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Garibaldi Lake Hike

The lake when hiking Garibaldi Provincial Park

Snow melt on Garibaldi Lake, in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Whistler, British Columbia

The hike to Garibaldi Lake is a cruisy 9 km walk up from Rubble Creek car park (just south of Whistler) on a well graded trail through towering Douglas-fir and western red cedar before leveling out to expose stunning views of Garibaldi Provincial Park and the valley below.

hemlock, marmot, redcedar, mountain goat, Garibaldi Lake, Garibaldi Provincial Park

Stunning view during hike at Garibaldi Provincial Park, Whistler, BC

We started relatively early- just after 9am – and whilst walking under the cover of mountain hemlock, we soon heard the calling sounds of marmots and encountered some rare mountain goats.

Expect some friendly banter and smiles on the way up- trail upgrades are currently taking place on the Garibaldi Lake trail and the welcoming workers will draw your attention to any wildlife or adverse conditions further on.

Garibaldi lake, rubble creek, peaceful, quiet, snow, water

Picnic Lunch at Garibaldi Lake

Just past the 7 km mark the remnants of winter comes into full swing so expect snow all the way to the lake. Wear decent hiking boots- I wore trail shoes and was soaked (not to mention baltic toes) by the time we landed up at the actual lake!

But all of that fades when you make it to the top. Lake Garibaldi is simply stunning. Crunching along the snowy path you will be in a daze, gazing in awe at the sight before you. Pockets of crystalline aquamarine water greet you before you behold the mighty lake in all its grandeur.

It’s the stillness that grabs your attention first. Sitting silently, soaking up the beauty of Mount Garibaldi and its environs, you feel you could have travelled days to reach somewhere as serene.

We rested for an hour on the (pseudo) boardwalk (embraced a few star-jumps to warm up the toes), ate our lunch and dazed at the pristine iridescence of the lake.

If you are looking to camp close to Garibaldi Lake go to the Camping & RVing BC website, click on Where to Camp and type in Whistler or Squamish.

Published: July 17, 2013
Last Updated: February 15, 2017

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Louise ditched her day time job as a news reporter in Ireland to go on a six month sabbatical to see the world. The six month extravaganza turned into a six-year adventure spanning 22 countries and all of the continents. Louise had a list comprising every country she wanted to see and adventure to embark on and managed to achieve it- exploring everything from the depths of Antarctica to the mist covered mountains of Japan. She has blown up dynamite in underground mines in Bolivia, hiked the Annapurna circuit in Nepal, ran the New York marathon, been chased by flowing lava down a dodgy mountain in Guatemala, trekked around east Africa, spent three years discovering the beauty of New Zealand and most recently hiked and skied one of Japan’s famous active volcanoes. She is a qualified ski instructor and solo paragliding pilot and is currently (unsuccessfully and with many injuries!) exploring Squamish's biking trails whilst concocting her next big adventure.