When you think of Canada's bluest and most stunning lakes, you're probably thinking about Lake Louise or another glacier-fed lake in Alberta. It's true that Alberta has some of Canada's best lakes, but there's one blue lake hike in BC that you have to see to believe. This natural gem is so amazing that it's one of the top reasons why we love BC!
Garibaldi Provincial Park is loved by locals and visitors alike. There are 90 KMs of trails to explore and a handful of campsites. The best way to enjoy the park is to go on the Garibaldi Lake trail, an 18 KM round-trip loop that will bring you to the most spectacular turquoise lake.
The best time to do this hike is in late summer and early fall when the meadows are full of colourful alpine flowers. You'll feel exactly like you're in the Sound of Music when you glimpse the blue lake, towering mountain peaks and a meadow full of flowers.
This hike is considered "intermediate" so it's definitely not a walk in the park. Well, it is a walk in the park but I mean you should probably wear hiking shoes and have a few shorter hikes under your belt before you try this one. You can also make it just a 12 KM trail by hiking only to the lake shore and back.
Garibaldi Provincial Park is less than two hours from Vancouver. It's ideal for people who love hiking or have some experience. More advanced hikers will be able to do hikes like Panorama Ridge and Black Tusk that will give you birds-eye views of Garibaldi Lake like this!
Address: Squamish-Lillooet D, BC
Why you need to go: See BC's bluest lake on this fun trail not too far from Vancouver this summer!