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Glacier-fed Cheakamus Lake lies at elevation 915 metres surrounded by mountains that tower to 1,600 metres above its thickly forested shoreline.
All campers must make a reservation through the BC Parks reservations system year-round and must produce proof of reservation; failure to do so can result in an eviction and fines.
Reservations are required for Cheakamus Lake and Helm Creek year-round.
There are no garbage facilities, so always pack out what you pack in!
Cheakamus Lake Campground
Located 3km from the parking lot, the Cheakamus Lake campground offers 10 cleared shoreline tent sites, pit toilet facilities and food hang facilities. Located 7km from the parking lot, the Singing Creek campground offers seven cleared tent sites, pit toilet facilities, and food hang facilities. Be aware food hanging facilities sometimes fill up so be prepared to hang your food.
Helm Creek campground
Located 8.5km from the Cheakamus Lake parking lot, and 18km from the Garibaldi Lake parking lot. The Helm Creek campground offers 30 tent platforms, pit toilet facilities, and food hang facilities. Be aware food hanging facilities sometimes fill up so be prepared to hang your food.
Parking lot to Cheakamus Lake
- Length: 3km
- Suggested time: 45 minutes to 1 hour, one way
- Elevation change: minimal
An easy, pleasant trail that winds through old growth forest. It is possible to portage a kayak or canoe on this trail.
Cheakamus Lake to Singing Creek
- Length: 4km
- Suggested time, one hour one way
- Elevation change: minimal
Cheakamus Lake to Black Tusk Meadows via Helm Creek
- Length: 14.5km
- Suggested time: six to seven hours one way
- Elevation change: 600 metres.
Located 1.5km along the Cheakamus Lake trail, the trail drops down to a bridge across the Cheakamus River. On the other side of the river the trail switchbacks upward, following Helm Creek past the Helm Creek campground, through the Cinder Flats, to the Upper Lakes and the meadows.
Cheakamus Lake parking lot to Garibaldi Lake parking lot via Helm Creek
- Length: 25 km
- Suggested time: two day trip
- Elevation change: 1,000 metres.
Located 1.5km along the Cheakamus Lake trail, the trail drops down to a bridge across the Cheakamus River. On the other side of the river, the trail switchbacks upward, following Helm Creek to the Helm Creek camping area at 8.5km. Continue through the Cinder Flats and Black Tusk meadows to Taylor Meadows and onto the Garibaldi Lake parking lot. Side trips can be made to the Black Tusk, Panorama Ridge, or Garibaldi Lake.
Mountain biking is permitted on the trail as far as the Cheakamus Lake campsites but may not be taken across the Cheakamus River bridge on the Helm Creek trail.
The Cheakamus Lake area experiences increased black bear activity in the spring season. Please use caution while travelling through the area and respect their environment. Stay on the trail and never approach or feed the wildlife. Remember, “A fed bear is a dead bear.”
Learn more about bear safety