Happy Friday everyone! It’s been a bit of a rough week for me this week. I’ve been sick with a bad cold, but fortunately I’m finally starting to feel better! Today’s post is a photo diary of one of the most visually stunning hikes in and around Vancouver: Garibaldi Lake. This hike is challenging but once you reach the top, the views are INCREDIBLE. I remember when I first moved to Vancouver from Ontario and completed this hike, I was in shock with how beautiful it is!! The turquoise water, the views of the glacier, oh man, you’ll see. 🙂
The drive to Garibaldi Lake is just under 2 hours from Vancouver towards Whistler, BC. The trail is located just south of Whistler. It’s considered an intermediate level hike and hiking time is about 5 hours round trip, so expect to make a day of it. Make sure to pack lots of water, snacks, a lunch and sunscreen. I typically wear my hiking boots on this trail because of how long it is and I want to be as comfortable as possible. The trail is not a loop unfortunately, so you’ll be hiking down the same way you hiked up. In terms of elevation gain, it’s fairly steep (about 800 meter elevation gain) but this hike is SO worth it.
You might want to avoid this hike if you have knee issues because it can be quite steep for a long while on the way down. Fun fact: when you reach the top, you’ll be able to feed the Whiskey Jacks, which are little birds that will eat from the palm of your hand! It’s fun and it makes for a great Instagram photo :). I also recommend starting your hike early, ideally around 9:00am. The parking lot fills up fast and like most of the hikes in Vancouver, Garibaldi Lake is a popular one! I like to go early to avoid the crowds.
Thank you so much for reading! If you have any questions about the hike to Garibaldi Lake please leave them in the comment section below! I love reading your comments and answering your questions. And please let me know if there are any specific hiking posts that you want to see, I’d be happy to write about them! Have a great weekend! xoxo Candice