Cal-Cheak Recreation Site

Located just off Highway 99 and a short drive from Whistler, this campground is First Come, First Serve and was only $15 a night, paid by cash in an envelope. You slide the envelope into a yellow lockbox with your license plate # and the amount of money written on it. My kids were mind blown that there is still a campground run on the “honor system” and I said it just goes to show there are still good people in this world!

This rec site features gorgeous views, including a suspension bridge to walk across. If the water was lower, it looked like there would be some beautiful beach areas to hang out on the river at too. There are over 55 sites located between Callaghan Creek and Cheakamus River, and from the suspension bridge you can view the convergence of the two.

There are garbage cans, bear caches, and a composting toilet.


We stayed in what appeared to be a new section of the campground. There were 4 separate loops to choose from.

These sites looked freshly cleared with fresh gravel and leftover logs from trees cleared to create these spots. The sites also have picnic tables and fire pits. The only downside was the longer walk to the outhouse! These sites seemed a little bit more spread out, and we chose one up a small hill which was nice.

The suspension bridge looks like it has been there for a long time, making my daughter quite nervous, and on the other side there was a nice open area in the trees and looked like it would be a wonderful place to have a fire by the river and just hang out. My husband and I discussed returning when the water is lower, as we believe there would be some beautiful spots along the shore of the river to spend the day.

Behind our campsite was a small sign indicating the Sea-to-Sky trail! It had signage to follow to Whistler village, Squamish Adventure Centre, and Brandywine Falls. If my knee was in better shape, we would’ve explored it more for sure. I can see this being a popular spot for trail runners and mountain bikers.

We spent two beautiful nights here, and after the first night we drove the short distance to whistler and spent the afternoon walking through the village, eating pizza by the slice and taking in the sights. We were listening to FM radio and kept hearing commercials for Fat Tony’s Pizza and my son was set on trying it. Well it was a little bit hidden to find, so we ended up going past it and needing Google Maps to get us there! Talk about a tourist moment…

This recreation site was pretty quiet, there were a few sites blocked off with signs to choose a different site, and this was apparently due to trees that were at risk of blowing down, but we had no problem finding a site, and saw a fair amount of changeover while staying there.

The stars were so bright at night, and you could barely hear any noise from the highway. This is definitely a spot we will return to camp again, and I’ve already suggested it to my husband and his golfing buddies!

For more information about this recreation site, you can learn more here. It is open May 1st – October 31st.  This is probably the cheapest accommodation located this close to Whistler! Located 3km North of Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, on HWY 99, just past Callaghan Road Turn-off, turn right, cross the train tracks. This is the beginning of the Daisy Lake Forest Service Road (AKA Cal-Cheak FSR). Travel about 100m to the first campsite. There are three groups of sites, the first one is called “Callaghan Camp”, then the North and South Sites located another 200-500m further along the FSR.

As always, thank you for reading! Drop a comment below if you have ever stayed here, or somewhere close by. I’m already starting my list of places to explore next year!

Published by Road Trip Mama

I am a 34 year old Mom of two, married to my wonderful husband living in Beautiful British Columbia. My kids are 9 and 12 and pretty much complete opposites! My daughter loves to Road Trip like her Mama and my son is more ‘are we there yet?’ From 8 hour road trips to see family, ferries to the island or just a good old drive up a dirt road, I’ll have tips to keep the kids entertained, food to pack and road reports! We are so fortunate to live in this beautiful place surrounded by mountains and rivers and endless trails to explore! Follow me and see how I maintain my sanity on these trips!

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