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40 Enjoyable Issues to Do in Chilliwack, British Columbia

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Many vacationers cruise proper via Chilliwack on the Trans Canada, in a rush to get into (or out of) Vancouver. In actual fact, some even contemplate it part of Higher Vancouver, though it’s technically a metropolis of its personal.

Within the Halqemeylem language of the Stó:lō, the individuals who originated inhabited the but unceded space, Tcil’Qe’uk (from which “Chilliwack” is derived) means “Land of Many Streams.”

Based a century and a half in the past, this laid-back metropolis of over 100,000 has surprisingly lots going for it. Glorious eats and artistic outlets within the revitalized historic city centre, mountain climbing and wildlife recognizing, gorgeous mountain-backed lakes (Cultus Lake being the star), and breweries surrounded by Fraser Valley farmland – there are greater than sufficient enjoyable issues to do in Chilliwack to cease over and even plan a devoted journey to town.

I’ve been visiting the Fraser Valley virtually yearly since I used to be a child, as my father grew up there and grandmother nonetheless lives there, in neighbouring Abbotsford (see my favorite issues to do in Abbotsford). Comply with alongside as I introduce our favorite locations to go to in Chilliwack, BC!

The place to Keep in Chilliwack

Should you determine to spend the night time in Chilliwack with children, I like to recommend Hampton Inn Hilton (see on Reserving / Agoda / TripAdvisor) for its waterslide pool or Coast Chilliwack Lodge by APA (see on Reserving / Agoda / TripAdvisor), which is extra central and in addition has a pool however no slides.

For a stunning room with an unimaginable view, attempt Mountain View Two Bed room Suite (see on Reserving / Agoda) on Chilliwack Mountain.

Chilliwack City Centre Sights

Buildings in downtown Chilliwack
Downtown Chilliwack

The historic city heart of Chilliwack lies north of Freeway 1, accessed through Vedder Street Exit 119. Yale Street is the principle thoroughfare, referring to the historic Previous Yale Street which ran from Vancouver to the gold rush city of Yale within the late 1800s.

A number of of the perfect Chilliwack points of interest described beneath are inside strolling distance of the intersection of Yale and Younger Roads, the place you’ll see the beneath Chilliwack Clock Tower. If driving, you may park beside Central Neighborhood Park and discover on foot.

Clock tower in Chilliwack city centre at night, with lights from cars going by
Chilliwack’s Clock Tower

Chilliwack Artwork Path

A mural of an indigenous woman in downtown Chilliwack
Considered one of a number of murals on the Chilliwack Artwork Path (this mural by Kevin Ledo)

The Chilliwack metropolis heart is blessed with over 30 murals, with an emphasis on indigenous tradition and native wildlife.

Taking a self-guided tour of those artworks couldn’t be any simpler due to this tremendous helpful interactive map of Chilliwack’s murals ready by Tourism Chilliwack.

As you may see from the map, most of them are in a cluster round Yale and Younger Roads. The map features a detailed description of every mural, plus particulars for following the artists on social media.

Chilliwack Heritage Buildings Tour

An old hotel called the Wellington in Downtown Chilliwack, part of the Chilliwack Heritage Buildings Tour
Considered one of a number of preserved heritage buildings in downtown Chilliwack

Whilst you’re at it, you can too admire among the well-preserved historic buildings within the Chilliwack city heart. These embrace previous hearth halls, shops, lodges, and extra relationship to the late 1800s, when the world developed right into a thriving enterprise district.

This equally helpful strolling tour of Chilliwack’s historic sights supplies all the data you could possibly presumably hope for. You’ll be able to obtain the pdf proper onto your cellphone, and it covers just about the identical space the place many of the artwork murals are situated. Because of the Heritage Chilliwack Society for getting ready this!

District 1881

Field House Brewing and a sign that says District 1881
District 1881

A bit of essentially the most superbly restored heritage buildings within the space, proper at Yale and Younger, has been dubbed District 1881. There, a group of attractive companies occupy what was the CHWK Constructing and Woolworth Constructing, with picturesque Woolly Canine Alley Operating Between them.

