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Garibaldi Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Backcountry Public Safety Announcement for Garibaldi Provincial Park, Spearhead Area
Visitors returning from Garibaldi Provincial Park via Whistler or Blackcomb ski or controlled areas are advised to contact Whistler-Blackcomb to determine the status of the area and if it is closed for avalanche control. Please contact them at 604-905-2324; option 1 is for Whistler Mountain Status, option 2 is for Blackcomb Mountain Status and option 3 is for weather.
Visitors are reminded that difficult winter conditions may exist in the park and only experienced groups who are properly equipped and self-sufficient should venture into the backcountry. Always check local Avalanche Canada Bulletins and the BC Parks’ website regarding information and required permits for overnight stays in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Reservations are required year-round to stay overnight in Garibaldi Provincial Park
This includes campgrounds, wilderness areas and summer and winter traverse routes.
Cheakamus Forest Service Road closed Monday – Friday, weekly
Beginning December 10, 2019, work crews will be conducting forest fire fuel treatment in the lands adjacent to the Cheakamus FSR, which accesses the trails to Cheakamus Lake and Helm Creek. This road will be closed to the public weekly from Monday – Friday, until further notice.
About This Park
Garibaldi Provincial 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 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.
Established Date: April 29, 1920
Park Size: 194,676 ha
Dates of OperationAll dates are subject to change without notice
|Campground||Number of Reservable Sites||Main Camping Season
(full services and fees)
|Reservable Dates||Winter Camping Season
(some services and/or fees may be reduced)
|Garibaldi Lake Campground||50||year-round||year-round|
|Taylor Meadows Campground||40||year-round||year-round|
|Red Heather Campground||15||winter camping only||Dec. 1, 2019 – April 29, 2020||Dec. 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020|
|Elfin Lakes Campground||35||year-round||year-round|
|Elfin Lakes Shelter||33||year-round||year-round|
|Helm Creek Campground||30||year-round||year-round|
|Cheakamus Lake Campground||8||year-round||year-round|
|Singing Creek Campground||6||year-round||year-round|
|Russet Lake Campground||7||year-round||year-round|
|Wedgmount Lake Campground||20||year-round||year-round|
|Rampart Ponds Campground||12||year-round||year-round|
Know Before You Go
Reservations are required year-round for all camping in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Dogs and fires are prohibited in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Garbage facilities are not provided in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Pack out what you pack in.
- 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.
- Caution: Access roads in winter – Please be advised that most access roads for Garibaldi Provincial Park 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.
- Warning: 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
- Starting January 2, 2018, reservations are required year-round for Elfin Lakes Shelter and Elfin Lakes campground.
- 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. Starting January 2, 2018, reservations are required year-round for Rampart Ponds Campground.
- 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.
- Reservations are required at Garibaldi Lake and Taylor Meadows campgrounds year-round starting January 2, 2018.
- 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.
- Reservations are required year-round for Russet Lake Campground, starting January 2, 2018.
Current Trail Conditions
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.
- Reservations are required year-round for Wedgemount Lake Campground, starting January 2, 2018.
- 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);
- Arriving or departing from the park by aircraft - View the Voluntary Flight Guidelines [PDF] (1990);
- Harvesting of natural resources; this includes mushrooms.
- Camping reservations are required year-around for all overnight stays, see Walk-in/Wilderness camping section for more details.
- Please note that due to high use levels in Garibaldi and damage to small trees, camping hammocks are not permitted in the park.
Youth and Large Groups
- In addition to making the required reservation, large groups (10 or more) planning a trip into Garibaldi Provincial Park are requested to register online well in advance of their trip. Large groups must ensure the appropriate number of tentpads are booked for the group.
- For youth and school groups, please review this Youth Group information document for information on making your reservation and planning your group trip to the park.
Barrier Civil Defence ZoneThe 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
- Questions and answers about reservations
- More details about making a reservation at Garibaldi Provincial Park
- Attention Campers: Overnight fees are in effect in Garibaldi Provincial Park year-round.
- Reservations are required for all campgrounds in Garibaldi Provincial Park year-round via the Discover Camping Reservation Service.
Important changes to the payment system:
- There is no option to pay with cash – pre-pay online or through the call-center by credit card only.
- All reservations must be purchased in advance by 5:00 PM on the day of arrival.
- Camping fees apply in all areas of Garibaldi Provincial Park.
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.
Location and Maps
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.
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
- Park Map [PDF] (updated June 2008)
- Campground Maps:
- Wilderness Camping Area [PDF 8.48MB]
To access more maps for B.C., see Geographic Data & Services.
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 Information
- The management plan for Garibaldi Provincial Park was approved in 1990. In Feb 2014 a management plan amendment was approved to provide more specific management direction to the Spearhead area of the park.
Activities Available at this Park
Note: climbing the Black Tusk is not recommended due to loose, unstable rock.
- 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.
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.
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
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): $10.00 per child / night (age 6 to 15)
Children 5 and under are free
$6 plus tax per party/night (up to 4 people) to a maximum of $18 plus tax – this is in addition to shelter fees. If paying by Call Centre, an additional $5 surcharge applies.
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!
Russet Lake: There is a small hut available as a cooking shelter and bear cache at Russet Lake near Singing Pass. There are no garbage facilities so pack out what you pack in! Store all food on the hangers provided.
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
- Reservations are required year-round for all overnight stays in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
- Camping fees apply in all areas of the park.
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 5 and under are free
- All campers must produce proof of reservation; failure to do so can result in an eviction and fines.
- Reservations can be made up to 4 months in advance of your arrival date via our Discover Camping Reservation Service.
- Camping is permitted in the following areas:
- Designated campsites: Elfin Lakes, Rampart Ponds, Garibaldi Lake, Taylor Meadows, Helm Creek, Cheakamus Lake, Singing Creek, Russet Lake, Wedgemount Lake, and Red Heather (winter camping only)
- Wilderness camping zone (available only to mountaineers, climbers, ski tourers, and other visitors with advanced skills in wilderness travel and camping)
Pit toilet and food storage facilities are located at all designated campsites.
Day-use cooking shelters are located at Red Heather, Elfin Lakes, Garibaldi Lake and Taylor Meadows. Camping is not permitted in day-use shelters.
More information is available on the webpages for the following areas.register online well in advance of their trip.