Today’s post is a photo diary of one of the most visually stunning hikes around Vancouver – Garibaldi Lake. This hike is challenging but once you reach the top, the views are incredible! I remember being in shock at how beautiful the lake is after completing this hike for the first time.
The hike to Garibaldi Lake is located in Garibaldi Provincial Park, near Whistler, BC. The drive to Garibaldi Lake is just under 2 hours from Vancouver. It’s considered an intermediate level hike, approximately 5 hours round trip, which makes for a perfect day hike. In terms of elevation gain, it’s fairly steep (about 800 meter elevation gain) but it’s SO worth the effort.
Make sure to bring lots of water, snacks, a lunch and sunscreen. It’s also a good idea to wear hiking boots on this trail if you have them because the trail is long and you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible. You can read my full list of essential items to pack on a day hike here.
Garibaldi Lake might be a hike to skip if you have knee issues. The switchbacks and elevation gain can be intense, making for a steep decent on the way back down. A fun little fact – when you reach the top of Garibaldi, you’ll find Whiskey Jacks, which are little birds that’ll eat from the palm of your hand! Feeding the birds 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! 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! 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