Should you’re solely on the town for a short while, make this your go-to place for procuring and eating. There you’ll discover the likes of Spruce Collective, Uptown Grill, Hunni’s Chilliwack, Native Area, Refinery Home, plus the beneath 4 entries that we particularly liked, multi functional spot!

There’s additionally a coworking area on website, and plans to increase the venture to neighbouring buildings. Thrilling!

Wooly Dog Alley in District 1881 Chilliwack
Wooly Canine Alley

Smoking Gun Espresso Roasters

A cup of coffee and small cactus on a table inside Smoking Gun Coffee Roasters, Chilliwack
Roasted in home

To your caffeine repair, I like to recommend Smoking Gun Espresso Roasters. Simply opened in 2021, the café was initially operated out of Ravens Brewery in Abbotsford.

Smoking Gun roasts their very own beans in small batches and works with small espresso producers. The café is brilliant and alluring, and the historic crimson brick constructing setting is evocative.

Exterior of Smoking Gun Coffee Roasters
Smoking Gun housed in an previous brick constructing

Discipline Home Brewing Co. & Different Breweries

Some cans and bottles of beers on a divider with menu in background and Fieldhouse Brewing in Chilliwack
Beers made with fruit and different native elements

How excited I used to be to search out that my favorite brewery from Abbotsford has now branched into Chilliwack, too! Discipline Home Brewing Co. operates from a primary spot in District 1881, with a patio working alongside Woolly Canine Alley.

The inside is cozy, too, full with warming fire and a tiny brewing space squeezed into the again nook. And the beers? Glorious as at all times, however just a few standouts for us this time have been the Zambian Chilly Brew Espresso Golden Ale (brewed in collaboration with Smoking Gun subsequent door!) and the Sabro Citra Coconut IPA. Our youngsters have been warmly welcome within the brewery, which is at all times appreciated.

We by no means made it to Bricklayer Brewing (additionally in District 1881 and extremely rated) or Flashback Brewing (solely a block away). Subsequent time!

A flight of four glasses of beer in a wooden holder at Fieldhouse brewing
Beer flight at Discipline Home Brewing

Bow & Stern

Exterior of Bow & Stern restaurant in Chillwack
Bow & Stern has one of the vital picturesque exteriors on the town

Identical to Fieldhouse, Bow & Stern began out in Abbotsford and now has this brand-new location in Chilliwack. And as seafood lovers, we’re obsessive about Bow & Stern!

We do our analysis as foodies, and Bow & Stern gives so far as we all know the perfect seafood within the Fraser Valley. Crab, lobster, contemporary oysters, seafood burgers, cold and warm seafood platters; they’ve acquired all of it.

We discover the Abby location extra brilliant and fashionable, whereas this another atmospheric and romantic. They’ve executed an superior job with the inside of the historic constructing. Should you’re like us, you gained’t miss the blissful hour (2-5 or 9 to shut), with offers on beer and wine, and $1.50 oysters.

Bow & Stern is correct between Bricklayer and Discipline Home breweries (how handy!) The outside has among the best murals on the town.

A cooked lobster table with slice of lemon
Lobster tail at Bow & Stern

Anita’s Bread and Pastries

Orange exterior of Anita's Bread & Pastries in downtown Chilliwack
Anita’s Bread & Pastries

Yet another enterprise I’m going to rave about earlier than transferring away from District 1881 is Anita’s Bakery. You’ll be able to’t miss it on the finish of Woolly Canine Alley, on the left, with its brilliant orange exterior.

This small and tremendous welcoming bakery contains a choice of handmade pastries, sourdough breads, and extra. On my go to I loved a blueberry lemon scone garnish with lavender petals. Not solely tasty but additionally fairly! There’s additionally espresso to go.

The baked objects are ready by Anita’s Natural Mill on Sumas Street south of the freeway. Anita’s additionally used to have an natural grocery retailer simply off Freeway 1, which continues to be there however now operates as Native Harvest (we’ll get to that beneath).

