When a bear forces you to change your hiking plans...


When a bear forces you to change your hiking plans and retreat location…

While we know rain and snow can be a strong possibility in October, we were not quite anticipating animal obstacles. Earlier today, BC Parks advised that parts of Garibaldi Provincial Park, including the Rubble Creek Trailhead (leading to Garibaldi Lake) are closed due to an aggressive bear in the area. It is unclear when it will reopen.

we are going back to bowen!

Your safety is our priority. Our one-day retreat on Saturday, October 5, 2019 will now take place on Bowen Island. That’s right, we’re going back to Mount Gardner! There are still some spots remaining if you’d like to join. Register here.

The hike to Mount Gardner is similar in distance and challenge to Garibaldi Lake and equally as beautiful: old growth forest and panoramic views of the Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound, and Burrard Inlet await. Plus taking the ferry to Bowen Island makes it feel like you're a world away from the city!

We will just have to save Garibaldi Lake and Panorama Ridge for 2020. Thanks for your understanding. We hope you’ll join us on Saturday!


The retreat starts on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in the oceanside town of Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver. We will meet at the ferry terminal at 8.30am and take the 9:05 am 20-minute ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Snug Cover, Bowen Island. The terminal is easily accessible by public transit from Vancouver.

The hike up Mount Gardner is 6 hours and 17 km roundtrip with an elevation gain of 719 metres.

Your adventure begins in Crippen Regional Park, a short walk from the ferry terminal but miles away from the city.

A gentle walk through lush forest takes us to Killarney Lake for the perfect photo op. Then the real climbing begins. The challenging hike up Mount Gardner will be worth it – you’ll be treated to panoramic views of Howe Sound, the Sunshine Coast, West Vancouver, and Burrard Inlet.

Enjoy a nourishing lunch provided at the top and revel in your accomplishment of hiking to Bowen Island’s highest point, before hiking back down.

We’ll stop at Branch on Bowen for a scoop of Earnest Ice Cream or fresh tacos and then hop on the 5:20 pm ferry to start our trip home.

Read our recap of our August 2019 hike on Bowen Island here. We have a few spots left on Saturday and would love for you to join us! Register here.

Group of women at top of Mount Gardner on Bowen Island
EventsDanielle Leroux