Chilliwack Tourist Attractions
70 km (43 mi.) east of Vancouver lies the community of Chillawack, a striving rural town which proudly calls itself the "Green Heart" of British Columbia. Yale Road, the old meandering road to Rosedale, passes through fields of hops and vegetables and pastureland. Farmers offer their produce for sale at the roadside. Chilliwack - its name comes from the Indian word meaning "valley of many rivers" - dates from 1858, when Volker Vedder settled here. He had crossed the continent in an ox-wagon and was the first settler in this fertile valley.
Chilliwack Museum is devoted to the culture of the Salish Indians and of the pioneering period.The Chilliwack Museum is housed in the former Chilliwack city hall building, Chilliwack's only National Historic Site, with some of the archives off site due to space constraints. The 1912 former City Hall building has three exhibit galleries including museum displays that look at the history of the community and changing art shows. check the museums web site for current exhibitions.There are also educations programs on offer for school groups.
Near Vedder Crossing, Chilliwack Lake Road branches off into the charming mountain landscape by the USA border north of the Cascade Mountain Range. For the most part the road follows the enchanting valley of the Chilliwach River, where there are opportunities for white-water canoeing and rafting as well as fishing.After a further 64 km (40 mi.), the last 15 km (9 mi.) of which are gravel, the road comes to Chilliwack Lake, a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains over 2000 m (6600 ft) high and very popular with water-sports enthusiasts and anglers alike. Canoes can be hired from Western Canoeing in Abbotsford for exploration around Chilliwack Lake.
14 km (83/4 mi.) south-west of Chilliwack in the midst of wooded hills lies Cultus Lake, 5 km (3 mi.) long. Cultus Lake is one of the most popular lakeside leisure resorts in the south of the province, with a park and recreational area. In the north on Cultus Lake Waterpark there are water-chutes and a go-cart track.The lake is located about a one hour's drive from Vancouver. There are campgrounds and other accommodation along with restaurants and gift shops. Some of the popular activites in the area including boating, hiking, and swimming. There are docks and swimming areas at the main beach.
Between April and October the 32 acres of Minter Gardens offer lavish displays and charming gardens and open areas divided into eleven different theme parks.There area also two on site restaurants.The grounds were once the site of a huge rock slide that covered the Fraser Valley and left it relatively barren.There is always something in bloom from spring until fall at Minter Gardens.
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park in British Columbia's Fraser Valley is home to Bridal Veil Falls, the sixth highest falls in Canada, with a drop of 122 meters (400 feet). The park is a day use area only, usually just for people stopping to see the falls or have a picnic. There is a short trail from the parking area to the base of the falls.The nearby community of Bridal Falls lies at the base of Mount Cheam where a number of tourist oriented attractions have gone up in recent years. Some of the attractions include, Dinotown (a dinosaur theme parks) , Trans Canada Water Slides, and for those hot summer days, Bridal Falls Bumper Boats.
Bridal Falls - Dinotown
DINOTOWN CLOSED PERMANENTLY IN SEPTEMBER, 2010.