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Garibaldi Provincial Park

Please Note, as of October 23, 2014 – The heater in the Elfin Public Shelter is not working. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

New for 2014: You can now pay for your overnight camping fees for the Elfin Lakes Shelter (cabin) on the Backcountry registration site. Click on the “Get Your Backcountry Camping Permit Now” button. Once you are in Garibaldi Park on the Backcountry registration system, Elfin Cabin is now available on the drop down menu and you will be prompted to fill-in the appropriate fields in the payment section.

As of October 6, 2014

Safety Bulletins:
  • Caution:  Trail crews are working on the Garibaldi Lake Trail between 5-6 km.  Obey all signs and expect short delays.
  • Be prepared for winter conditions in alpine areas, expect snow.
  • Warning: Thieves have been known to operate in the Rubble Creek Parking Lot, 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.
  • Avalanche and glacier hazards exist in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Only experienced groups who, practiced in crevasse rescue and who are properly roped, should venture onto snowfields and glaciers.
  • Use extra caution and assess before crossing creeks/bodies of water.
  • Avalanche Bulletins are found at http://www.avalanche.ca/.
  • Wedge trail head has been moved. Turn left just before old parking lot and follow signs to new parking lot and trail head.
Please Note: Camping fees are now applicable for all camping in Garibaldi Park. Please use our online fee payment system for all areas of Garibaldi Park. BC Parks Backcountry Registration System allows you to pre-pay your overnight fees for backcountry camping, where designated.
Pay your camping fees here:

Backcountry Registration System
Alternatively it is possible to pay cash at the Diamond Head and Garibaldi Lake parking lots only!

Revenue from fees goes 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.

Trail Information

View the most recent trail report[PDF]

Diamond Head/Elfin Lakes Area:

Elfin Lakes/Diamond Head Access road is a narrow, rough mountain road. Please be advised that the road to Diamond Head 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.

Elfin Lakes Campground has been relocated to the east, and lies adjacent to the Elfin Lakes shelter. Please use the tent pads and the new day-use shelter area. Please use the clips on the tent pads to post your backcountry camping permit.

Elfin Lakes Shelter is busy on weekends. Shelter capacity is 33 people and fills up quickly. If you are planning on staying overnight, start up the trail early and bring a tent as a backup plan. You can now pay for your overnight camping fees for the Elfin Lakes Shelter (cabin) on the Backcountry registration site. Click on the “Get Your Backcountry Camping Permit Now” button. Once you are in Garibaldi Park on the Backcountry registration system, Elfin Cabin is now available on the drop down menu and you will be prompted to fill-in the appropriate fields in the  payment section.

Elfin Lakes Shelter is $15.00 per person per night.

Mamquam Lake campers should bring their own rope for making a bear-proof, hanging food cache.

Garibaldi Lake area:

Garibaldi Lake area:

Note: there are no huts for overnight use in this area.

Singing Pass Area:

Beware of multiple open creek crossings. Harmony Creek bridge was removed at 5km from Whistler Village. Use caution and assess hazards before crossing creeks, or any body of water.

Wedgemount Area:

Please follow the reroute for the first 1.5kms of trail. Please follow the signs at the parking lot. The existing trail is unsafe.

Large Groups:

(10 or more) planning a trip into Garibaldi Park are requested to register online well in advance of their trip. A Youth Group Information Package [PDF 132KB] is available for both leaders and youth as a general aid in preparing for a fun, educational and safe wilderness experience.

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;
  • Harvesting of natural resources; this includes mushrooms.

Camping

Camping is permitted in designated areas only. Be prepared to camp in outdoor conditions if facilities are full.

All camping areas, cabins, shelters, etc. in Garibaldi Provincial Park are operated on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no reservations accepted.

Safety Notes

Do not underestimate the demands of the backcountry. The hiker 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 Park can receive snow anytime of the year.

The Red Heather area in Diamond Head experiences the highest concentration of black bears within Garibaldi Park. Be bear aware when traveling through the area.

Most of the park’s lakes and rivers are glacier fed and the water is extremely cold year round.

The park access roads are subject to poor visibility. Please use caution while driving these roads. Watch for other vehicles, cyclists and wildlife.

View the Voluntary Flight Guidelines - 1990 [PDF 163KB]

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.

