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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains > Chilliwack

Chilliwack
The City of Chilliwack is located 92 km (57 miles) east of Vancouver and 50 km (30 miles) west of Hope on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1.

Farming Industry
Chilliwack is situated towards the eastern end of the fertile Fraser Valley. Through the years Chilliwack has historically found economic prosperity through the farming industry and the related services. When you travel throughout the area on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 you'll take notice the large cornfields, machinery and agricultural presence in lifestyle.

Large Community
Chilliwack is a fairly large community area wise stretching in a east-west directions with various neighbourhoods on both side of the Trans-Canada Hwy 1. On the north side of the highway, you'll find the historic downtown, Village West Industrial Park, Chilliwack Mountain and Rosedale. On the south side there is Greendale, Yarrow, Sardis, Vedder and Promontory.

Historic Downtown
Chilliwack has a very historic downtown with the municipality being the third oldest in British Columbia having the original Township incorporated in 1873. Various period buildings from Chilliwack past still line the streets in the downtown core. There is a heritage driving tour that has been set up for you to take in the past architecture of Chilliwack.

Five Corners
One area you might want to walk around in Chilliwack is the heritage zone called Five Corners. This is where Yale Road West, Yale Road East (both part of the historic New Westminster-Yale Wagon Road), Young Road and Wellington Avenue all meet and has been the centre of social and commercial activity in Chilliwack since 1873.

City Hall Museum
Housed in the Old City hall building near Five Corners the Chilliwack Museum emphasis has been on local history. There a number of fine collections you can see dating back to the early 1900's many including old photographs of public buildings, public events and landscape pictures including aerial photos of Chilliwack, Hope and the Fraser Valley.

Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve
The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve is situated at the south end of Sumas Prairie Road. Here you can find 130-hectare (321 acres) nature park reserve that has over 90 Great Blue Heron nests plus other unique wildlife and beautiful vegetation. The park managed by the City of Chilliwack has a well-established nature house and protective trails for you to walk on.

Chilliwack Heritage Park
The Chilliwack Heritage Park is located just off the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 at Exit 116. The facility allows for larger trade and convention shows plus allows Chilliwack to hold larger sized public events such as agricultural displays, equestrian shows and rock concerts.

Farmers Market
With all the farmland around Chilliwack the area has become famous for flowers, plants, fresh fruits and vegetables especially corn. To sample some of quality make sure you visit the Farmers Market at the end of Mill Street. Farmers Market is open year-round on every Wednesday and Saturday.

Minter Gardens
If you do have time while travelling about the Chilliwack municipality try visiting Minter Gardens in Rosedale. Operated by Brian Minter and family this attraction can offer so much inspiration and guidance when designing gardens. If you enjoyed the Butchart Gardens near Victoria in Central Saanich, make sure you plan to see Minter Gardens in Rosedale.

Cultus Lake
Situated 11 km (7 miles) south-west of Chilliwack with access through Sardis or Yarrow is the resort community of Cultus Lake. Long a playground for the residents of Chilliwack and neighbouring Abbotsford, Cultus Lake has RV sites, cabins, waterslides, two golf courses, horse stables, bumper boats, go-carts, canoe, boat rentals, marina, and mini golf.

Cultus Lake Provincial Park
Cultus Lake Provincial Park located on the south side of Cultus Lake on the Columbia Valley Highway. The park has for you to enjoy four campgrounds that accept reservations, large picnic area and great kid friendly beach.

Chilliwack River Steelhead
For fishers a hot spot is definitely along the Chilliwack River especially if you enjoy going after Steelhead. The size of fish usually ranges between 2 to 5 kg. (5 and 10 lbs) but you can find the odd larger one. Just remember a steelhead stamp on your fishing license is required if you intend to fish for steelhead.

Chilliwack River Provincial Park
With the establishment of the Chilliwack River Provincial Park the river habitat has been opened up for kayakers and canoeists. If you enjoy hiking or climbing the alpine and sub-alpine meadows near the headwaters of the river are also quite accessible. Chiiliwack Lake Provincial Park is also nearby.

Chilliwack Information and Links
Includes; Travel, Recreation, Accommodation, Places to Eat and First Nations

 

 

Map of Chilliwack
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Photograph of farmland near Chilliwack
Chilliwack Farmland

 

Five Corners
Five Corners

 

Chilliwack City Hall Museum
Chilliwack City Hall Museum

 

Famous Chilliwack Corn
Famous Chilliwack Corn

 

Chilliwack Heritage Park
Chilliwack Heritage Park

 

Chilliwack Farmland
Chilliwack Farmland

 

Chilliwack Heritage Park
Chilliwack Heritage Park

 

Chilliwack Law Courts
Chilliwack Law Courts

 

Famous Chilliwack Corn
Famous Chilliwack Corn

 
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