Sitting just 80 kilometers north of Vancouver, Garibaldi Provincial Park is a veritable playground for mountain climbing enthusiasts.
Outside of climbing its namesake peak, Castle Towers Mountain (2,676 meters) and Mamquam Mountain (2,588 meters) are two great climbing destinations.
The former boasts three different summits to climb and offers some of the best views available in the park. The latter is a more challenging climb that involves traversing the Mamquam Icefield as well as climbing up rock to reach the summit.
Adventurous moutnaineers looking for an appropriate challenge will find one in Wedge Mountain (2,895 meters), which sits at the northern end of the park. The peak requires a lot of physical effort as well as some glaciers and ice climbing. It’s a good way to prepare for more advanced climbs and offers more spectacular views.
During the summer, average daily temperatures in the park range from 15 ºC to 17 ºC and decrease as you gain in elevation. Summer is also the driest time of year, but still experiences quite a bit of rain, receiving between 50 and 120 millimeters per month.
Any trip to Garibaldi Provincial Park will begin with a flight into the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). From here, the park is just 1.5 hours away by car.
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