Squamish is also known as the “Adventure capital of Canada.” So for those of you who love being active, this is definitely must visit spot, especially Garibaldi Provincial Park, which is largest provincial park in the area.
Interested in visiting this area? Then read on! We’ll give you all the details you need to make your trip a truly memorable one.
Hiking in Garibaldi Park
There are two main hikes visitors like to go on in Garibaldi Provincial Park: Red Heather Hut and Elfin Lakes.
If you choose the trail for Red Heather Hut, it’ll be an easy but long walk. This trail spans 11 kilometers, and once you get to the hut, you’ll get to warm yourself on a wood stove that’s always going. There’s also a propane burner available, as well as picnic tables outside.
Want more of a challenge? Then you can continue on from Red Heather Hut onto Elfin Lakes, which is another 6 kilometers away. You won’t be able to stay overnight at the Red Heather Hut, but you will be able to at Elfin Lakes.
If you’re looking for single day hikes in Garibaldi, Panorama Ridge, Musical Bumps to Singing Pass, or Wedgemount Lake are great options, but plan for a full day out! Other hikes to consider include Diamond Head and Black Tusk/Rubble Creek.
No matter what experiences you’ve had as a hiker, there’s definitely a trail that’s perfect for you, even if you’re a beginner. All of the routes in Garibaldi Park are scenic and will offer you breathtaking views of the area.
Garibaldi Provincial Park Camping
If you really want to get in tune with nature, then you’ll want to ditch the hotel rooms and camp overnight. Thankfully, Garibaldi Park is highly accommodating for this!
There are several campgrounds available, including ones in Garibaldi Lake, Taylor Meadows, Red Heather (winter only), Elfin Lakes, and Helm Creek. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to bring any pets as you are on provincial park grounds.
Camping permits will cost $10 per adult (16+) and $5 per child (6-15); per night. If you stay in Elfin Shelter, the prices are $15 per adult and $10 per child, per night.
Do note that reservations are required for the year-round campgrounds, so make sure you take care of this before you arrive (before 5:00 pm on the day you arrive). The park doesn’t accept cash as payment, so you’ll need to either pre-pay online or through the call center with your credit card.
Have a Great Time in Garibaldi Provincial Park
Now that you have some information on Garibaldi Provincial Park, hopefully this has given you some inspiration for your upcoming visit. So get to booking your flights and accommodations and have one of the most wonderful times of your life!
Are you planning on spending more time in Squamish? Then check out our resources for local adventures and fun!