Operated from June to September
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Pick-up / Drop-off. At the Welcome Kiosk at Canada Place
Our fleet of vehicles consists of brand new and air conditioned Mercedes Benz Sprinter Vans.
Canada Place is located downtown Vancouver near all the major transportation hubs. The Welcome Kiosk at Canada Place is pictured below.
About the Garibaldi Lake Hike
The Garibaldi Lake Hike should be on everybody's to do list. Situated in the Garibaldi Provincial Park, the hike to Garibaldi Lake is one of British Columbia's most beautiful. This day hike will take you to a stunning, glacier-fed lake that sits 1,450m above sea level, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, glacial laden peaks, alpine meadows and volcanic structures. LIVV Adventures offer a very affordable and convenient return transportation service on weekends and on select week days during summer, making this hike accessible to all Vancouverites! Board one of our luxury air-conditioned buses in Vancouver and join a group of like-minded people who are yearning to experience one of the many hidden gems that British Columbia has to offer.
From the Rubble Creek parking lot, it is a 9 km hike to reach Garibaldi Lake. The first 6km takes you on a switchback mountain trail through forest and plentiful of Western and Red Cedar and Douglas Fir trees. Around the 30 minute mark from the start, there is a creek crossing where you can fill your water bottles. Water along the way is not plentiful, so make sure that you carry enough water with you. The next hour and a half is a rather relentless uphill climb on the switchback trail.
After counting down five gruelling kilometres, you will reach a lookout point over The Barrier. The Barrier is a lava dam that contains the Garibaldi Lake system. A sheer cliff is the result of a massive landslide that happened in 1885. Just beyond the 6km marker, you will find a junction that allows you to either go to the Taylor Meadows campground or Garibaldi Lake. This is a good point to take a break. Keep right at the 6km junction and follow the trail towards Garibaldi Lake. At this point, most of the elevation gain will be behind you. During you final 3km towards Garibaldi Lake, you will pass Barrier Lake and Lesser Garibaldi Lake. These lakes are providing a taste of what is to come.
A few small creeks, feeding into Lesser Garibaldi Lake, crisscross the trail along the way to Garibaldi Lake. After you have passed Lesser Garibaldi Lake, you'll cross a wooden bridge over Taylor Creek. After 20 minutes, you will come to another junction that leads to either Taylor Meadows or Garibaldi Lake. Stay on the trail for Garibaldi Lake. You will start descending towards Garibaldi Lake. A spectacular view of the pristine turquoise Garibaldi Lake and Sphinx glacier awaits you.
Start making your way down towards the parking lot so the you will be in time for our departure at 17:00pm. You will arrive back in Vancouver around 18:30pm filled with unforgettable memories!
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