One of the easier hikes in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Cheakamus Lake offers beautiful views of a turquoise lake surrounded by towering mountains and lush forests.
Walk towards the sign at the far end of the parking lot and take a look at the BC Parks map. Look past the sign for a view of the Cheakamus River far below. Start your walk along the trail as it gradually heads uphill and into the trees.
Just over half an hour into your hike, you reach a sign that points the way to Helm Lake. For a short side trip, walk down this trail towards Cheakamus River and onto the bridge for a view of the rushing river below. After taking in the roaring sound of the river, walk back up towards the main trail and turn right to head towards Cheakamus Lake.
As you near the lake after walking just 3km, the turquoise river appears to the right of the trail. Another short distance along the trail and you have reached the north end of the lake.
Just beyond the first views of the lake is a camping area where campers can set up their tents along the shoreline. Continue walking along the lake for another 4km towards the Singing Creek campground at the other end of the lake. Here is a rocky area along the side of the lake that offers beautiful views of the lake and the surrounding scenery.
After enjoying a lunch break in the beautiful lake surroundings, follow your footsteps back along the trail where you came from towards the parking lot where you started your walk earlier in the day.
How to get to Cheakamus Lake
Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver: 2 hours 15 minutes
Cheakamus Lake is located just south of Whistler. To reach the trailhead, drive west along Highway #1 towards Horseshoe Bay and take the Highway #99 (Sea to Sky Highway) turnoff northbound towards Squamish and Whistler. Continue along Highway #99 passing the town of Squamish and driving towards Whistler. As you near Whistler, watch for BC Parks signs pointing the way to the Cheakamus Lake turnoff. At the first set of lights in Whistler, turn right and after driving a few hundred meters, turn left onto a dirt road. Continue for 6km along the dirt road until you reach a parking lot where the trail to Cheakamus Lake begins.
View a map of Driving directions to Cheakamus Lake.
Camping at Cheakamus Lake
Cheakamus Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park has two campsites next to the lake, both of which are along a flat trail from the parking lot and have pit toilets and places to hang your food.
Dogs at Cheakamus Lake
Dogs are NOT allowed at Cheakamus Lake or on any other trails in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Toilets at Cheakamus Lake
Several pit toilets are located throughout the park including at the parking area, the Cheakamus Lake campsite, and the Singing Pass campsite.
Cheakamus Lake near Whistler, BC
The view of Cheakamus Lake from Singing Pass Creek
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