Whistler best White-Water Kayaking Experience is the Upper Cheakamus River and Callaghan Creek
The Callaghan Creek and the Upper Cheakamus River are some of the most challenging and our top two picks for a white-water experience.
Video: Mike Crane, Tourism Whistler
Although the Whistler region has restrictively difficult rivers, these two are the most accessible. Experts note that Upper Cheakamus is kind of a shorter run, but it’s really good, continuous white-water. The river boasts class four rapids, and for the well-acquainted, the run can be completed in less than half an hour. Paddlers can put in past Whistler Village and up the west side of the river on a logging road, and they can take out at the Function Junction intersection.
Callaghan Creek features two stunning waterfalls, making it another Whistler classic. While kayakers will put in a few kilometres up Callaghan Road, while the take out is handily located just south of Highway 99 beside the bridge over the creek near Cal-Cheak Recreation Site. The creek’s rapids range between class four and five.
Photo credit: Justa Jeskova, Tourism Whistler