On a Sunday in July, my friend Angela and I finally lucked out with a sunny day and made the 1-1.5 hour drive to Garibaldi Provincial Park for a hike.
The hike to Garibaldi Lake has been on my adventure bucket list for months, so I was very excited! Garibaldi Provincial Park is located in between Squamish and Whistler, 70 km north of Vancouver. The drive to the park itself is beautiful, taking you along the Sea-to-Sky Highway. If you have time, stop at: Shannon Falls and Porteau Cove for photographs; and Fergie’s Cafe for locally-sourced and delicious brunch.
Angela and I completed the Garibaldi Lake Hike with a detour through Taylor Meadows for a total 20 km and 5 hours of hiking with breaks. This is easily one of the best and most scenic hikes I have done in British Columbia. Find the full trail directions at VancouverTrails.com.
We began the hike with a steady 6 km ascent through the dense Douglas Fir Trees forest. While beautiful, it seemed to go on forever.
We added a few kilometres onto the hike by going through Taylor Meadows. The views are stunning, with the imposing Black Tusk Mountain in the background. In late summer, the meadow is covered with alpine flowers.
We meandered through the meadow and eventually the trail returns into the forest. We descended a steep dirt slope, and were treated to our first views of the turquoise-coloured Garibaldi Lake.
After crossing a wooden bridge to the other side of Garibaldi Lake and spotting a pantsless fisherman, the views only got better.
We wandered along the rocky shoreline to the other side of the lake. We were rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and distant glaciers.
If you are camping at Garibaldi Lake before embarking on a longer hike to Black Tusk or Panorama Ridge, this is where you would find your camp site and plenty of outhouses. Hurray!
After soaking up the views, we turned back, crossing over the small wooden bridge and beginning our ascent to the trail junction. We bypassed Taylor Meadows and returned to the parking lot and our starting point via a shorter, but very scenic route.
I love when a hike’s return route is different than the route there. 5 hours later, we arrived back at the car with tired legs and grumbling stomachs. Looking for a hike to add to your adventure bucket list? I highly recommend Garibaldi Lake.
What is the top item on your adventure bucket list? Have you gone on any hikes this summer?