Whistler Winter HikingDecember hiking in Whistler is mainly done on snowshoes, though if it hasn't snowed for a few days, trails to Whistler Train Wreck and Rainbow Falls can usually be tackled fairly easily without snowshoes.  The wonderful, multi-use trail network in Whistler, the Valley Trail is amazing on foot all winter, though the overlapping Sea to Sky Trail is quickly buried in December snow.  Some sections of the Valley Trail are snowplowed and some sections are groomed for free cross country skiing.

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The Valley Trail at the end of Lorimer Road that leads to Rainbow Park and in the other direction, to Meadow Park is one of these wonderful, groomed sections that are fun and free cross country skiing trails in Whistler in December.  You can easily hike these sections on foot, but after heavy snow you may wish you had snowshoes on!  Similar to November, in December the snow mostly falls on the higher elevations.  So, snowshoeing to Wedgemount Lake in the deep snow of January or February would be brutally difficult.  In December you may be able to hike on dirt for a while before reaching the snowline.  It varies from year to year, however, December often finds snowshoeing to Wedgemount Lake slightly less exhausting and difficult.  And of course you are almost guaranteed to have the whole valley to yourselves in the cute little Wedge Hut.  Wedgemount Lake is a steep and difficult hike in the summer when there is no snow.  It doesn't require technical skill, but it is just exhausting.  You gain 1220 metres of elevation in just 7 kilometres and hiking with a backpack takes about 2.5 hours to reach the lake.  In the winter, on snowshoes, the Wedgemount Lake trail is considerably harder.  First, the obscured trail is hard to follow, despite the frequent trail markers.  Second, on snowshoes, each step on steep ground is one step forward, half a step backward.

You plod on slowly and with each step slipping back part way.  If you can get past the difficulty of the exhausting winter trek to Wedgemount Lake you will reach an amazing paradise in the mountains.  The Wedgemount Lake hut is an extraordinary oasis of warmth in the middle of the beautiful Wedgemount Lake valley.  Anyone can use the hut, anytime.  It can sleep up to 8 reasonably comfortably and consists of two large tables on the lower level and a small loft that can fit four people.  Sporadically used by skiers in the winter, though rarely used by snowshoers due to the difficulty of the trail in the winter.  If you do make it up to Wedgemount Lake you will be rewarded with a phenomenally beautiful, snow filled mountain paradise of a valley.

Wedgemount Lake Hike in Whistler December

Snowshoeing Wedgemount Lake in December

Wedgemount Lake Snowshoeing is Very DifficultThe Wedgemount Lake trail is deep with snow from November to June most years.  If you snowshoe it November to mid December or mid June to early July, you will only need your snowshoes partway up the trail.  Depending on conditions and traffic on the trail, you may get lucky and be able to follow previous tracks in the snow, however this is not reliable.  The final kilometre before Wedgemount Lake between the months of November and late June is almost always deep with snow, sometimes as late as July! This part is very steep, and even on snowshoes painfully difficult, so consider that if you plan to go.  However difficult and exhausting you think the trail will be, it is far more brutal than you think!  In the snowy days of December, losing the trail is always a consideration worth worrying about and having a GPS with you is a very good idea.  At a good pace, when the trail has snow top to bottom, expect to take over 3.5 hours from your car to the hut.  Some take as long as 6 hours.  You have to add an extra kilometre or two in the winter as well due to having to park 1.5 kilometres down from the usual trailhead parking as it is inaccessible due to snow usually December to April.  

