The Callaghan River is one of the most
classic in the Whistler area. Easy logistics and a short length make it
possible and popular to enjoy after work. On our particular trip it's
our first time into the Whister area and we get bogged down getting
through Vancouver due to road construction. Lucky for us it's a short
run. Our luck continues as we meet Gerard Meszaros, a Canadian paddler
who knows the run. Best known for two clean waterfalls, Callaghan Creek
is full of good IV to easy V rapids and kind of pool drop if that makes
sense. The pools are not flat swimming pools, but it's not non-stop in
your face action either. The pools are generally moving water with
We park at a wide spot and walk to the put in. It's possible to do the
same at a bridge higher up but reportedly the river isn't good up there
at these low water levels. It starts off rocky but narrows up to nice
channels in just a hundred yards.
Daniel Brasuell with some nice evergreens.
Just a little ways into the run we make a quick portage on the right
around a river wide ledge with a nasty cave. At higher flows it's good
on the right but that's exactly where we're walking. No big deal, it's
an easy portage and we make quick time to above the first waterfall
where we pause for beta from Gerard.
Diane Gaydos enjoying the first falls of Callaghan Creek.
Daniel Brasuell boofs the same.
Eric Chance in the run out.c
The first falls leads quickly into the
second waterfall that is strikingly different. Daniel Brasuell.
Following someone that knew the run we
didn't get out for the rest of the action. In the following days we'd
lap Callaghan at least once a day, enjoying a great mix of people to
paddle with. Despite many laps we never motivated enough to capture any
of the in between rapids, which are quite fun. It would be a long day
of none in the group knew the river.
The best birthday on the river celebration I've ever seen, Rata
Lovell-smith brings cupcakes and candles down for Phil Ip.