I love the mountains and the outdoors, and Garibaldi Provincial Park, just south of Whistler, B.C. Canada, is one my favorite places to visit. Some of my fondest memories as a teenager were hiking and camping around Garibaldi Lake. Since then, I’ve taken over thirty trips into the park, including four this past summer. On this post, I’ll include photos from the past five years taken with various cameras, from a five megapixel point-and-shoot to my current Canon 60D. I don’t profess to be a photographer, just a hobbyist who enjoys taking photos.
Garibaldi Provincial Park covers an area of 1,950 square kilometers, or 750 square miles, and was designated a provincial park in 1927. It’s located north of Vancouver, and has five access points from the Sea to Sky Highway between Squamish and Whistler. Although the area has a rich First Nations history, Mount Garibaldi was named by Captain George Henry of the Royal Navy for Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian patriot, soldier, and commander. For more information about the history and legends of the First Nations people in the Garibaldi area, please read this excellent article from the John Davidson Legacy website.
Garibaldi Lake is a deep, glacial lake, naturally created by the damming of the flows from the now dormant volcanos, Mount Price and Clinker Peak. The Sentinel and Sphinx Glaciers feed the lake with meltwater, and the glacial flour creates the turquoise colour. The easiest and most popular route to Garibaldi Lake is from the Black Tusk (formally Rubble Creek) parking area, 37 kilometers north of Squamish, or 19 kilometers south of Whistler. If you’re driving from Vancouver, it takes about 1 1/2 hours.
After hiking for about 9 kilometers with 900 meters of elevation gain, this is an early view of Garibaldi Lake.
From a higher elevation, this is the first view from Black Tusk Meadows.
The water has this beautiful turquoise color, which varies depending on the sunlight, and I believe the time of year.
I take a photo of this log every time I see it.
The Sphinx Glacier is one of the most prominent features of the surrounding mountains. However, one my favorite features is the tiny island in front. It has been a focal point of mine for many years.
On the south side of the Garibaldi Lake campground, the Battleship Islands are a popular place to relax. If you visit in late August, you may see alpine flowers such as Indian paintbrush, fireweed, and yellow aster.
Frozen on a beautiful day in April or…
on a blistering hot summer day…
an early evening reflection in late August…
Volcanoes on the center-right: Mount Price on the left and Clinker Peak in the center, on a warm summer day.
A similar view with Mount Price on the right, on a fine spring day.
From the summit of Mount Price on a cold, September day. The formation known as the Black Tusk is a prominent feature in this area of Garibaldi Park. The campground is at the end of the bay on the left.
The first view of the Black Tusk from near the Battleship Islands, in late August.
The view of Panorama Ridge and Garibaldi Lake, from the old trail which is now only used when the lakeside trail is flooded.
Panorama Ridge behind the Battleship Islands, on a summer evening.
From the top of Panorama Ridge: Garibaldi Lake with Mount Price in the center, in early August. If you haven’t seen it, please read my post: Views From Panorama Ridge On A Clear Summer’s Day.
The west side of Garibaldi Lake with with the campground on the right, taken from the first peak of Panorama Ridge.
Another look on a summer day. Mount Garibaldi is in the center-right while the formation known as The Table is in front. For an interesting look at The Table, please check out this video of I Will Be There by ’80s pop/rock band, Glass Tiger (starting at 43 sec.).
One of my most memorable and tiring hikes was to Panorama Ridge via Garibaldi Lake on a sunny day in May.
One of my favorite photos, taken from a point below Panorama Ridge.
Here’s me on that sunny day in May.
And a much younger me (okay, this was only five years ago) thinking on the shores of Garibaldi Lake.
I know I entitled this post, Garibaldi Lake Through The Seasons, but really, there are no photos from the actual winter. I hope you don’t mind, but at least a few of the photos resembled winter. Garibaldi Lake In Winter may be a future post.
I hope you enjoyed the photos of Garibaldi Lake taken from my trips over the past few years. I can’t wait to return.
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