Wedgemount Lake Snowy Day

Wedgemount Lake Snowshoe Whistler December

Wedgemount Lake Snowshoe Whistler December

Wedgemount Lake in the Summer

Wedgemount Lake in the Summer

Wedgemount Lake Snowshoe Map v15

Getting to the Wedgemount Lake Trailhead

Good, Potholed, Gravel Road to Wedgemount ParkingThe free parking at the trailhead to Wedgemount Lake is easy to find as there are Garibaldi Provincial Park signs on the Sea to Sky Highway.  Located just a short and scenic, ten minute drive north of Whistler Village.  An excellent place to see Wedge Mountain on the way to the Wedgemount Lake trailhead is the Green Lake viewpoint at the edge of Highway 99.  Look for the obvious and large pullout on the right side of the Sea to Sky Highway at the far end of Green Lake. The pullout is easy to spot shortly after you lose sight of Green Lake.  The views across to Whistler Mountain, Blackcomb Mountain and Wedge Mountain are amazing.  There is also a nice information board indicating what you are looking at. Also, just after the highway turnoff to Wedgemount Lake there is a beautiful picnic area on Green River.  Picnic tables, serenity and the hugely crashing Green River make this a great spot to relax before your hike.  This is also a superb and free place to camp before and/or after hiking Wedgemount Lake.  Beautiful freshwater river and lots of places to put up a tent near the Green River bridge make it an ideal setting.  From Whistler Village at Village Gate Boulevard, zero your odometer proceed north on Highway 99. At 11.3km a sign will direct you to turn right to "Wedgemount(Garibaldi)". Cross the train tracks and the bridge over Green River and immediately (11.5k) turn left onto the Wedge Creek Forest Service Road. At 11.7km turn right and head up the bumpy but drivable to all types of cars to the parking lot at 13.2km.  In the winter months (December to March) snow will block part or all of the gravel road between the highway and the trailhead parking.

Parkhurst and Wedge Winter Parking

Parkhurst and Wedge Winter Parking

Snowshoeing Mount Sproatt in December

Steep, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailThe Sproatt East trail is one of the nicest snowshoe trails in Whistler.  With the trailhead high up in Stonebridge, partway up the flank of Mount Sproatt, you start snowshoeing already high up in the wonderfully secluded wilderness overlooking Whistler valley.  Just a few metres along the trail you catch glimpses of Black Tusk far across the valley before entering the forest along the Sirloin trail.  The Sproatt East trail branches off from Flank, which is reached by two short, connecting trails, Sirloin and Darwin's.  A short, but steep 160 metre access road leads from the end of Stonebridge Place to the marked trailhead for Sirloin.  Sirloin takes you steeply up through the forest for just 566 metres before crossing Flank and connecting to the start of Darwin's.  Darwin's is when the trail starts getting fun and interesting as there are a few elaborate bridges and boardwalks along the way.

Sproatt East Snowshoe Map v2b

Darwin's continues gradually upward for a few minutes before opening up to this beautiful view of Whistler Valley. 

Sproatt East Darwin's Snowshoeing

Whistler Mountain directly across and Blackcomb Mountain over to the left.

Sproatt East View of Whistler Mountain

The trail heads back into the forest and connects to Flank and just before you cross Nita Creek you see a faint trail lead up to this beautiful spot overlooking the valley.  A series of big, snowy and fairly flat clearings perfect for a camp with a million dollar view.

Sproatt East MSR Access Tent View of Black Tusk

Getting to the Sproatt East Trailhead

Driving to the Sproatt East TrailheadFinding your way to the Sproatt East trail is a bit tricky as there are no signs for the trail and the trailhead where you park your car is unmarked as well.  Despite the lack of signs, the route is fairly straight forward.  From Whistler Village you drive south on the Sea to Sky Highway for 5.3 kilometres, turn right onto Alta Lake Road.  2.3 kilometres along Alta Lake Road turn left onto Stonebridge Drive.  Drive another 1.5 kilometres and turn left onto Stonebridge Place and drive another 800 metres until it ends at a roundabout.  You will see no parking signs along the roundabout, but parking is allowed along the side of the road just a few metres away.

Sproatt East Driving Directions Winter v2

Snowshoeing Joffre Lakes in December

Joffre Lakes Snowshoeing Moderately ChalleningJoffre Lakes is an absolutely stunning place to snowshoe in December.  You can drive to the partially snowplowed trailhead parking all year-round and Joffre Lakes is so popular with skiers that you can almost always rely on ski tracks in the snow to follow.  The trail is fairly well marked with tree markings but having a track in the snow to follow makes the journey much easier. Joffre Lakes is a long, though beautiful 1.2 hour drive north of Whistler.  From the trailhead to the first of the three Joffre Lakes is just a few dozen metres so you almost immediately get some stunning views across the lake to distant mountains.  The trail then ascends a couple kilometres to the second of the Joffre Lakes which reveals even more amazing views.  The third of the Joffre Lakes is at the 5 kilometre mark and you will have gained 400 metres of elevation to get there.  The views at the third lake are, of course, more amazing still.  Though the snowshoeing trail to Joffre Lakes is only moderately difficult a considerable amount of caution should be taken.  For example, in snowy weather the trail may become obscured and wandering off the trail is a dangerous possibility.  Also, the days are short and lingering at the lake too long could leave you out in the dark.  Another risk is the cold temperatures.  Minus 12c is not unusual and being unaccustomed or unprepared for the cold could kill you.

Joffre Lakes Snowshoe Whistler December

Make sure you know what you are doing before snowshoeing the Joffre Lakes trail and if you are unsure of the weather or anything be prepared to turn around part way through the journey.  The trail is fairly well marked with tree markings but having a track in the snow to follow makes the journey much easier.  In the winter, with the lakes frozen and the trees weighed down with snow, Joffre Lakes takes on a serene beauty, with the low sun cutting through the trees and the forest brightly reflecting.  The third of the Joffre Lakes ends in a U-shaped valley where you will find the far side of the lake towering with glaciers relentlessly crushing down on the lake.  The sun fills the valley and the silence is wonderful.  The trailhead and parking lot will be buried in metres of snow in the winter months, however a small parking area is plowed throughout the winter.  There are plenty of signs, so even in snowy weather, you should easily spot them.  From the winter parking area you will likely have to climb over a plowed, wall of snow and then continue through the snow buried parking lot.  At the far end, the parking lot bends right and you will spot the trailhead sign.

Joffre Lakes Snowshoe Whistler December

The first of the Joffre Lakes is just an easy and short 2 minute walk.  Here you can see directly across the lake and beyond to your destination.  The third of the Joffre Lakes will be at the foot of the distant mountain you see in the V of the closer mountains.  If you trust the thickness of the ice on the lake you can take a short-cut by walking across the lake and picking up the trail as it skirts the right side of the lake.  This doesn't cut off much distance, however, and finding the marked trail may be tricky.  Continuing along the trail you slowly ascend through deep forest and across some small creeks.  Past the far side of the first of the Joffre Lakes you then cross a huge boulder field which can be tricky to cross when wet, snowy or icy.  On a sunny day, this is a great place to stop and take in the view.  All around you are massive pillows of snow resting on massive boulders buried far beneath.  The mountains across the valley seem to glow impossibly white.  It's here that you will notice that much of the hike will be in the shade.  Partly because of the deep forest, but also because the trail is mostly on the hillside facing away from the sun.  Because of this you will want to have lots of warm gear and some hot drinks or you won't enjoy the sights on the trail nearly as much.

Joffre Lakes Snowshoe Whistler December

Joffre Lakes Snowshoeing

Joffre Lakes Snowshoe Map v4

Getting to the Joffre Lakes Trailhead

Paved Road to Joffre LakesFrom Whistler, zero your odometer in Whistler at Village Gate Boulevard and follow highway 99 north toward Pemberton. At 32km you will arrive at Pemberton, an intersection, with a Petro Can gas station on your left and McDonalds to your right. Continue straight, through Pemberton. At 39km turn right at the sign to Lillooet. Follow this winding road, and soon you will pass Lillooet Lake on your right as the highway ascends steeply.  You are only 20 minutes from the parking lot now.  At 65km, you will see the large Joffre Lakes parking lot on your right.  There are several worthwhile stops on the drive to Joffre Lakes.  Just five minutes from Whistler Village and you will drive along the edge of Green Lake.  There is an excellent pullout on the right side of the highway at a great viewpoint over the lake.  Wedge Mountain, Blackcomb Mountain, and Whistler Mountain lay beyond Green Lake.  Another 15 minutes driving and you will see the sign for Nairn Falls Provincial Park.  A short and easy 1.2 kilometre trail runs along the wild and crashing Green River to a viewing area on cliffs across from the falls.  In the winter the park gates are closed, so you will have to just park at the edge of the Sea to Sky Highway, next to the gates and walk in.  Continuing north on the Sea to Sky Highway, Pemberton is just another 5 minutes away.  This cute town is your last chance for a coffee shop, grocery store, liquor store or gas station before Joffre Lakes.  You will see two gas stations at the set of traffic lights, but if you want coffee, restaurants, etc, then turn left at these lights and you will find plenty of choices.

Driving to Joffre Lakes Winter Map v7

Snowshoeing Whistler Train Wreck in December

Easy, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailWhistler Train Wreck is a surreal array of colourfully painted train cars that derailed along Cheakamus River several decades ago.  The cars lay in a marvelously serene forest at a particularly gorgeous part of Cheakamus River.  Located in Cheakamus Crossing, just 8 kilometres south of Whistler Village, the Whistler Train Wreck trail is pretty easily accessible year-round.  Even during a snowy December you may get away with not having snowshoes to get to the wrecks.  There are several wonderful highlights of Whistler Train Wreck.  First, the seven colourful and mangled train cars are spread out over an area several hundred metres long.  This makes each car somewhat of a destination of its own.  One car is perched on the edge of a cliff over Cheakamus River.  Another lays in the middle of a clearing in the forest with elaborate bike ramps on, and extending from it.  Yet another lays on its side with the remnants of a small fire pit at its centre and the remnants of what must have been quite a memorable party.

Whistler Train Wreck Snowshoeing

Whistler Train Wreck Snowshoeing

Whistler Train Wreck Snowshoeing

Whistler Train Wreck Snowshoeing

Whistler Train Wreck Snowshoeing December

Whistler Train Wreck Snowshoeing December

Whistler Train Wreck Winter Map v9

History of Whistler Train Wreck

The Whistler Train Wreck happened in 1956 and some of the details have emerged in recent years. The train, coming from Lillooet, was overloaded with lumber and was unable to get up the ascent to Parkhurst, behind Green Lake. To make it through, the train was split into two separate trains, two engines each. This caused the train to fall way behind schedule and the train conductor to ignore a section of construction on the train tracks. He sped through the 24 kilometre per hour section at a dangerously high speed of 56 kilometres per hour. The overloaded train sped through the construction area and the fourth engine turned a rail, jamming three heavily loaded boxcars loaded with lumber. They jammed in a rock cut, an area where rock is blasted out to allow tracks to pass through on the flattest possible route.  Pacific Great Eastern Railway attempted to move the trapped boxcars with no success. They turned to a local logging company for help. The Valleau family brought in a couple tractors and equipment and managed to free the cars. They dragged them out of the rock cut and pushed them into the forest where they still sit. This explains why so many trees older than the train wreck surround the wrecks to this day. It also explains why they are so mangled and spread out over quite a large area. One of the boxcars is precariously on the edge of a cliff overlooking Cheakamus River, quite a distance from the train tracks.

Trailhead & Parking Directions to Whistler Train Wreck

Paved Road to Whistler Train Wreck

Public Transit Directions to Whistler Train WreckThe Whistler Train Wreck is one of the easiest hiking trails in Whistler to get to by car, bike or public transit.  Public transit runs continuously between Whistler Village and Cheakamus Crossing for just $3 one-way.  The bus will drop you off at the HI Hostel and a short section of the Sea to Sky Trail connects you to the Trash Trail and Whistler Train Wreck.  If you would rather bike to the trailhead you are in for a treat.  From anywhere in Whistler the bike ride to Train Wreck is very nice.  Whistler's Valley Trail system and the Sea to Sky Trail connect you to Cheakamus Crossing from Whistler Village with only one road crossing!  The wide, two lane, paved Valley Trail takes you through some beautiful scenery and along three lakes.  Only 9 kilometres by bike, Whistler Train Wreck is easily within reach by bike.  Walking to the Train Wreck trailhead is a possible option as well.  The same route as by bike, you will pass by some amazing scenery and get from Whistler Village to the trailhead in well under 3 hours.  To get to the trailhead for Whistler Train Wreck, drive 7.6 kilometres south of Whistler Village.  At the traffic lights at Function Junction turn left onto Cheakamus River Rd, then immediately left again in the the huge parking lot for Whistler Interpretive Forest.  This is the official parking area for Train Wreck, though still without signs indicating the Trash Trail or Train Wreck.  There are much better and closer parking options to the Trash Trail located across from the Sea to Sky Trail entry in Cheakamus Crossing. One very large, though still unmarked parking area located a stone's throw, across from the Sea to Sky Trail trailhead has room for about 20 cars(pictured here below). Plenty of signs warn you to not park on the road in any way as the area is used by enormous construction vehicles.

Whistler Train Wreck Winter Driving Map

Another good, possible the best place to park is just a couple hundred metres into the Jane Lakes Forest Service Road(aka: Cheakamus River FSR). Drive just a couple hundred metres in and you will spot an old gravel road on the right ascend steeply up into the forest with a trailhead sign for Trash Trail.  There is room for a couple vehicles along the clearing next to the Trash Trail sign.  The road from the sign quickly narrows and finally blocked by boulders about 50 metres in.  You could certainly park here keeping mindful about not blocking other cars or being blocked in yourself.  Alternatively you could park at the edge of the Jane Lakes FSR where it met this road(next to the Trash Trail sign).  From here you continue up a briefly steep trail for about 1 kilometre before reaching a nicely signed and new junction directing you(for the first time) to the Whistler Train Wreck.  From where you park to the amazing new Train Wreck bridge should only take you 15 minutes. The Whistler Train Wreck, of course is located just beyond the bridge.

Snowshoeing Cheakamus River in December

Easy, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailCheakamus River is a beautiful, crashing, turquoise coloured river that flows from Cheakamus Lake, through Whistler Interpretive Forest at Cheakamus Crossing, then down past Brandywine Falls to Daisy Lake.  Also a popular kayaking route, the main attraction to Cheakamus River is the wonderful and quite extensive network of hiking and biking trails that run along either side of it.  The Riverside trail and the Farside trail run on either side of Cheakamus River and connect at both ends by bridges.  Connecting to the Riverside trail is the short trail to Logger's Lake, which in turn is surrounded by more hiking and biking trails.  The Lake Loop trail, Crater Rim trail, the Ridge trail, Upper Ridge trail, and the Lower Ridge trail.  On the Farside trail along Cheakamus River you can connect to Cheakamus Road(gravel road) and hike 6 kilometres up to the Cheakamus Lake trailhead.  On the other side of the neighbourhood of Cheakamus Crossing, which Cheakamus River bends around keeping the Sea to Sky Highway and train tracks on its opposite side, you find still more hiking and biking trails.  Trash trail hugs the river all the way to the beautiful bridge to Whistler Train Wreck.  Or, continue past the bridge to connect with the Sea to Sky trail.  For the most part, however, if you are talking about the Cheakamus River trails you are likely talking about the Farside and Riverside trails in Whistler's Interpretive Forest.  Eight kilometres south of Whistler Village and surrounding the recently constructed neighbourhood of Cheakamus Crossing is Whistler Interpretive Forest.  This beautiful forest surrounds the Cheakamus River and has been cut and replanted in several areas in the past decades. Hiking and biking trails have sprung up over the years making the area a wonderful place to explore. Unfortunately, the Interpretive Forest is day-use only, no camping is permitted.  The main highlights of the Interpretive Forest are the Cheakamus River trails, and the extraordinary Logger's LakeLogger's Lake, just a short hike from the Cheakamus River suspension bridge, sits within a 10000 year old, extinct volcano and is a hiking destination on its own.