A scone being held by a hand with an orange background
Lemon blueberry scone from Anita’s

The E book Man

A cat on a table of books at Book Man used book store in Chilliwack
Come for the books, keep for the cat

The E book Man is one the most important used bookstores in your complete province, with a location right here and in Abbotsford. The Chilliwack department is only a few steps down Wellington Ave from District 1881, which you’ll go by anyhow for those who’re doing the mural or historic tour.

There are a great deal of books on provide right here, new and used, plus different cool items (the Totoro show was particularly tempting!) so come ready to drop some {dollars}. However most significantly: sure, there’s a cat on website. And sure, we liked him. In actual fact, The E book Man has a cat adoption program. Any kitties you see within the kitty space within the window (seen from the road) are up for adoption. Merely inquire inside!

Dickens Sweets and British Museum

Exterior of Dickens Sweets and British Museum in Chilliwack
Dickens Sweets and British Museum

Do you know that Chilliwack has an all-British nook retailer, museum, and afternoon tea store? Effectively, now you do!

Dickens Sweets and British Museum has been including a contact of British class to Chilliwack because the yr 2000. A go to contains the possibility to purchase all method of imported British treats, drinks, and groceries, a full sweet store, baking part with extra novelty cake pans than I’ve ever seen, and a museum of vintage objects, together with an entire gallery devoted to the Titanic.

For a really particular expertise, attempt the afternoon teashop on the again with just a few besties.

Tables with tea cups in Dickens Sweets and British Museum
Afternoon tea room at Dickens

Chilliwack Museum and Archives

Exterior of the old City Hall of Chilliwack, which contains Chilliwack Museum, in the evening
Chilliwack Museum is housed in a nationwide historic website.

The small Chilliwack Museum operates out of the previous Chilliwack Metropolis Corridor. Courting to 1912, the classical-styled constructing is completely distinctive for the time and is now acknowledged as a Nationwide Historic Web site.

The museum covers Chilliwack’s pure and human historical past, and admission is barely $3 (children beneath 12 free, household $7.50). It’s situated on Yale Street, a brief stroll south of District 1881.

Chilliwack Touchdown and Townsend Park

Cherry blossoms trees beside some sports facilities at Townsend Park
Cherry blossoms at Townsend Park

Chilliwack Touchdown is the leisure coronary heart of Chilliwack. There you’ll find the Chilliwack Cultural Centre (together with a theatre, artwork lessons, small artwork gallery, and extra), Chilliwack Coliseum, Chilliwack Curling Membership, Chilliwack Archives, a twig park, skate park, and the Chilliwack Touchdown Leisure Centre (swimming pool).

Sports activities followers may also gravitate to the large Townsend Park, with amenities for soccer, baseball, tennis, and extra. In late March to early April, the cherry blossoms within the park make for an unimaginable sight.

Locations to Go to Round Chilliwack

After just a few worthwhile sights east, north, and west of town centre, the beneath part will largely cowl the a part of Chilliwack south of the Freeway 1, together with the highly regarded Cultus Lake.  

Kent’s Ice Cream Co.

A waffle cone with chocolate mint ice cream in front of a sign for Kent's Ice Cream in Chilliwack
Kent’s, a neighborhood establishment

Kent’s Ice Cream can greatest be described as a neighborhood establishment. With ice cream supplied by Vancouver Island-based Islands Farms, the store serves waffle cones of creamy deliciousness to a continuously rotating line of consumers.

There’s ample parking on website, however once we visited on a weekday afternoon, not even in summer season, it was already busy, so do come anticipating to attend a bit. They’ve additionally acquired a freezer filled with craft sodas, Pop Shoppe, and the like.  

Brightside Eggs Market

A hand taking a carton of eggs out of a glass door locker at Brightside Eggs
Farm procuring goes fashionable

For a completely completely different, or let’s say “fashionable” farm expertise in Chilliwack, drop by this “egg merchandising machine”! Brightside Eggs, a poultry farm situated south of Freeway 1 in Sardis group, has a devoted self-service constructing on website the place you should purchase contemporary eggs and a wide range of different farm objects, with no employees on website.

The best way it really works is you select no matter you need from the display screen, pay by bank card, then the lockers containing these objects open up till you’re taking the merchandise. You’ll be able to examine the objects via the little home windows and determine precisely which locker quantity you need earlier than paying. Apart from eggs, they’ve meat, frozen objects like ice cream and pre-made soups, jams, and extra.

