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

Popkum
Popkum refers to a small, unincorporated community that is 16 km (10 miles) east of Chilliwack and 37 km (23 miles) west of Hope on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1.

Puff Ball Plants
The word 'Popkum' comes from the local Halkomelem aboriginal word, Pópkw'em. This word was referring to all the 'puff balls' coming from the plants that grow throughout the Popkum and Fraser River area.

Popkum First Nation
Popkum is the traditional lands of the Popkum First Nation, a member of the Sto:lo Nation. The Popkum First Nations have two reserves of about 150 hectares in size located 3 km (2 miles) north of Bridal Falls on the Fraser River.

Fraser Valley Regional District
Popkum itself is divided into various parts - Bridal Falls, East and West Popkum, plus two native reserves, Popkum IR #1 and Popkum IR #2. Popkum is administrated and included in the Fraser Valley Regional District. The small community of Rosedale is located on the north side of Trans-Canada Hwy 1 on Yale Road.

Bridal Veil Falls
Popkum has a beautiful view towards Mount Cheam and a waterfall called Bridal Veil Falls which cascades down it. This waterfall, which is Canada's sixth highest, resembles a bride's veil and was once the site of an ancient First Nation village of Popkum and for protection was later made into Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park in 1965.

Attractions
Besides the day-use, Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park has a number of tourist attractions at the Bridal Veil Falls section of Popkum. Here you can find Bridal Falls Water Park, a water park which features the famous 125-metre (400-foot) Black Hole slide, Bridal Falls Bumper Boats, Adrenaline Paintball and Popkum Motor Park which features an off-road recreational vehicle park (ORV).

Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park
For exploring around Popkum, you can go to the Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park located near Rosedale. Cheam Lake has some bird and wildlife watching opportunities throughout a 93-hectares (230-acres) marshy wetland situated off the north side of Trans-Canada Hwy 1. Take Yale Road to Popkum Road North, then travel to Elgey Road and turn left and travel to the end.

Minter Gardens
Also located on Yale Road is Minter Gardens, one of British Columbia's premier destinations for lovers of outdoor gardens and flower displays. 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 when visiting Popkum.

Golf
There are two courses to choose from near Popkum. You can either play the 9-hole Bridal Falls Golf Club or the 18-hole at The Falls Golf and Country Club that is situated on Nixon Road in Rosedale. Coming along the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 from either Vancouver or Hope, take Exit 129 (Annis Road) to Hack Brown Road then Nixon Road.

Outdoor Activities
Other outdoor activities around Popkum include travelling into the steep backcountry road by motorcycle or 4x4 up in behind Mount Cheam to Wahleach Lake, a BC Hydro Reservoir used for power generation; soaring off Lower or Upper Bridal Falls in a hang glider and fishing for cutthroat trout or sturgeon at Popkum Bar near Cattermole Slough on the Fraser River.

Bridal Falls Travel Centre
If you need any directions, fuel or something to eat, visit the Bridal Falls Travel Centre at Popkum right on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1. The Bridal Falls Travel Centre features a Shell Service Station, Rancher's Restaurant, two gift shops, a mineral museum and a small grocery store.

RV Camping
Most of the RV Camping in Popkum is situated around or near Bridal Veil Falls. Here you can find Rainbow Ranch RV Park, which is next to Dusty's Dinotown and owned by Bridal Falls Travel Centre and Camperland which is centrally located and affiliated with Holiday Trails Resort.

Bridal Fall Motel
For other accommodation, there is the nearby Bridal Fall Motel which is centrally located next to Camperland which features really large modern units, easy walk-to attractions and a nice swimming pool. Telephone: (604) 794-7710.

Information on Popkum

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Map of Chilliwack, Popkum and Rosedale
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Minter Gardens
Minter Gardens

 

Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls

 

Minter Gardens
Minter Gardens

 

Bridal Falls Golf
Bridal Falls Golf Course

 
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