Cheekye Fan is a large paraglacial debris flow fan in southwest British Columbia. It owes its origin to the collapse of Mount Garibaldi, a volcano that erupted in contact with glacier ice near the end of the Pleistocene Epoch. The fan extended across Howe Sound, isolating a freshwater lake upstream of the fan from a fjord downstream of it. Squamish River built a delta into this lake during the Holocene. We use 28 radiocarbon ages to describe the final infilling of the lake and the subsequent evolution of the Squamish River floodplain over the past 3300 years. These events are recorded in fine-grained lacustrine, wetland, river channel, and overbank sediments exposed in the banks of Squamish River over a distance of more than 10 km upstream of the fan. We link these deposits to construction, persistence, and eventual degradation of the dam formed by Cheekye Fan and a smaller inset fan formed by Cheakamus River, into which Cheekye River flows. The coupled Cheekye Fan – Squamish River floodplain system is similar to other low-gradient valley floors upstream of fans such as at Tulare Lake, California, and Alexandra River in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Future debris flows and landslides in the headwaters of Cheekye River are likely to continue to affect base level on lower Squamish River. We speculate that future aggradation of Cheekye Fan would cause increased flooding and sediment deposition upstream of this barrier. These landscape linkages should be included in future land-use planning in lower Squamish River valley.

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