This was a enjoyable and novel expertise that we actually loved. Don’t be stunned to search out that objects are a bit costlier than common (suppose $7 for an everyday carton of eggs), however you’re additionally paying for the expertise. It’s open 8 am to eight pm each day.

Farmhouse Brewing

A flight of beers on a window sill, with mountains and trees visible out the window
Brews with views at Farmhouse Brewing

Farmhouse Brewing in South Sumas is fingers down our favorite brewery in Chilliwack. The beers are wonderful, however it’s the farmhouse location that actually units it aside. You’ll be able to take pleasure in farm and mountain views as you take pleasure in your brews, whether or not you sit inside, beside a hearth within the semi-covered space, or at a picnic desk on the massive patio exterior.

On high of that, the brewery dishes out among the greatest pizza we’ve ever had in Canada. It’s Italian fashion, with completely comfortable and bubbly crust, ready in a conventional stone oven.

Some beers that actually stood out for us have been the deeply hued lavender black present beer and Serving to Fingers hazy wheat, ready in collaboration with different native breweries and firms, and with proceeds going in direction of victims of the 2021 Fraser Valley floods. Heads up: this brewery may be very common, so parking or getting a spot inside or out will be a difficulty at peak occasions!

A shrimp pizza at Farmhouse Brewing in Chilliwack
Genuine Italian-style pizza at Farmhouse

Previous Yale Brewing

A flight of beers on a wooden table with green chairs and mountain mural on the wall behind it at Old Yale Brewing, Chilliwack
Indoor mountain view at Previous Yale Brewery

Simply down the street from Farmhouse Brewing is one other nice one, Previous Yale Brewing. Previous Yale holds the title for Chilliwack’s first and longest working brewery, and most definitely to be present in liquor shops additional afield.

The silver Airstream trailer kitchen on the out of doors patio is a pleasant contact in summer season, whereas they’ve executed a very good job with the inside. The mountain mural on the wall inside and Adirondack chairs make it really feel such as you’re really having fun with a mountain view.  

Beer highlights for us right here have been the peach tea radler, honey lager, and Himalayan salted porter, whereas the Moon Dance mango wheat appears to be certainly one of their hottest.

Native Harvest

A sign that says "Local Harvest Farm Market Cafe Bakery" and "Anita's Organic Mill"
Native Harvest

Native Harvest is a big market and backyard centered on natural items. It’s simply off Freeway 1 on the Lickman Street exit, at what was referred to as Anita’s Natural Mill Retailer (Anita’s nonetheless provides the natural groceries offered within the retailer, whereas Native harvest runs a bakery in it).

The conveniently situated market sells a wide range of natural flours and grains, produce, items, baked objects, coffees and teas, and extra. The main target is on moral farming, and so they have weekly bins obtainable for order, full of no matter’s in season.

Hillkeep Regional Park on Chilliwack Mountain

Some trees with farms below them at Hillkeep Regional Park on Chilliwack Mountain
Wanting down on Chilliwack’s farms from Chilliwack Mountain

Among the finest methods to begin a tour of Chilliwack is to drive up its namesake Chilliwack Mountain and take within the view wanting down on Freeway 1 and the farms within the south and southwest of Chilliwack.

After a winding drive to the highest, there’s a small parking zone from the place you may take pleasure in two simple hikes: a 2 km (20-30 min) loop via the forest with restricted views of the Fraser River via the bushes, or a shorter and even simpler (15 min return) stroll to a lookout level over Chilliwack (pictured above). From the parking zone, take the path taking place to the appropriate for the loop, and to the broader path to the left for the lookout. Both one is appropriate for these visiting Chilliwack with children.

For the lookout, approaching a transparent day is good, with an ideal view of Mount Cheam and different peaks to the southwest. You can too see the place Cultus Lake sits on the base of the mountains, although you may’t fairly see the lake itself.

