Cheakamus River Tours
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The Cheakamus River flows roughly parallel to the Sea-to-Sky Highway between Whistler and Vancouver, but its path is far different than the paved four-lane highway. Much of the river flows through Cheakamus Canyon, where plenty of exciting whitewater rapids and one sizeable waterfall make the river a popular rafting and kayaking route. None of the rapids are too challenging, so the trip is considered suitable for kids and parents alike.
The river is also a favorite spot for local fisherman. Coho and Chum salmon swim upriver between September and December; Bull, Rainbow and Cutthroat trout fishing is strong from late autumn until early spring; and Steelhead season typically lasts from March until May.
The Cheakamus River descends from Cheakamus Lake, located in Garibaldi Park and just behind Whistler Mountain. It’s only a 1.8-mile (3-km), one-hr hike from the trailhead near Whistler’s Function Junction to the lake, but it’s a very scenic trail that winds through old-growth forest before arriving at the emerald-colored lake. It’s an additional 2.5-mile (4-km) hike to the opposite end of the lake; however, the views improve every step of the way. There are backcountry tent sites right on the lakeshore, too, for hikers hoping to spend the night.
The Cheakamus River is 44 miles (70 km) long. Its source is on Outlier Peak, in Garibaldi Provincial Park, and it flows south through Cheakamus and Daisy lakes before flowing into the Squamish River just before the Squamish River flows into Howe Sound.
Address: Whistler, BC, Canada
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Cheakamus River
This private locally guided Whistler Sightseeing Tour will take you to discover the entire Whistler Valley. A unique, scenic, fun and informative adventure to the areas most picturesque locations, Olympic venues, historic sites and hidden local shopping districts. A must for those who wish to see it all, take fantastic photos and enjoy priceless local knowledge. Bear, eagle and other wildlife are often spotted en route over the warmer months, so don't forget your camera!
Discover one of Whistler’s most unique locations on this fully guided hike to the Whistler Train Wreck. On this tour you will enjoy the pristine beauty of the coastal temperate rain forest, cross a suspension bridge spanning the mighty Cheakamus River and spend time at the site of a once forgotten Train Wreck. The Whistler Train Wreck is a series of mangled up railway boxcars left from a crash that happened back in the 1950's. Over the years local artist have been in and painted the wreck in all kinds of vibrant graffiti, giving it a unique contrast from the towering cedar trees above and glacial stream below.
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What's the best way to experience Cheakamus River?
The best ways to experience Cheakamus River are:
- Private Whistler Sightseeing Tours: Discover all of Whistler!
- Whistler Train Wreck & Suspension Bridge Hike
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