Cheakamus River, Whistler

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The Cheakamus River is a tributary of the Squamish River, beginning on the west slopes of Outlier Peak in Garibaldi Provincial Park upstream from Cheakamus Lake on the southeastern outskirts of the resort area of Whistler. The river flows into Cheakamus Lake before exiting it and flowing northwest until it turns south and enters Daisy Lake. Between the outlet of Daisy Lake and its mouth, much of its length is spent going through Cheakamus Canyon, where the river flows through swift rapids and even one good sized waterfall. The river flows south from the lake and through the canyon before joining the Squamish River at Cheekye, a few miles north of the town of Squamish. The river's name is an anglicization of the name of Chiyakmesh, a village of the Squamish people and a reserve of the Squamish Nation.The c. 70 km length of the Cheakamus is followed by British Columbia Highway 99 and the British Columbia Railway. The Cheakamus is a whitewater rafting and kayaking route, and is known for its steelhead and salmon fishing. Much of the flow of the upper Cheakamus is diverted from Daisy Lake beneath the mountains to the west to the Cheakamus Powerhouse on the Squamish River. Notable just north of Daisy Lake is Brandywine Falls. The Nordic events complex of the 2010 Winter Olympics was located on Callaghan Creek, a tributary of the Cheakamus just upstream from Brandywine Creek.
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  • June 19, 2017
    The River trail runs to all sides of this rough Pearl full of Rapids, after about an hour walking from the junction with hwy 99 to get a hanging bridge along where you on the other side of the River back to your starting point.
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  • March 14, 2017
    Coming up with the Whistler Transit to Cheakamus just really make steps to find himself surrounded by nature typical of BC. All around are also trees and snow around the Cheakamus Riverside loop is beaten so as to make easier the use of snowshoes or fatbike. Deserves especially to reach the bridge and cross the river.
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  • December 6, 2016
    One of the coolest trails i have walked so far...the train wreck trail near the lake cheakamus I felt kind of scary because they said there could possibly be bears, but that made the walk more intense...  more »

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