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18-Apr: Speaker series: Garibaldi Park—Alpine Jewel of Howe Sound

On Saturday, April 18th, our 2015 Speaker Series wrapped up for the summer with a presentation by Bob Turner.

About the Park

Garibaldi Park has the most accessible, most diverse, and arguably most beautiful alpine landscapes in the Vancouver region. Its unique volcanic origins have created a landscape of rolling alpine meadows, rich in wild flowers, and have made it a popular hiking and ski-touring destination for nearly a century.

A view over Garibaldi Park

The Park’s diverse volcanic features are famous: the lava-dammed and turquoise-coloured Garibaldi Lake, the great landslide scar of the Barrier, the dark tower of Black Tusk, the curious flat-topped Table, multi-hued desert-like Opal and Cinder cone volcanoes, and the great peak of Mt. Garibaldi rising above it all. There are also the stunning glaciers of today, and the debris fields that mark their rapid retreat over the past century. And beyond Garibaldi’s gentler ridges are backdrops of craggy granite spires. So there are lots of stories to tell!

About our speaker

Bob Turner is a retired federal geologist and long-time resident of Bowen Island, who pokes around the corners of Garibaldi Park and the Howe Sound region. He has been explaining geology and landscapes to audiences for over 20 years. He is the co-author of the popular guide to Vancouver geology Vancouver – City on the Edge as well as GeoTour Sea to Sky: Geology and Landscapes along Highway 99.

Bob has made his presentation slides available to us.