Visitors will soon be able to book more backcountry adventures at Garibaldi Provincial Park, a favourite backcountry destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
Due to growing demand and to help provide visitors with more certainty when planning their trips, three additional backcountry campgrounds will be available to reserve through BC Parks’ Discover Camping Reservation Service. This transition also helps protect sensitive ecosystems, such as alpine heather meadows, by ensuring campers remain on designated tent sites. In some locations, new tent pads have been added to improve the experience for campers.
Beginning on Feb. 28, 2017, campgrounds being added to the reservation system are:
- Helm campground: 30 tent sites
- Cheakamus Lake campground: 10 tent sites
- Singing Creek campground: seven tent sites
These campgrounds, as well as campgrounds at Garibaldi Lake, Taylor Meadows and Elfin Lake, require reservations during peak season from June 29 to Oct. 17. The Elfin Lake shelter requires reservations year-round.
Reservations can be made up to four months in advance of arrival dates, via the Discover Camping reservation service.
Garibaldi Provincial Park moved to a reservation system in May 2016, due to growing visitor numbers, and to help in trip planning.
Camping in Garibaldi Provincial Park is permitted in designated campsites only. Camping is not permitted in other locations such as Panorama Ridge.
Nestled in the heart of the Coast Mountains along the Sea-to-Sky corridor, Garibaldi Provincial Park, named after its towering peak Mount Garibaldi, is known for its natural beauty and unique hiking opportunities, with more than 90 kilometres of trails.
Approximately half of all BC Parks camping opportunities remain on a first-come, first-served basis.
Jordan Sturdy, MLA for West Vancouver- Sea to Sky –
“Garibaldi Provincial Park is a beautiful place to explore, and loved by many outdoor enthusiasts. The addition of more backcountry campsites to the reservation system allows visitors to experience the backcountry wilderness Garibaldi Provincial Park is known for, and to better plan their next adventure.”
- 2016 marked another record year, with more than 187,000 reservations made through Discover Camping.
- The majority of all reservations in 2016, 72%, originated in British Columbia.
- Parking is free in all provincial parks, making them more accessible to families.
For more about BC Parks, and to view the BC Parks Future Strategy, please visit: www.bcparks.ca
To learn more about Garibaldi Provincial Park, please visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/garibaldi/
To book your trip to Garibaldi Provincial Park, and learn more about changes to the Discover Camping reservation service to improve fair access for everyone, please visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/reserve/
For camping tips, including backcountry, please visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/campingEthics.html