BC Parks has reopened day-use access in all areas of Garibaldi Provincial Park.
After a recent closure due to an aggressive and food conditioned bear, BC Parks is reopening day-use access and reopening camping at Helm Creek Campground. BC Parks and the Conservation Officer Service have been unsuccessful at trapping the bear, indicating that it has likely moved on.
To ensure safety of park visitors and to further reduce food attractants, Cheakamus Lake and Singing Creek campgrounds will remain closed until further notice and the area will continue to be monitored, says BC Parks.
BC Parks has also cautioned people about rough conditions at Garibaldi Lake. Several trees are down and there are muddy patches. There is a major washout 1.5 kilometers up the trail. Parnassus Creek at km 8.5 on the trail is washed out – please use caution crossing and prepare for wet feet.
Lake levels are high, and BC Parks advises navigating from the spawning channel to day-use area at Garibaldi Lake. Stay on trail and prepare for wet feet, and proper footwear and hiking poles are recommended. The winter pole route to Elfin Lakes in the Diamond Head area has been removed for the summer season, but there are significant snow levels and avalanche hazards.
Parties travelling beyond Red Heather should have advanced navigation and route-finding skills as well as avalanche safety training and equipment.