Flanked by the snowy summits of the Pacific Ranges and covered in old-growth forest, the Callaghan Valley is a wonderfully wild playground for outdoor adventurists. The valley, which hosted the Nordic events of the 2010 Winter Olympics, is prime cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ski touring turf, and draws hikers in summer.
Callaghan Valley is known for its reliable winter snow. Adventure-seeking visitors arrive in the snow-sure valley to take advantage of the numerous opportunities for outdoor fun. Together, Callaghan Country and Whistler Olympic Park offer an extensive network of skiing, snowshoeing, and ski touring routes, as well as biathlon and tobogganing facilities. For high-speed thrills, opt for a snowmobile tour around the valley, navigating your way through forest trails and across frozen lakes. In summer, guided walking and e-bike tours focus on nature and the sporting legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Things to know before you go
- Driving conditions in the valley can be difficult in winter, especially after heavy snow, and secondary roads may not be plowed; ensure your car has winter tires and carry chains.
- Forest service roads in the valley are not well-maintained and are best tackled with a four-wheel drive.
- Cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment can be rented from Callaghan Country’s Alexander Falls Touring Centre and from Whistler Olympic Park Day Lodge.
How to get there
Callaghan Valley is just off the Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99), about a 20-minute drive south of Whistler. Shuttle buses run between Whistler Village and Whistler Olympic Park between late December and the end of March.
When to get there
The snow season in Callaghan Valley is long, with snow typically present between December and April. On Wednesdays between January and mid-March, you can try late-night skiing at Whistler Olympic Park.
Callaghan Lake Provincial Park
In summer, visitors to the area can camp at Callaghan Lake Provincial Park. Drive-in camping spots are available at the lake’s edge. The low water temperature hinders the growth of algae, keeping the lake surface mirror-clear and reflecting the surrounding peaks.
- Brandywine Falls
- Cheakamus River
- Whistler Olympic Park
- Alexander Falls
- FireRock Lounge
- Whistler Mountain Bike Park
- Whistler Village
- Audain Art Museum
- Peak 2 Peak Gondola
- Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains
- Fairmont Chateau Whistler
- Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Center (SLCC)
- Fitzsimmons Creek
- Green Lake
- Callaghan Lake Provincial Park