Garibaldi Park is a wilderness area located just north of Vancouver, between the outdoor-minded towns of Squamish and Whistler, British Columbia. The most famous image of the entire BC provincial park is Black Tusk, a stunning pinnacle of volcanic rock that juts skyward and is easily seen from the top of Whistler’s Peak Chairlift, but there are plenty of other beautiful locations worth exploring within the park.
The 7.5-mile (12-kilometer) hike to Elfin Lakes, which begins just north of Squamish at the park’s southern boundary, is considered a must-do overnight by locals because of the stunning views of Mt Garibaldi and the unbelievably scenic campsite at the lakes themselves. Closer to Whistler, both the Cheakamus Lakes and Singing Pass areas are home to hikes that explore the stunning yet rugged coastal mountain landscapes. For ambitious hikers looking to put in a long day, rather than an overnight, it’s possible to ride Whistler’s Gondola and Peak Chair to the summit of Whistler Mountain and access the Singing Pass trail via an Alpine Route before descending along Fitzsimmons Creek to Whistler Village.
The park’s northernmost access point, the Wedgemont Lakes area, requires a 4x4 vehicle due to its location at the tail end of an un-maintained forestry road. Visitors with the proper vehicle and a sense of adventure will most likely have this area to themselves; it’s the least frequented part of Garibaldi Park.
Garibaldi Park is located 44 miles (70 km) north of Vancouver. It’s on the east side of the Sea to Sky Highway, between Whistler and Squamish. There are five typical access points: Diamond Head, Black Tusk, Cheakamus Lake, Singing Pass and Wedgemont Lake (listed south to north).