If you’re a local with Vancouver National Park on your doorstep count yourself lucky. There aren’t many places in the world where you can easily hike and see such a diverse range of scenery and still be back in your car driving home to a hot bath rather than camping on the side of a mountain. At Nanaimo Yacht Charters we often have people arriving at our base who are making the absolute most of their holiday time and building in some hiking time to their holiday itinerary.
Like all National Parks there is a hiking etiquette which centres around leaving places as you found them and staying on the marked trails for safety reasons and to do the least damage to the precious environment.
Here are some of the favorite hikes of Vancouver National Park:
Garibaldi Lake – 18 kms
This is a firm favorite of the locals. The pinnacle of the hike is the lake. If the sun is out it is turquoise coloured water reflecting the alpine mountains and spectacular glacier. The view is awesome and well worth the first 6 km of pain to get there.
This hike starts from the Rubble Creek parking area just south of Whistler. The first 6 km is a gradual climb through forests of Douglas Fir trees. After 6 km you arrive at a junction. If you want a shorter journey to the lake turn right. Turn left and it is an hour longer but you get to walk through the Taylor Meadows covered in alpine flowers through late summer and early autumn. Eventually you will reach the Garibaldi lake.
Panorama Ridge – 30 kms
The views from Panorama ridge won’t be forgotten. From the ridge you have views over Garibaldi Lake, Black Tusk and Helm Lake. Most people don’t try and complete the hike in 1 day and spend a night camping at Garibaldi Lake or Taylor Meadows and then make their way up Panorama Ridge on day 2.
Black Tusk – 29 kms
It is obvious why this mountain peak is called Black Tusk. The pointed peak is a landmark which has drawn many, many hikers.
Follow the trail to Taylor Meadows and walk past the camping area and eventually you arrive at a junction with a map and a wooden bench. Continue straight on and you will see a sign for Black Tusk. Prepare yourself for some uphill work! The last part of the trail actually disappears into a scramble over loose shale. The views over the entire area are worth the wait.
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