Island 22 Regional Park

Picnic tables beside the river and mountains across the river at Island 22 Regional Park, Chilliwack
Island 22 on the Fraser River

One other great place for having fun with the outside inside quick drive of Chilliwack metropolis heart is Island 22 Regional Park. The park runs alongside the Fraser River, with beautiful views wanting throughout to the mountains on the opposite facet.

The highlights of this park embrace picnic tables alongside the river, an precise sandy seaside on the river, a preferred off-leash space for canine house owners, an equestrian park for horse using, and a devoted BMX/bike park within the woods. Because the indicators on the park keep, the park gate closes at sundown, so don’t get locked inside!

Cultus Lake

Kid sitting on the dock at Cultus Lake
My son at Cultus Lake

Cultus Lake is undoubtedly Chilliwack’s hottest and well-known attraction. The extremely scenic lake is the proper temperature for swimming and different water actions, although its excessive stage of improvement could flip some off. The lake is very busy in summer season.

One of the best spot to benefit from the lake is at Cultus Lake Provincial Park, which has a high quality seaside, dock, and kayaks/canoes obtainable for hire. One other enjoyable spot to benefit from the lake is at Cultus Lake Marina on the northern finish of the lake, the place you may stroll out onto numerous docks to benefit from the views.

There are additionally a number of campgrounds across the lake and an enormous variety of mountain climbing trails, particularly within the hills and mountains to the west of the lake.

Cultus Lake Journey Park and Waterpark

Rides at Cultus Lake Adventure Park
Cultus Lake Journey Park

The Cultus Lake Journey Park amusement park and Cultus Lake Waterpark on the north finish of Cultus Lake type a family-oriented vacationer village, full with meals trailers, ice cream shacks, and extra. There’s a summer season carnival vibe; households with children could like it, whereas others could keep away from it just like the plague.

Water slides at Cultus Lake Waterpark
Cultus Lake Waterpark

Vedder Park and Rotary Path

A path along Chilliwack River at Vedder Park
Vedder Park Rotary Path

Vedder Park is listed as Chilliwack’s top-rated attraction on TripAdvisor. The park is situated on Chilliwack River, proper the place the street to Cultus Lake crosses Vedder Bridge.

The park is tremendous common amongst locals for its beautiful riverside multi-use path. The paths are part of the expansive Vedder Greenway, which extends so far as Nice Blue Heron Nature Reserve (see beneath), and are part of the Trans Canada Path.

Vedder Park additionally contains a good playground for teenagers, referred to as Mt. Cheam Rotary Playground, an off-leash space, and the ruins of Vedder Bridge, relationship to 1910. Should you comply with the path as much as Vedder Bridge, there’s a cool indigenous canoe and paddle paintings within the site visitors circle on the north facet of the bridge.

An art installation with canoe, paddles, and indigenous carvings at Vedder Bridge, Chilliwack
Indigenous paintings beside Vedder Park

Chilliwack River Provincial Park

A walking path and wetlands at Chilliwack River Provincial Park
Salmon spawning streams at Chilliwack River Provincial Park

From the site visitors circle talked about within the final entry, you may drive 10 minutes east to succeed in the much less crowded Chilliwack River Provincial Park. The park preserves an previous channel of the Chilliwack River which has been developed right into a spawning floor for salmon and trout.

A strolling path leads all the way down to Chilliwack River and a few common fishing spots, however a lot of the path alongside the river has been destroyed by the 2021 flood.

To achieve the park, look ahead to the signal for “Thomson Regional Park” and park there. It additionally serves because the parking zone for Chilliwack River Provincial Park.

Nice Blue Heron Nature Reserve

Viewing tower at Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve
Viewing tower at Nice Blue Heron Nature Reserve

One more worthwhile pure spot alongside Chilliwack River is Nice Blue Heron Nature Reserve. The reserve preserves a 325-acre floodplain that may be a breeding floor for Pacific Nice Blue Herons, which you may have an excellent probability of seeing (once we visited, one flew proper over our heads). Different wildlife, together with painted turtles and bald eagles, stay within the reserve.

There are 5 scenic trails via the reserve, or you may select simply any path and get misplaced like we did. There’s additionally a tall lookout tower and an data centre/present store on website.

