Garibaldi Lake Campsite

One of the prettiest places to camp in the Sea To Sky corridor, the campsite at Garibaldi Lake puts you right near the water’s edge with the glacier in the far distance. The advantage to camping at Garibaldi Lake is there is plenty of time to hike up to Black Tusk or Panorama Ridge the following day rather than attempting to hike those longer routes in a single day.

The campsite at the lake is open year-round but it’s during the summer months when it gets really busy and, once all of the spots are taken, campers will have to hike to Taylor Meadows to camp there. There are a total of 50 spots to camp, pit toilets, and a nearby hut where you can eat and store your food but are not permitted to sleep in.

To get to the Garibaldi Lake campsite, you must park at the Rubble Creek parking area and hike the 9km (5.6 miles) one-way to the lake. The elevation gain is 820 meters (2690 feet), so it’s important to pack efficiently as an extra heavy pack will make it difficult to reach the campsite. Plan to pack-out all your garbage as you will need to return with everything you take into the park.

Other things to consider:

  • You must bring your own clean water or plan to boil water for drinking as there is no clean water in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Do not assume the water is clean because it’s coming from a glacier, alpine river, or lake. Drinking unfiltered or non-boiled water can lead to sickness, such as an Giardia Infection.
  • Fishing for Cutthroat or Rainbow Trout in Garibaldi Lake is permitted, as long as you have a valid BC Fishing License.
  • No dogs allowed in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
  • There is very limited cell service in the park. Officially, there is no cell service in the park but you can occasionally get a signal from one of the cell towers that is located on the other side of Black Tusk. Do not expect to get service though.

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