Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

April 10, 2012 — 8 Comments

One of my favorite places to visit is Garibaldi Provincial Park in British Columbia. There are kilometers and kilometers, or, if you prefer, miles and miles, of hiking trails, ranging from fairly easy to difficult. From each summit of the numerous mountain peaks, there are panoramic views of lakes, mountains, and alpine meadows. As you’ll see, it’s truly a beautiful area.

Now, I’ll look back at my time in the park and focus on the area above Garibaldi Lake, from Taylor Meadows, through Black Tusk Meadows, to Helm Junction. Access to these meadows is from the Black Tusk (formally Rubble Creek) parking lot, which is about 100 kilometers north of Vancouver, or 19 kilometers south of Whistler. For more information on Garibaldi Park, please check the B.C. Parks official website.

After 7.5 kilometers of climbing over 900 meters on a fairly steep, but well-groomed trail, you arrive at Taylor campground. The formation known as the Black Tusk is in the distance. Normally, the snow would have disappeared by early August, but last year had a very late melt.

Late melt in Taylor Meadows Garibaldi Provincial Park British Columbia  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

 

As the snow melts, one of the first flowers to emerge is the glacier lily. This was taken past Black Tusk Meadows.

Meadow of Glacier Lilies Garibaldi Park Whistler Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

Glacier Lilies Garibaldi Park Whistler Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

Also among the first flowers is the western pasque flower or western anemone. The flower blooms only for a short time and then is replaced by… Western Pasque Flower Garibaldi Park Whistler Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

these feathery seed pods.
Western Anemone Garibaldi Park Whistler Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

The Black Tusk from Taylor Meadows, in late August. The late melt last year resulted in a poor show of flowers in the lower meadows.

Black Tusk from Taylor Meadows Garibaldi Park Whistler Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

Not the best year for heather either in the lower meadows. The colors vary from shades of purple, pink, and white.

Heather Taylor Meadows Garibaldi Park Whistler Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

Lupins and asters in Taylor Meadows.

Lupines and Asters Garibaldi Park Whistler Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

Each meadow had its own beauty. Here, the dominant flowers were lupin and sitka valerian.

Black Tusk Meadows flowers Garibaldi Park Whistler Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

Black Tusk Meadows Garibaldi Park Whistler Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

Speaking of sitka valerian, I was lucky to capture this butterfly on one.

Butterfly and Sitka Valerian Black Tusk Meadows Garibaldi Park Whistler Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

This was taken a few years ago during an August that had an abundance of flowers in the lower meadows. The Indian paintbrush has always been one of my favorite mountain flowers. Due to the late snow melt during the past year, this meadow had few flowers.

Black Tusk Meadows Garibaldi Park Whistler B.C.  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

From Black Tusk Meadows, toward the Tantalus Mountain Range.

From Black Tusk Meadows in Garibaldi Park Whistler Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

Columbine normally grows in small patches amongst the lupin and other flowers.

Columbine and Lupines Black Tusk Meadows Garibaldi Park Whistler Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

Here, a species of thistle is scattered with the columbine, lupin, and sitka valerian.

Columbine and Thistle Garibaldi Park Whistler Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

Thistle Garibaldi Park Whistler Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

 Phlox grew in the rocky areas at the upper elevation, near Helm Junction.Phlox Garibaldi Park Whistler B.C.  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

An early view of Garibaldi Lake from Black Tusk Meadows. If you missed my post featuring Garibaldi Lake, please read GARIBALDI LAKE THROUGH THE SEASONS.

From Black Tusk meadows Garibaldi Lake Garibaldi Provincial Park British Columbia c  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

In some years, this mountain stream has flowers on both sides of the banks.

Mountain Stream Black Tusk Meadows Garibaldi Park Whistler Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

Panorama Ridge and Black Tusk Lake. If you’re hiking to the top of Panorama Ridge, the trail goes along the ridge on the left.

Panorama Ridge Garibaldi Park Whistler Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

Meadow and Panorama Ridge Garibaldi Park Whistler Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

 

The view from Helm Junction toward Helm Lake. On a future blog post, I’ll focus on Helm Meadows.

From Helm Junction toward Whistler Garibaldi Park Canada  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

I hope you enjoyed this post. I look forward to return to Garibaldi Provincial Park soon, both in person, and here, on my blog.

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  Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

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 Flowers and Meadows of Garibaldi Park, Whistler Canada

  1. Thanks for the wonderful tour of the backwoods of British Columbia’s fantabulous scenery and taking the time to share your experiences with people like me. It is gorgeous in our part of God’s world. I love looking at flowers, lakes, streams, mountains, clouds, sky, & of course wildlife. :)

    • Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed my little tour of Garibaldi Park. Speaking of wildlife, stay tuned for my new post, coming soon.

  2. What time of year this picture is taken? We never such beautiful and so many flowers…

    • Thank you for your comment. Most of the photos would have been taken in August. They are not all from last year, though. Each year is different depending on the weather and the snow melt.

  3. This is one of my favourite hikes of all times! I must share your pics with the world. I have seen such flowers toward the end of the summer on previous hikes.

  4. Thank you, thank you for this wonderful hike. I’ve always loved wild flowers my entire long life. Thank you for letting me trail along behind you. Amazing photography. I wanted to paint almost every scene. I wish you many more memory-making moments!

    • Thank you very much. Garibaldi Park is a special place. I will have more posts on the flowers of Garibaldi and other parks soon.

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