Recent Searches
Clear
Cheakamus River
Cheakamus River

Cheakamus River

Whistler, BC

The basics

With churning rapids and scenic riverbanks, the Cheakamus River is an obvious choice for paddlers. White-water rafting and kayaking trips along the river typically depart from Squamish or Vancouver. Some tours combine river paddles with a ride on the nearby Sea to Sky Gondola. The Cheakamus is also a popular fishing destination, with chinook and coho salmon, steelhead trout, and char all present in its waters. While traveling down the river, enjoy views of the towering Coast Mountain peaks.

Show all
Whistler Sightseeing Tour: Discover all of Whistler Year-Round!
Whistler Sightseeing Tour: Discover all of Whistler Year-Round!
$75.55 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fascinating facts about Whistler
Learning about the history of Whistler. Being taken to areas we wouldn't have found or visited on our own.
richard_k, Aug 2022

Things to know before you go

  • The Cheakamus River is a beginner-friendly rafting destination, with gentle Class I and II rapids.
  • Valid licenses are needed to fish on the river.
  • During the winter, look out for migrating bald eagles who can often be spotted on branches at the river’s edge.
Show all

How to get there

The Cheakamus River is about 60–90 minutes’ drive from Vancouver. Follow the Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99) north. The Squamish Valley Road exit will take you to Cheekye, where the river can be accessed. The upper sections of the Cheakamus River can be reached via Cheakamus Lake Road near Whistler Village.

Show all

Trip ideas

How to Spend 1 Day in Whistler

How to Spend 1 Day in Whistler

How to Spend 2 Days in Whistler

How to Spend 2 Days in Whistler


When to get there

White-water rafting season begins with snowmelt around early May and extends until late September. The fishing season typically runs from September to December, and between March and May.

Show all

Cheakamus Lake Trail

For a scenic hike along the river, follow the Cheakamus Lake Trail near Whistler. Extending for 8.9 miles (14.3 kilometers), the trail runs around the edge of the lake and offers views of the pristine waters, which mirror the surrounding forests and peaks. Although the access road to the trailhead is bumpy, the path itself is flat and relatively easy.

Show all
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Cheakamus River?
A:
Attractions near Cheakamus River:
Q:
What else should I know about attractions in Whistler?
A:
As well as visiting the Cheakamus River, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: