When you put 1 Boy Scout leader, 2 Girl Guides and 1 St. John’s Ambulance Officer together for a camping trip, you end up with nothing but days of random adventures and fun.
To start our journey off, we drove through a rough terrain and reached this snow covered road. Unable to drive through the snow, we had to stop to figure out how to continue on.
And so, some of us decided to pack down the snow by running, walking, flying, and jumping on it.
Realistically, none of us could pack down the snow enough for the SUV to drive through. So we decided to head back down to our starting point where we saw this sign.
After wasting a good hour and half, and 1/4 tank of gas, the next sign was a huge reality check for us experienced campers. We chanced upon this sign earlier but instead of turning left, we turned right. It was a definitely a ‘good’ start on our four day camping trip.
Finally, we got to our intended destination. Parked the car. Unloaded the bags. And off we went on our hour and half hike to the campsite!
Lady Luck was on our side after the tiny mishap. We found a sweet spot right in front of the lake, overlooking the snowcap mountains in the distance. Like true camp troopers, we pitched a ‘tent’ with a simple tarp that was tied to two trees. The kitchen space was separate from the sleeping area because it was a bear country and we did not need company from our furry friends.
So what’s Cheakamus Lake and where in the world is it?!
Cheakamus Lake is a lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park on the southeastern outskirts of the resort municipality of Whistler, British Columbia. It has an area of 5.7 km² (2.2 mi²). It is an expansion of the upper Cheakamus River, with the river entering it at its east end and exiting at the west end (cite Wikepedia). Cheakamus is also a great place to go to if you plan to do a day hike. But be warned that it is bear country and it is advisable to bring a bottle of bear spray regardless if you decide to camp or hike in this area.
Hikes that we did during our trip:
Cable Car Crossing (which got replaced by a bridge)
The days flew by us fast. On the last night, we almost had our first encounter with our furry friends. We slept through the strange sounds of rustling leaves, creaking branches, and an unlatched bear spray gun. Thankfully none of us woke up to a warm fur body cuddling us. It was a good adventure trip that allowed me to be completely detached from technology (I left my iPhone at home). If you are thinking of planning a camping trip here, it is best to go in June when the snow is just melting and the temperature is still cool. It ranges from 10 – 15 degrees in the day time and drops to a low of -1 to 7 degrees at night. A good well insulated sleeping bag is a must for a trip like such. Also, there are no showers at the campsite but outhouses are available for your basic needs.
Cheakamus Lake is a good camping ground for both experienced and novice campers.