Cultus Lake is a resort community located approximately 90 km (55
miles) east of Vancouver, just south
of the community of Chilliwack.
To get to Cultus Lake, you have to travel 11 km (7 miles) south-west
of Chilliwack from the Trans-Canada Hwy 1. You take either the Yarrow
or Sardis exits and travel along the Columbia Valley Highway into
the small community of Cultus Lake situated at the north-east end
of Cultus Lake.
The small community of Cultus Lake is very popular during the summer
with the population growing quite substantially, especially during
the months of July and August. The community is made up of a number
of RV resorts as well as people who own small cabins and recreational
There are a number of businesses and services that operate in Cultus
Lake, most on a seasonal schedule, with reduced hours during the
wet and winter seasons.
Water in Summer
If you're into swimming, boating or jet skiing Cultus Lake is a
wise choice if visiting the Fraser Valley in the summer. The water
is quite warm, crystal clear and usually very calm with lots of
opportunity to experience a good number of ski trips or tubes.
There are a number of attractions available for you and your children
to visit in the community of Cultus Lake. The entertainment theme
is mostly kid-based with emphasis on fun and water sports such as
go-carts, mini-golf at Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf, Funland for
paddle boats and waterslides at Cultus Lake Waterpark.
Lake Golf Club
For golfers there is a nice 18-hole course at Cultus Lake Golf Club.
With a total distance of just under 4,000 yards through a forested
setting the fairways really have some challenges. Besides the great
course, Cultus Lake Golf Club offers a 20-stall driving range and,
for food and refreshments, Legends Bistro and a full-service pro
A local favourite for something to eat is called the Quirky Bird
Café. Centrally located at 4125 Columbia Valley Road in the
Cultus Lake Plaza, the Quirky Bird Café has nice always fresh
'home-style' cooked meals. Quirky Bird Café can be reached
by telephone at (604) 858-9100 for current operating hours.
Lake Provincial Park
Cultus Lake Provincial Park is located west of the community. The
park contains four separate campgrounds with a total of 295 campsites,
some very private, and all within easy reach of Cultus Lake. The
provincial park also features several sandy beaches, a boat launch,
five walking trails ranging in difficulty, and hot showers at all
and Nature Viewing
Most of the walking trails, nature habitats and mountain biking
routes are open year round for you to enjoy at Cultus Lake. One
favourite walk is called Teapot Hill that takes you 5 km (3 miles)
to a vantage point where the view of Cultus Lake and the surrounding
Columbia Valley is breathtaking. Another popular walk is along the
Liumchen Lake Trail.
Another trail area where both mountain bikes and dirt motorcycles
play in the mud is up on Vedder Peak. To get here, head towards
Hwy 1 from Cultus Lake and turn at Paramenter Road, go until a fork
is in the road, park here. Look for the Vedder Ridge Loop sign for
the mountain bike trail. A word of warning, use only the trails
designated for either mountain bikes or dirt motorcycles, as each
group has specialized in the trail maintenance.
Some people claim that Cultus Lake and the nearby Chilliwack River
have some of the best fishing in the world. Sometimes it's hard
to argue with crystal clear rivers, amazing mountains, abundant
wildlife and some very large trees that seem to reach for the sky
in all directions. The Chilliwack offers angling for Chum, Coho
and Sockeye and Steelhead Salmon. Please check with BC Fisheries
for current regulations, licence fees and the fishing limits.
on Cultus Lake