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5 Reasons Why You Must Visit Chilliwack

Colossal Canyon cultus lake waterpark

Photo: Destination Cultus

Summer is coming to an end—it’s time to get out in the great outdoors and soak up the sunny weather while it lasts. And Chilliwack is a seriously underrated city with a lot to offer (especially during the Summer months).

5 Things To Do In Chilliwack

Make a splash

Cultus Lake Waterpark
Photo: Destination Cultus

The best way to beat the heat is to make a splash at Cultus Lake Waterpark. The epic waterpark features more than 18 waterslides, five large hot tubs, a lazy river and four areas specifically for kids. And it’s also considered to be the largest waterpark in B.C., so if you haven’t made a trip there yet, this is your chance.

After your swim; enjoy a variety of food options, or rent out a BBQ. And when you’re done, head over to the Adventure Park next-door for another huge park filled with attractions, including a fully-inverted pendulum swing ride.

Spend a day on the water

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Located just a stones throw away (quite literally) is the Cultus Lake Marina. This quaint marina offers all the rentals you could desire—no matter what your interests are. Whether you want to rent out some jet-skis, a boat, or a pontoon—the choice is yours.

And the best part is; you don’t need a boating license to get out on the water. You just need to show valid ID and watch a safety video beforehand. Afterwards, treat yourself to an ice cream cone from the nearby shop.

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Wander in flower fields

cultus lake flower fest
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If you enjoy frolicking through fields of flowers—then Chilliwack is the place for you. It’s home to the ever-so-popular Chilliwack Sunflower Festival. The event has lots to offer, with rows upon rows of sunflowers and even some hop fields. The Cultus Lake Flower Festival is also a serene spot, with tons of sunflowers and vibrant wildflowers filling a field with the stunning mountains as the perfect backdrop.

Hit the trails

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Of course, hiking season is in full force so make the most of it and hit some of the region’s best trails. Check out Lindeman Lake for pristine water views or tackle the picturesque Elk Mountain. If you’re looking for something a little different—opt for a more whimsical hike instead, at Teapot Hill. The adorable little trail features a variety of teapots to discover that are hidden along the way.

Go brewery hopping

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What can beat sunshine and a pint of beer? Chilliwack has a number of budding breweries with lots of tasty beer on tap. A couple of the best spots in the city are Chaos & Solace Brewing and Old Yale Brewing. The latter has some awesome Summer sips, including a Mango Hibiscus Hazy IPA and a Off Trail Pale Ale. It’s the perfect way to end a hike or day on the water. Whether you stop in for a beer and bites on-site or just fill up your growler to go.

For more things to do in Metro Vancouver, check out our Travel & Outdoors section.


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