History

History of The Cheekye

Over 100 years ago, the location of Cheekye Ranch was the start of the famous Pemberton Trail. It was early in the 1900`s tourism had started for Squamish. Vancouver and as far away as New York, vacationers would leave the ports in Vancouver and arrive by sea at the government Wharf. From there, the trek was made to Cheekye by horseback or stage-coach and eventually the Cheakamus Stage named “Rapid” in 1910 driven by Harry Judd.

Cheakamus House “James Road House”

Cheakamus “James Roadhouse”House 1910-1911
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The folks would be here to fish or hunt, as the Cheakamus  and surrounding rivers were abundant and the best known in BC at the time with Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout you could only dream about. The hunting wasn’t that bad either.

Cheekye Lodge  and Cheakamus House

Cheekye Lodge 

Cheekye Lodge freom Bridge

Cheakamus House

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The Cheekye Lodge is still standing today and the owners of Fergie’s make it their home. The Cheakamus House wasn’t so lucky and was destroyed and swept away by a massive flood in 1920.

Later Cheekye became a passenger station on the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. It was home to a fishing lodge, cabins, a small store, a logging camp, and a post office from October 16, 1924 to August 8, 1931. 

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The Cheakamus River

Named after the Cheekye River, Cheekye Ranch is at the corner of the only bridge across the Cheakamus River, below the abandoned settlement of Garibaldi. The bridge leads to two roads. The right heads northeast to the Paradise Valley neighbourhood, which lies along the Cheakamus below its canyon. The left leads up the Squamish Valley to various Indigenous Lands of the Squamish Nation. Continuing north leads to the valleys of the Elaho and other tributaries of the Squamish river.