The time has come to stand up for Garibaldi Park and its diverse ecosystems. The provincial government, BC Parks and the Ministry of Forests and Lands are all willing to endanger our own provincial parks for the sake of commercial interests. We can no longer turn a blind eye to the moral corruption found within these government organizations. Garibaldi Park has been left helpless and it’s time to bring this issue into the hands of its rightful owners – the citizens of British Columbia.
Garibaldi Park 2020 is taking a stand against the provincial government, BC Parks and the Ministry of Forests and Lands by proposing that we reopen the Garibaldi Park Master Plan by the year 2020. Although the Garibaldi Park Master Plan was originally approved in 1990, it was never enforced nor revised. For more information on why we are presenting our vision now, please refer to the, “Campaigns – Open the Master Plan” section of our website.
As our government has, time and time again, failed to prioritize conservation over commercial interest, we are proposing our own, shared vision of what Garibaldi Park could be by the year 2020. When we say the word “our” it includes you – the person who visits, hikes, climbs, skis and bikes in Garibaldi Park. We need a shared vision, just as we need your support to make this happen. We want to hear from you and our “2020 Forum” is how to make your ideas heard.
We will be adding content to make this site comprehensive, factual and science-based. See the menu with maps of the trails, park boundaries, zoning, wildlife winter range, old growth management and non-motorized areas. See the, “Documents” menu for research and policy papers.
Who are we?
Garibaldi Park 2020 was started by individuals who are the forefront of the battle in Skookum Creek to restore the heritage Darling Lake Trail. We have experienced firsthand intimidation tactics, callous indifference to public safety, a lack of scientific method, and the spread of baseless falsehoods to prevent people from entering Garibaldi Park.
We are joined by hundreds of media-savvy individuals from student associations at University of British Columbia for the launch of the web site in March 2016. They are bringing to the battle online petitions, extension to social media outlets and a wealth of networking relationships in addition to their desire to protect Garibaldi Park from destruction of park values and egregious land grabs by commercial interests.
We are addressing you, the park user, directly though our website. You have the most to gain by joining us in this fight and the most to lose by standing by while Garibaldi Park remains at risk. Our own provincial politicians and bureaucrats are not going to change willingly. The, “Garibaldi Park 2020 Master Plan” is intended to centralize public outcry. You can support Garibaldi Park by visiting our page, liking us and helping spread our message. We encourage you to hike our trails, beat the path, flag the route. Come back and tell your story in words, photos and videos.
Garibaldi Park 2020 Master Plan Highlights
- Park zoning change for Skookum Creek and Mamquam Icefield to acknowledge intensive recreation and permit restoration of heritage trails and new trail development
- Restoration of the Darling Lake heritage trail including new footbridge over East Fork Skookum Creek (Paranoid Creek)
- Connect Garibaldi and Pinecone-Burke Provincial Parks with an alpine route from Skookum Creek to Pinecone Lake and Knothole Lake trailhead
- Restoration of heritage Knothole Lake trail through the Pinecone non-motorized zone
- Hiking and biking trail through the Skookum non-motorized zone from Skookum Creek to Opal Cone
- Public mountain hut at Darling Ridge
- Public mountain hut at Warren Glacier
- Hiking trail up Clinker Ridge to Clinker Peak
- Alpine route from Clinker Peak to Brohm Ridge
- Hiking trail from Swift Creek trailhead up Culliton Creek to Warren Glacier and Brohm Ridge
- Hiking and biking trail up Alice Ridge to Diamond Head
- Extend mountain bike access from Elfin Lakes to Opal Cone and Skookum trailhead
- Extend mountain bike access from Elfin Lakes to Diamond Head and Alice Ridge trailhead
- Restoration of public vehicular access to Singing Pass trailhead
- Nch'kay park addition of threatened mountain goat winter range MQ-1 (Brohm Ridge, Cheekye). Nch'kay in the Squamish language translates to Grimy One or Dirty One and comes from the appearance of Mount Garibaldi in spring when volcanic dust covers its mantle of snow.
- Clinker park addition of threatened mountain goat winter range WR-2 and WR-3 (Clinker Ridge)
- Hiking trail to Pitt River hotsprings
- Garibaldi Trail (Diamond Head to Wedge Creek) See Department of Recreation and Conservation Annual Report (1966), page 41.
- Reject the current Gariabldi at Squamish Resort Prosposal
- Make Brohm Ridge a protected wilderness area and stop all future development proposals. Study the creation of a biosphere reserve for Brohm Ridge. Continue to allow winter snowmobile use November through April and limit motorized use May through October.
- Restore First Nations traditional use of Brohm Ridge and Table Meadows
- No Whistler-Blackcomb 25% ski terrain expansion until Singing Pass Trail fiasco is resolved. Mountain Resorts Branch to withhold approval of expansion plan until W-B complies with its obligations under its Master Development Agreement to maintain public vehicular access to the Singing Pass Trail 5 km up Fitzsimmons Creek from Whistler.