Whistler Interpretive Forest

Whistler Interpretive Forest

A forested area of Crown Land of just over 2,800 hectares straddling the east and west branches of the Cheakamus Lake Forest Service Road, the Whistler Interpretive Forest sits nestled between Garibaldi Provincial Park and Whistler’s Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood.

Once mostly an active logging area, the Interpretive Forest is now filled with biking and hiking trails (such as Train Wreck), with informative signs describing forestry-related topics (e.g., ecosystems, wildlife, and landscape history). A great place for day hikes, it also provides access to East Jane Lake Trail and the Cheakamus Lake Trail into Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Protection and guardianship are at the heart of the Geopark philosophy. We ask that you treat the land with the same reverence as its original inhabitants, and not remove anything from a site but what you’ve brought to help preserve it for future generations.

  • large, diverse forested area
  • biking and hiking trails
  • abundant interpretive material

GEOLOGIC CONTEXT:

A large, second-growth forested area mostly reclaimed from old actively logged valley-bottom.

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Access to much of the Interpretive Forest and a map can be found at the parking area at the junction of Hwy 99 north and Cheakamus Road.

Services:

Parking and seasonal washrooms at the main access point and Train Wreck parking area.

Hazards:

High bear-use area; always carry bear spray in the backcountry.

Decimal Degrees (DD)

50.086445, -123.036596

Degrees Decimal Minutes (DDM)

50° 5.1867' N  123° 2.1958' W

Degrees Minutes Seconds (DMS)

50° 5' 11.202" N  123° 2' 11.7456" W

What Are Pillars?

The Fire & Ice Aspiring Geopark comprises four main geological pillars referenced in all interpretive material: (M)ountain Building, (G)laciation, (V)olcanism and (C)ollapse.

MOUNTAIN BUILDING

Mountain building can involve several processes that contribute to the formation of mountains, such as the collision of tectonic plates that result in folding, faulting, metamorphism and the creation of subduction zones associated with volcanic activity and igneous intrusion.

GLACIATION

Glaciation refers to landform phenomena associated with the formation, movement and recession of glaciers and ice sheets. In temperate latitudes such as British Columbia, montane glaciation at higher altitudes is the norm while continental glaciation occurred during Ice Ages like the recent Pleistocene.

VOLCANISM

Volcanism is the eruption of subterranean molten rock (magma) and gasses onto the surface of the planet and includes the production of volcanic landforms and the effects of eruptions and flowing lava on pre-existing surface formations.

COLLAPSE

Collapse is a term that refers broadly to both slow processes of destabilization and erosion by wind, water and ice, as well as rapid processes like rockfall and landslides.

Whether acting as primary or secondary forces, one or more of these processes figure in the creation of each geosite.