Callaghan Lake

July 7, 2003

Callaghan Lake is located in an area of rolling topography including forested and non-forested wetlands, coniferous and deciduous forests, and rare grasslands.

The varied range of habitats supports many types of mammals and birds, and provides a range of recreational opportunities.

Hiking and mountain biking are popular activities on the trails, while anglers enjoy the opportunity to fish for brook trout in Callaghan Lake. There are opportunities for ice-skating on this lake.

Mount Callaghan

The dormant volcano Mount Callaghan overlooks the lake on its north side, while just to the south of the park is the sliding events facility for the 2010 Olympics.

The area surrounding this lake has long been used recreationally by local residents and was previously grazed by cattle.

There are traces of fires, historically, this area was likely burned by First Nations people to increase berry production.

Callaghan Lake was to be the site of the base village for a proposed ski resort, Powder Mountain Resort, but the project never went through due to alleged interference by William Vander Zalm and others in the then-Social Credit government.

After the short hike, we drove across a logging road where we got some nice views of the surrounding mountains.

We reached a viewpoint from where you can see Mt Brew, Cypress Peak, Mt Fee, Metal Dome (a popular winter destination), Brandywine Mountain, Mt Cayley, Powder Mountain, Ring Mountain and Mt Callaghan.

Then, on our way back we did a quick stop on Madeley Lake.

From this point there is a trail that leads to Rainbow Lake.

Tent units are located at the small walk-in campsite at the lake (500 metre walk).

This lake is located 10 miles (16 km) from Highway 99 on the Callaghan Forest Service Road.

On our way home we got beautiful views of Sunshine Coast, Anvil Island, Gambler Island, Bowyer Island and Bowen Island.

Driving distance from Vancouver: 120 km (74.56 mi)

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