Cheakamus River Snowshoeing

The Cheakamus River hiking and snowshoeing trails are located just 8 kilometres south of Whistler Village just off of the Sea to Sky Highway.  This well marked, though beautifully remote feeling snowshoeing trail takes you along both sides of the wildly crashing Cheakamus River.  Snow begins to fall heavy in the Whistler area in December, so the best months for snowshoeing Cheakamus River are from December to early April.  These trails are frequently used year-round so the snow on the trail is often packed down.  You may find that you don't need snowshoes for much or all of the trail.  One of the best routes is to walk/snowshoe from your car for about 100 metres following the road to Cheakamus Lake.  At about 100 metres you will see a branching road go to the right and a large, vehicle bridge cross the Cheakamus River.  Cross the bridge and you will immediately see a trail on your left running along the river.  This trail, with Cheakamus River on your left will descend and ascend through a beautiful forest.  Sometimes close to the river, sometimes 100 metres away.

Cheakamus River Snowshoeing

Another very nice snowshoeing trail, the Ridge Trail, extends from the Cheakamus River trail.  You can find it easily by several excellent trail signs at various junctures.  The Ridge trail takes you up a and away from Cheakamus River to Logger’s Lake where you can go around Logger’s Lake, or just along one side before re-connecting to the Cheakamus River trail not far from the suspension bridge.  As these trails are popular in the summer for hiking and biking they are well marked with signs.  The Cheakamus River suspension bridge, which is 2k from where you parked and should take about an hour to reach.  There are wide and straight logging roads on either side of the Cheakamus River which ensure that you can't get lost if you stray from the marked trails.

Cheakamus River Snowshoeing Map v6

Once you reach the suspension bridge you can cross it and return to your car from the other side of the river.  You will see a trail on the other side of the bridge on your left. You can also snowshoe back via the Cheakamus Lake Westside Road which is just a hundred metres or so from the bridge (after you cross it from the side you just snowshoed).  As long as you keep within the bounds of the Cheakamus Lake Road and the Cheakamus River on your way back to your car you can pick your own route as the trails branch in and out in this confined area as it ascends back to your car and starting point.  There are no facilities on the trail however in Cheakamus Crossing just a one minute drive past the trailhead you will see the large Hostel, the HI Whistler which has an amazing coffee shop where you can get a great selection of food and drinks and even a beer or glass of wine.

Parking & Trailhead Directions to Cheakamus River

Paved Road to Cheakamus River

Public Transit to TrailheadParking for the Cheakamus River trails and Whistler's Interpretive Forest are numerous. The main Whistler Interpretive Forest parking lot is located just off the Sea to Sky Highway. Easy to spot and just metres from the highway. There is a bus stop very close to the parking lot, so it is convenient by bus as well. Biking to the Cheakamus River trails is very easy because the Sea to Sky trail and Whistler's Valley Trail system connects to Cheakamus Crossing from the Village. The route is very scenic and on a wide, two lane purpose build, multi-use trail. This trail actually cuts through the Interpretive Forest's parking lot.  In the winter months snow blocks the gravel road to Cheakamus River and Cheakamus Lake, however the two trails along either side of the river both start just a few metres along the snow covered access road.  If you park at the Interpretive Forest parking lot, you start by heading down Cheakamus Lake Road for about 400 metres and you will see signs for Cheakamus Lake on your left.  Cheakamus Lake forest service road will likely be deep with snow and you start snowshoeing from there.  A few metres along this road and the road splits with one road continuing up to Cheakamus Lake and the other crossing a nice bridge over the river and heads up along the other side of Cheakamus River.  One side is called the Riverside Trail and the other is called the Farside Trail.  Both trails are similar and meet 2 kilometres up the river at the nice suspension bridge.

