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  • Address: Whistler, BC, Canada

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Cheakmus River Tours

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.

Practical Info

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.

Tours & Tickets

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Full-Day Cheakamus Rafting and Sea to Sky Gondola Combo from Vancouver, Vancouver, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Full-Day Cheakamus Rafting and Sea to Sky Gondola Combo from Vancouver

Enjoy a full day of fun, first rafting on the small rapids of Cheakamus Splash surrounded by outstanding scenery then riding up to and exploring the Sea to Sky ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $147.04
Whistler Mountains and Adventures Tour Including Admission to Scandinave Spa, Whistler, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Whistler Mountains and Adventures Tour Including Admission to Scandinave Spa

Explore beautiful British Columbia on a 11-hour small-group tour to the alpine village of Whistler. From Vancouver, travel along epic mountainous terrain and ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $163.38
Squamish Cheakamus White-Water Rafting, Squamish, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Squamish Cheakamus White-Water Rafting

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover your sense of adventure and love of the outdoors on this fun and memorable family-friendly rafting trip midway between Vancouver and Whistler. This ...  Read more

Location: Squamish, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.68

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