Garibaldi Provincial Park, Whistler is not just skiing

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Area, 100km north of Vancouver, British Columbia, is a world-famous Canadian ski area, constantly besieged by winter sports enthusiasts. For skiing and snowboarding, there is 200 km of slopes and 50 km of ski routes available. 23 lifts transport skiers. The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 675 and 2,284 m. The locality has undoubtedly had the limelight with the competitions held here valid for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. It is undoubtedly recognized as the most sought-after destination in all of North America as regards white sports. Whistler owes its charm and its attractiveness to tourists from all over the world also to its naturalistic peculiarities and in particular to Garibaldi Provincial Park.

The birth of Garibaldi Provincial Park

Garibaldi Provincial Park, named after its imposing 2,678-meter peak, Monte Garibaldi, was established on March 7, 1927. In 1860, Captain George Henry was impressed by a towering mountain that dominates the view to the north-east and he chose to name the mountain of 2,678 meters Monte Garibaldi, in honor of the great Italian patriot and soldier; it was only in 1907 that a group of six Vancouver mountaineers reached the summit of Mt. and the amazing view inspired the creation of summer climbing camps at Lake Garibaldi. This first interest led to the creation of a park reserve in 1920 and the subsequent legislation as a park in 1927.

The formation of Lake Garibaldi

Lake Garibaldi is located 19km south of Whistler: it was formed over 9,000 years ago when lava flows from nearby volcanoes blocked the valley. This natural dam caused glaciers to melt and winter snow to form a backwater in the valley, creating the famous turquoise lake. It is an alpine lake at 1,484 m above sea level with a maximum depth of 258.7 m.

Attractions of the park beyond the lake

In addition to the lake itself, the Garibaldi Provincial Park offers numerous naturalistic attractions to be discovered. The main and most popular are the Battle Islands, Mount Price, and the Black Tusk. The former is a series of lava outcrops along the northwestern shore of the lake forming the numerous tiny Armored Islands, many of which have been connected to the shore by simple causeways made of man-made stone. Mount Price is one of the three main volcanoes in the southern segment of the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt. Clinker Peak, a ruptured volcanic crater on the western flank of Mount Price was responsible for the creation of Lake Garibaldi. The Black Tusk (black fang) is considered the remnant of an extinct volcanic layer at 2,319 m of which the upper spire is visible from a great distance in all directions.

The best One Day excursion in the Park

The excursion to Lake Garibaldi is an intermediate-expert level excursion of 18 km (round trip) with an altitude difference of 820 meters, lasting about 5 hours, and accessible in the summer months. In addition to trekking to Lake, the best one-day activity is undoubtedly the Panorama Ridge, with its 17 miles and 1500 meters in altitude it is undoubtedly for the most experienced and trained! The effort is remarkable but undoubtedly paid off: the view is magnificent with Monte Garibaldi, the Tantalus Range, and the Black Tusk framing the intense blue of Lake Garibaldi to form a 360-degree view of what appears to be an endless wilderness.

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