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Garibaldi Provincial Park, also called Garibaldi Park, is a wilderness park located in British Columbiamarker, Canadamarker, about 70 kilometres (43.5 mi) north of Vancouvermarker. The park is located to the east of the Sea to Sky Highway between Squamishmarker and Whistler and covers an area of over 1,950 square kilometres (753 sq mi). Garibaldi was designated as a provincial park in 1927, and originally included what was later split off in 1967 as Golden Ears Provincial Parkmarker, which juts southward between the basins of Pitt Lakemarker and the Stave River into the Municipality of Maple Ridgemarker.

Region

The park consists of many steep, rugged mountains, many of which are capped by glaciers. The park includes Mount Garibaldimarker and other volcanoes related to subduction volcanism in the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt. The Park features many dense Douglas-fir, western red cedar and western hemlock forests, as well as alpine meadows, and many rocky alpine areas. The highest peak in the Park is Wedge Mountainmarker at 2891 metres (9482 ft).

Recreational access

There are five park access and entrance points located along the Sea to Sky Highway. Each entrance provides access to hiking trails with backcountry camping opportunities. All access points are open in winter for backcountry skiing, but only the Diamond Head access road is plowed. All camp sites are first-come, first-served.

Diamond Head
This southern most entrance provides hiking or skiing access to the area south of Mount Garibaldimarker. A cooking hut and winter-only camping area are located in Red Heather Meadows, about 5 kilometres (3 mi) from the parking lot. An overnight shelter and campground are located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from the parking lot at Elfin Lakes.

Black Tusk/Garibaldi Lake
The second entrance is located approximately half way between Squamish and Whistler. Hiking trails provide access to Garibaldi Lakemarker, the Black Tuskmarker, and Panorama Ridge. A trail also connects to the Cheakamus Lakemarker area further north. Two camping areas provide sites for 90 tents.


Cheakamus Lake
This entrance, located just to the south of Whistler, provides access to Cheakamus Lake. Two campgrounds are located a few kilometers from the parking lot.

Singing Pass
The Singing Pass area is located to the east of Whistler Mountainmarker. The area can be accessed by a trail which follows the Fitzsimmons Creek, between Whistler and Blackcombmarker mountains. The area can also be accessed from the top of Whistler mountain via an alpine route. Camping is permitted at Russet Lake.

Wedgemount Lake
The most northern entrance is via a deactivated forest service road. The road is unmaintained and is recommended for 4x4 vehicles only. Wedgemount Lake is accessed via a hiking trail. Camping is permitted around the lake.

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