Next to the stark grey granite of the Stawamus Chief, without doubt the most striking landmark is the triple summit of Mount Garibaldi, Mount Atwell and Dalton Dome – also collectively known as “Diamond Head” for its distinctive, pointy profile.
In just about any other country, Garibaldi Provincial Park would be world-renowned. And while the western edge of the park is easily accessible by road, trail and even ski lift, a huge percentage of the park’s eastern flanks is seldom visited. It’s worth noting, however, that hikers, climbers and nature lovers have been coming here throughout history; a century ago, they boarded boats for the trip to the head of Howe Sound, then headed into the mountains.
Without doubt, the best time to visit Garibaldi is at the height of wildflower season, just a few short weeks after the snow melts in the meadows. It’s an easy hike from the parking lot to Red Heather Meadows and from there up to Paul Ridge and the Elfin Lakes Hut. Even the trail/road has a historic connotation; it was once used to transport guests and supplies to Diamond Head Lodge, a one-time fixture in the outdoor adventure scene.