Please Note: Revenue from camping and shelter fees goes directly into providing park recreation services, such as maintaining trails, park roads (snow removal), and park buildings. This system will ensure that members of the public are more involved in paying for the recreation services they use.

Frequently Asked Questions [PDF 52KB]

About This Park

Garibaldi Park, named after its towering 2,678 metre peak, Mount Garibaldi, was designated as a provincial park in 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 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 kms north of Vancouver.

Offering over 90 kms of established hiking trails, Garibaldi park is a favourite year round destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Park Size: 194,650 ha

Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
 
Walk-in Backcountry Campgrounds:  
– Garibaldi Lake Campground Year round
– Taylor Meadows Campground Year round
– Red Heather Campground Winter camping only
– Elfin Campground Year round
– Helm, Cheakamus Lake, Singing Creek, Russet Lake and Wedgmount Lake Campgrounds No winter services
Campground Reservable Dates: Not applicable
Total Number of Walk-in Accessible Campsites:

– Garibaldi Lake = 50
– Taylor Meadows = 40
– Red Heather = Winter only
– Elfin = 35
– Mamquam = 3
– Helm = 9
– Cheakamus Lake = 10
– Singing Creek = 7
– Russet Lake = 7
– Wedgmount Lake = 20

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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. 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.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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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 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.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Canoeing/kayaking can be done in 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.

Youth groups planning a trip into Garibaldi Park are requested to register online well in advance of their trip. A Youth Group Information Package [PDF 132KB] is available for both leaders and youths as a general aid in preparing for a fun, educational and safe wilderness experience.
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 Park, offering skiing, boarding and snowshoeing opportunities. Many other winter opportunities exist within the Park. See Winter Use.

Snowmobiles are NOT permitted in Garibaldi Park.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Cabins / Huts / Yurts

Cabins / Huts / Yurts

Elfin Lakes offers an overnight shelter 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, propane lights and pit toilet facilities. The propane is supplied by BC Parks. No reservations are available – so be prepared to camp in outdoor conditions if the shelter facility is full. 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. There are no garbage facilities so pack out what you pack in! This facility is available year round. See Diamond Head for detailed information on the area.
Cabin Use Fee: $15.00 per person / night
Please pay your fees here:
Backcountry Registration System

Wedgemount Lake: There is a small hut which can accommodate 6 people. Camping is permitted at designated campsites on the ridge near the hut and at Wedgemount Lake near the inlet from the Armchair Glacier. There are 10 tent pads at each location with overflow camping available on the delta near the lake sites. A year-round pit toilet is located near the hut and another is erected near the lake sites during the summer season. No other amenities are provided. There are no garbage facilities so pack out what you pack in! The hut is available year round.

Russet Lake: There is a small hut available at Russet Lake near Singing Pass that can accommodate 6 people. Camping fees are in effect year round, please pay online at the bottom of this page. There are no garbage facilities so pack out what you pack in! Store all food on the hangers provided. This hut is available year round.
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. Small shelter at Russet Lake equipped with a counter and 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.

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

Backcountry camping is permitted in designated campsites only. These are located at Elfin Lakes, Mamquam Lake, Garibaldi Lake, Taylor Meadows, Helm Creek, Cheakamus Lake, Singing Creek, Russet Lake and Wedgemount Lake. Pit toilet and food storage facilities are located at all designated campsites. Fires are prohibited in Garibaldi Park.
Camping fees are charged year round for all campsites and must be paid in full before entering the park. Proof of payment must be carried at all times while in the park.

Please pay your camping fees here:

Backcountry Registration System
Alternatively it is possible to pay cash at the Diamond Head and Garibaldi Lake parking lots only!

Backcountry Camping Fee: $10.00 per person / night (persons 16 years of age and older)
Backcountry Camping Fee: $5.00 per child / night (persons 6 - 15 years of age)
Children under 6 are free.

Day-use cooking shelters are located at Red Heather, Elfin Lakes, Garibaldi Lake and Taylor Meadows. Camping is not permitted in day-use shelters. Youth groups planning a trip into Garibaldi Park are requested to register online well in advance of their trip. A Youth Group Information Package [PDF 132KB] is available for both leaders and youths as a general aid in preparing for a fun, educational and safe wilderness experience.
Winter Camping

Winter Camping

Winter camping is allowed but please be aware of the extreme winter conditions that can occur at this park. Check the trail updates noted in the Attention Visitor section.