Cheakamus River Winter Directions Map v4

Snowshoeing Brandywine Falls in December

Easy, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailJust south of the Cheakamus River and Train Wreck trails is a wonderful place to snowshoe in December, Brandywine Falls. Brandywine Falls Provincial Park is located along the Sea to Sky Highway, 15 minutes south of Whistler and BC Parks has locked the parking lot during winter for years.  In 2021, despite the ever-increasing popularity of the park, has now put up tow away zone signs along the large turnaround area outside the gate.  With no decent parking alternatives nearby this has prevented thousands of people from enjoying this beautiful park and one of the best, and free attractions along the Sea to Sky Highway.  Some wintertime visitors to Brandywine Falls know to park at the Bungee Bridge down the very potholed Cal-Cheak forest service road.  As inconvenient as this sounds, it is actually a pretty nice alternative as the Bungee Bridge is a worthwhile sight on its own and the 3 kilometre trail to Brandywine Falls is nice and easy.  There are quite a few highlights along the Bungee Bridge to Brandywine Falls trail.  The Bungee Bridge is quite an impressive sight to see spanning Cheakamus River high above the tree tops.  Whistler Bungee is open year-round which is why the road is plowed in the winter and drivable.  When they have bookings you will see people bungee jumping off the bridge and there is a great viewing area across from the bridge at the edge of the cliffs.  Cheakamus River is a beautiful, crashing river cutting through a deep canyon far below and seeing it from such a height is fantastic.  The Sea to Sky Trail is another highlight of this hike as it is easy to follow, wide and well defined with signs at every junction.

Bungee Bridge to Brandywine Falls Map

Whistler Bungee Bridge to Brandywine Falls

Easy, Dog Friendly SnowshoeingThe three kilometre Cal-Cheak forest service road takes you through the Cal-Cheak Campground.  The name Cal-Cheak is derived from Callaghan Creek and Cheakamus River which flow on either side of the campground and merge at its southern end.  The bridge you drive across on the Cal-Cheak FSR is over Cheakamus River just before it merges with Callaghan Creek.  The Sea to Sky Trail which runs through the campground merges, onto and overlaps the Cal-Cheak FSR all the way to the Bungee Bridge.  The parking area for the Bungee Bridge is located directly under the bridge.  The 2 metre wide, 100 metre long, $300,000 bridge was built in 2002 by Whistler Bungee.  Spanning the large canyon its highest point is 50 metres above Cheakamus River.  Back in 1994 when there were competing bids for commercial tenures for bungee jumping in Whistler, Whistler Bungee Inc won, in large part by building the bridge for public use as well as for their commercial use. 

Whistler Bungee Bridge Parking

A decade later when plans for the enormous Sea to Sky Trail were in the works, the Bungee Bridge was incorporated into the route.  It is also why the Sea to Sky Trail overlaps the Cal-Cheak forest service road here, despite there being a beautiful forest trail running through the campground, across Cal-Cheak Suspension Bridge and onto Brandywine Falls.  That route is arguably nicer to hike and bike, but of coarse misses the Bungee Bridge, which is too nice of an attraction to not include along the Sea to Sky Trail.

