Winter Hike to Elfin Lakes


Winter Hike to Elfin Lakes

Don’t ask me why it took so long to see Elfin Lakes! I do not have a good reason! 

Elfin Lakes is a popular destination for Vancouverites to get into the mountains on an overnight trip without going too far. If you are new to winter hiking, you can spend the night in a beautiful (and warm) mountain hut. And if you are prepared for cold overnight temperatures, the views from your tent can’t be beat.

Reservations are required to spend the night in the park and book as early as you can! Reservation type is ‘backcountry’, ‘Garibaldi’ is the park, and choose either ‘Elfin Lake Shelter’ or ‘Elfin Lake Campground’ as your site.

The appeal:

  • Spectacular BC mountain views after hitting tree line!

  • experience a mountain hut or winter camping (good beginner spot).

  • Meeting locals to share ADVENTURe spots & stories.

Location: Garibaldi Provincial Park near Squamish, British Columbia


  • Year-round! snow fall begins mid to late October, but it takes till November for it to stick around. Expect snowy conditions until june!

getting there:

  • Drive time from Vancouver: 1 hour 45 minutes

  • Public Transportation: No


  • 22 KM round trip, approx 6 hours

  • staying overnight opens up additional day hiking including The Gargoyles and Opal Cone (opal cone was great).


  • Bring crampons, toe warmers, and warm sleeping bag liner (for camping)

CanadaMikaela Gregory