Bridal Veil Falls

A close-up view of Bridal Veil Falls in Chilliwack
Bridal Veil Falls

Technically simply exterior of Chilliwack, Bridal Veil Falls is without doubt one of the hottest sights within the space. Freeway 1 passes proper by it between Hope and Chilliwack (you may spot a part of the waterfall as you’re driving by).

Bridal Veils Provincial Park has strolling paths to varied viewpoints of the falls. On the base of the falls, Bridal Veils Waterpark is common in summer season, and there are just a few RV parks on website.

Throughout the freeway from the falls, Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park is a lesser recognized spot the place you may discover a scenic wetlands space.

Chilliwack Lake

Chilliwack Lake with mountains and clouds reflecting on its surface
Chilliwack Lake

Chilliwack Lake is properly exterior of Chilliwack correct, although I embrace it right here as a result of it takes town’s identify and a is a worthwhile day journey from Chilliwack. Additionally referred to as Sxótsaqel, or “sacred lake” within the Halq’eméylem language, it’s about 1 hour’s drive southeast of Chilliwack, or 45 minutes east of Vedder Park. The lake is the supply of Chilliwack River.

The lake and enormous provincial park round it are a preferred spot for tenting, fishing, boating, mountain climbing, and birdwatching.

Harrison Sizzling Spring

View looking at some houses on Harrison Lake in Harrison Hot Springs, BC
The village of Harrison Sizzling Springs on Harrison Lake

Harrison Sizzling Springs is the closest sizzling spring resort to Chilliwack, solely half-hour away by automobile to the north. The lake-side city is very common in summer season, however its sizzling springs are excellent for a dip year-round.

The most affordable place for a soak is Harrison Sizzling Springs Public Pool, whereas Harrison Sizzling Springs Resort and Spa has the perfect swimming pools on the town.

Chilliwack Occasions and different Issues to Do

For much more concepts, listed here are another Chilliwack points of interest, occasions, and issues to do on the town.

Farmer’s Markets

Corn growing beside a road in Chilliwack
Chilliwack is legendary for its corn; make sure that to attempt it!

There are a selection of produce and farmer’s markets in Chilliwack, with some working year-round. These embrace:

Chilliwack Wineries

There are a few wineries in Chilliwack:

Abbotsford is best recognized for its wineries, together with Ripples (proper subsequent to Chilliwack) and three wonderful ones in Mt. Lehman Street space. See my Abbotsford information for all the small print.

Different Chilliwack Eating places and Cafés

Chilliwack Parks

Cherry blossoms with a sign that says Chilliwack established 1881 and mountains in the background
Cherry blossoms in Central Neighborhood Park

Apart from the parks I’ve already metioned above (Townsend, Vedder, Island 22, Hillkeep), you may attempt:

  • Salish park: near town centre beside the library, with a pond
  • Central Neighborhood Park: water fountain to play in and summer season occasions
  • Sardis Park: massive pond with a lot of geese, geese, even turtles
  • Yarrow Pioneer Park: skatepark and a small Friday market

Chilliwack Occasions & Flower Festivals

A field of tulips in Chilliwack with mountains in the background
Tulips in Chilliwack

Listed below are some enjoyable annual occasions in Chilliwack to mark in your calendar:

Different Chilliwack Actions and Sights

Go Bananas indoor playcentre in Chilliwack
Launch the kids at Go Bananas
  • Chilliwack Corn Maze is enjoyable to get misplaced in throughout late summer season
  • Greendale Lavender Firm: A gorgeous lavender farm south of Chilliwack Corn Maze, summer season solely
  • Go Bananas: Chilliwack’s principal indoor playcentre, simply off Freeway 1
  • There are a number of golf programs in Chilliwack, together with Cheam Mountain proper off the freeway, Chilliwack Golf Membership and Royalwood west of city, Kinkora in Sardis, and Cultus Lake Golf Membership
  • Exit Chilliwack Escape Room
  • Sniperz Paintball alongside the Fraser River

Effectively, I hope you discovered greater than sufficient concepts for having fun with your time in Chilliwack, British Columbia! Let me know within the feedback beneath if I’ve missed your favorite factor to do in Chilliwack!



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