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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Saanich, make sure you plan to see Minter Gardens in Rosedale.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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