain, giving way to rivulets of meltwater across the rubbly, glacial moraine. Pyramid Mountain and the Mamquam Massif make a dramatic backdrop for the sandy, boulder-strewn plain with its shockingly turquoise lakes. Continue reading