A Day of Minor Reflections, Garibaldi Lake

November 10, 2013 — 8 Comments

Just an hour late in both the morning and evening. That’s all I was from a stunning reflection on Garibaldi Lake. As you can tell, I had beautiful weather and felt very fortunate when I visited on a late summer’s day. I had hiked to the lake during the same time in other years and experienced cold and even snow.

I never set off to photograph only the reflections on Garibaldi Lake, in Garibaldi Provincial Park, near Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. My goal for the day was the summit of Mount Price overlooking the lake on the west side. At about 32 kilometers return and 1,700 meters in elevation gain, it was an arduous task for someone so out of shape (yes, that was me 🙂 ). I ventured out anyway and after about two hours of hiking, arrived here. This is beautiful Garibaldi Lake.

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I immediately knew that I had missed the best of the morning reflections. There was now a bit of a breeze in what was becoming a very warm day in the high elevations.

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I took my time anyway as I followed the lakeside trail to the Garibaldi Lake campground. On the left is Panorama Ridge that I featured on Views From Panorama Ridge On A Clear Summer’s Day.

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At times, the reflections were brilliant as the breeze ceased for a few moments.

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The campground shelter was quiet in the morning. The scene would be much busier when I returned in the eve.

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The left peak is Mount Price, my goal for the day,

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The path of stones to the Battleship Islands were enough to provide calm in the near waters for a reflection of the Sphinx Glacier and surrounding peaks.

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Although I had a long and hard hike still ahead, I stopped on many occasions and watched the beauty that surrounded me.

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One more photo from the morning before continuing my hike to the summit of Mount Price.

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Back again after a difficult hike in the heat of the day. Oh no! I just missed the peak reflection period. Still, it was an amazing sight. Mount Price is in the center.

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 Looking toward the Sphinx Glacier….

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 and again to Mount Price.

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Another look at Panorama Ridge before the sun set any further.

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 I sat here for one more reflection. Soon, the mountains would be engulfed in darkness and I had a long descent ahead.

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It would be a two hour, sometimes spooky, hike in the dark to finish the day, which gave me much time to reflect for myself.

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Truly a day of minor reflections. I hope you enjoyed this post as looked back at one of my favourite places, Garibaldi lake and Garibaldi Park.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


8 responses to A Day of Minor Reflections, Garibaldi Lake

  1. You certainly “hit the ball out of the park” (as they say) with this AWESOME post, mon ami 🙂 Randall, you make me proud to be Canadian and to consider ourselves truly fortunate….because we are!

    Ooooooh Canada!

    You’ve managed to catch it all….The very still turquoise or aqua water formed by a contour of mountains to the sides and background.The water limpid as crystal and the majestic mountain sides covered with rich groves and precipices of that black rock with peaks of icing to complete this scene…it saves the lake from monotony. How I would love to see “your” part of Canada ,

    I can almost smell the pine trees… and the very clean fresh air in the mountains….(this is just for starters, I could go on and on… 😉 ) You really have a gift for photography… Magnifique!

    • Thanks. This was a special day because I was so busy and almost didn’t go. I was so tired at the time. When I woke up early to a warm, sunny morning, I knew I would regret if I didn’t go. Glad you enjoyed the post. There will be more from Garibaldi Park soon 🙂

  2. katerina kalvinou November 11, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Thank you for your amazing talent in photography and sharing your experianse,i too am a lover of nature and looking forward one day to visit this amazing plece. I hope and pray all people like you come to know the greator of this beautiful planet of ours [ JEHOVAH GOD ] and we can enjoyed forever in perfect health.Thank you from the heart and GOD bless you !!!

  3. Hi Randall – Canada certainly looks like a beautiful place. Love the photos.

    Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award on a post at my site (http://plaintalkandordinarywisdom.com/a-special-thank-you-dragons-loyalty-award/). I’m happy to share you with my readers. 🙂

  4. Hi I wanted to know which trail you took in order to get your stunning photos, I’d love to see the same things as well 🙂 I appreciate your help!

    Many thanks 🙂

    • Zairah, sorry for the delay. All of these photos were taken from along, or near, the main trail to the Garibaldi Lake Campground, and a little beyond. My approach is from the Black Tusk or Rubble Creek parking lot, directly to the lake, or from Taylor Campground or Black Tusk Meadows (longer routes). Pick a clear day and you will see similar views. The flowers will be delayed at the lake due to the snow. I would guess there will be patches of snow along the main trail into August. Have a fun and safe hike. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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