Sea to Sky Trail Bungee Bridge

Snowy Whistler Bungee Bridge

Whistler Bungee Jump View

Brandywine Falls Snowy Viewpoint

Brandywine Falls Snowshoeing Whistler

Top of Brandywine Falls

Bungee Bridge Map Winter v3

Nairn Falls Snowshoeing in December

Easy, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailBrandywine Falls Provincial Park is about 15 minutes south of Whistler Village and another beautiful waterfall park is located about the same distance north.  Nairn Falls Provincial Park has a relaxing 1.2 kilometre hiking/snowshoeing trail that runs along Green River to a gorgeous viewing area in the midst of Nairn Falls.  The popular trail is actually hike-able year-round, so you most likely will not need your snowshoes unless there has been lots of new snow in the last couple days.  The trail is well marked and doesn't gain any significant elevation, making it a very easy, kid friendly trail.  The viewing area is located within a bend in the falls/river and the churning waters rushes around where you stand, far below.  The water crashes through deep cuts in the rock and rushes into deep, green pools.  There is a wonderful sign depicting how the area was formed over thousands of years.  A short side trail from the main viewing area takes you over to an abrupt edge, where you can look down on the Green River below.  Railings have been constructed as a precaution to prevent people falling off the cliff

Nairn Falls Provincial Park Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing to Nairn Falls

Snowy Nairn Falls

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Books About Whistler Wildlife

Plants of the Whistler RegionPFlora and Fauna of the West Coast of BClants of the Whistler Region is an excellent book that includes great pictures and descriptions of most trees you will find in Whistler. Small enough to fit in your pocket and comprehensive enough to identify most things you will encounter growing in the forests of Whistler. Along with conifer trees and broadleaf trees the book has chapters on flowers, berries, ferns and shrubs. You can find Plants of the Whistler Region on Amazon, the Whistler Library and at Armchair Books in Whistler Village. The author Collin Varner has a wonderful series of Plants of.. books on various regions beyond Whistler. Plants of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, Plants of the Gulf and San Juan Islands and Southern Vancouver Island, and Plants of the West Coast Trail. In the last couple years he has started a new series of books. The Flora and Fauna of Coastal British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest and Edible and Medicinal Flora of the West Coast: British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.

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Whistler, the surrounding mountains, and Garibaldi Provincial Park are home to two types of bears.  Black bears and grizzly bears.  Black bears are ...
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The Roundhouse Lodge is the centre of activity on much of Whistler Mountain.  It is where the Whistler Gondola drops off and next to where the Peak 2 Peak ...
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The Coast Mountains run from the Yukon down to Vancouver along the west coast of British Columbia in a band that averages 300 kilometres wide(190 miles).  ...
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The Barrier formed as a result of huge lava flows from Clinker Peak on the west shoulder of Mount Price during the last ice age.  About thirteen thousand ...
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Erratic or Glacier Erratic is a piece of rock that has been carried by glacial ice, often hundreds of kilometres.  Characteristic of their massive size and ...
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Bench: a flat section in steep terrain.  Characteristically narrow, flat or gently sloping with steep or vertical slopes on either side.  A bench can be ...
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Twentyone Mile Creek begins its long and steep journey from Rainbow Lake, high up and between Mount Sproatt and Rainbow Mountain.  Cutting between the two ...
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Bushwhack is a term often used in Canada and the United States to refer to hiking off-trail where no trail exists.  Literally means 'bush' and 'whack'.  To ...
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Whistler & Garibaldi Hiking

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Panorama Ridge is easily one of the most amazing hikes in Garibaldi Provincial Park.  The 15 kilometre(9.3 mile) hike from the trailhead at Rubble Creek to Panorama Ridge takes you through beautiful and deep ...
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Russet Lake is a surreal little paradise that lays at the base of The Fissile, in Garibaldi Provincial Park. The Fissile is the strikingly bronze mountain visible from Whistler Village.  From the Village ...
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Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is a gorgeous park with extraordinarily coloured lakes, waterfalls, stunning mountain peaks and ominous glaciers pouring into the valley.  Joffre Lakes is one of those incredible ...
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Brandywine Falls is one of the must see sights on the drive to or from Whistler, and arguably the nicest of Whistler’s numerous beautiful waterfalls.  Located about halfway between Squamish and Whistler, the ...
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