Garibaldi Provincial Park History
Garibaldi Park, named after its towering 2,678 metre peak, Mount Garibaldi, was designated as a provincial park in 1927. In honour of the 19th century Italian patriot, Giuseppe Garibaldi, the park is known for its natural beauty and its endless hiking opportunities.
Garibaldi Park’s rich geological history, diverse vegetation, snow-capped mountain, iridescent waters, abundant wildlife and scenic vistas all contribute to the immense beauty. The park is located in the heart of the Coast Mountains just 70 KMs north of Vancouver.
Elfin Lakes Snowshoeing Trip
After over a month of anticipation, eleven Bodwell students were eagerly awaiting taking the steep climb up to Elfin Lakes by snowshoe. This would be only the second time on snowshoes for most of these students.
On the morning of December 15th the Bodwell Out-Tripping Program left for Elfin Lakes in Garibaldi Provincial Park. The drive was just over one hour in length and varied greatly in weather conditions. As we left Vancouver it was very mild and overcast. Once we got up to the parking lot, there was a few feet of snow on the ground! At the parking lot, we grabbed our backpacks, snowshoes and carried on up the mountain. After a few hours we had made it to the top! We stopped to watch some Whiskey-Jacks who ended up coming to say ‘Hello’, had some lunch, and made our way back down to the parking lot. That night we stayed at some lovely cabins in Squamish. We awoke in the morning to see a few groups of Bald Eagles surrounding the river the cabins backed on to! After we had breakfast and enjoyed the scenery, we started the journey back home. Complete with a stop at Shannon Falls, the trip had come to an end.
Again, I’d like to thank all the staff, students, and parents involved in making trips like these possible. Your support is very valuable to us.
Out-Tripping Program Coordinator
(A special mention to Richard S for the great photos!)