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Outdoor Adventure

Chilliwack’s natural environment, mountains and waterways offer a recreational playground that has something for everyone.

Experience the thrill of reeling in a massive white sturgeon on the Fraser River with a local fishing guide, or catch one of five species of salmon found in local rivers.

The Chilliwack River offers exhilarating rafting, kayaking, canoeing and water sports throughout the year. Our backcountry trails are perfect for snowmobiling, dirt biking or ATV riding.

Lakes and Rivers

Cultus Lake is home to BC’s biggest waterpark with over 16 slides, 5 hot tubs, 5 food outlets, and over 150 covered picnic tables. As well, this is the location of BC’s newest family theme park packed with amusement rides and attractions including Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf and the Fraser Valley’s only rollercoaster.

Enjoy a hike on one of the many scenic hillside trails. Chilliwack is spectacularly diverse, with lakes, rivers, wetlands, creeks, and lookout points to discover in the backcountry. There is a trail for every fitness level.

Chilliwack is home to several full-sized golf courses, as well as family-friendly putting greens and a mini golf course.

Mountains and Valleys

We are a mountain biking hub with a variety of trails suited to every skill level. Vedder Mountain is a well-known destination for mountain bikers because of the beauty of its terrain and constant trail upgrades.

And after a full day of indulging in your favourite hobbies, relax at one of the many campsites throughout Chilliwack. We offer some of the best choices available to those who love the outdoors, from wilderness camping to family RV parks full of amenities.

Agriculture has always played a major role in Chilliwack and you will find a variety of agri-tourism opportunities set amongst the more than 900 farms in this area, including the Circle Farm Tour, the Greendale Country Sampler, and the Chilliwack Garlic and Music Festival.

Sports

Chilliwack offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor sports and recreation facilities for you and your family, including ice rinks, sports fields, artificial turf fields, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, workout facilities, curling sheets, golf courses and equestrian facilities.

Youth sports are well-organized in Chilliwack with a strong group of volunteers and coaches that consistently create amazing opportunities for kids of all ages to stay healthy and have fun in everything from soccer to speed skating. Chilliwack is also home to several clubs and groups including dance, martial arts, golf, music and gymnastics.

The Chilliwack Chiefs are a Junior “A” ice hockey team based in Chilliwack. They are members of the Mainland Division of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). They play their home games at Prospera Centre.

The Valley Huskers (formerly known as the “Chilliwack Huskers”) are a Canadian Junior Football team based in Chilliwack. The Huskers play in the eight-team B.C. Football Conference, which itself is part of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) and competes annually for the national title known as the Canadian Bowl.

Shopping

Chilliwack has several retail hotspots including Cottonwood Mall, Eagle Landing, Chilliwack Mall, downtown Chilliwack, Garrison Crossing and unique boutique stores located throughout the city.

Downtown Chilliwack is situated at the historic Five Corners where three roads intersect. You can shop at specialty owner-operated retail stores that include vinyl records, used books, clothing, art, gifts and even a retro-based candy store. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from shopping, you can stop for a bite and a drink at a downtown coffee shop, pub or restaurant.

With many unique dining and shopping experiences within walking distance, you will find yourself returning often to our historic downtown.

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Dining

Chilliwack is home to a vast array of dining choices from bakeries and sandwich shops to home-style cooking, upscale steak houses and authentic international food experiences. From romantic dinner dates to fun nights out with the whole family, Chilliwack can satisfy every culinary craving!

Hops farms have made a comeback in Chilliwack and with hops comes craft beer! Chilliwack is home to a vibrant craft brew culture, from the do-it-yourself home brew artisan, to well-established, award-winning craft breweries, to pubs with huge selections of craft beer on tap.

Chilliwack has all the right ingredients for a fun night out with friends.

Parks and Trails

Chilliwack has over 100 parks and natural areas which together make up over 400 hectares of green space. There are 33 km of trails in Chilliwack, from challenging hikes up Mt. Thom, to leisurely strolls, mountain biking, or horseback riding.

Trails are an essential part of the recreation services that contribute to enhance the quality of life and recreational opportunities for the citizens of Chilliwack. As the City’s population increases, so does the demand for trails and access to greenspace. A comprehensive trail network provides for public recreation, fitness and exercise, the circulation of non-motorized transportation as well as regional and local linkages. Chilliwack’s trails are the most frequented recreational facilities in the City and have become a popular part of both our urban and rural landscape.

The City of Chilliwack in partnership with the Chilliwack Parks Society and the Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association have opened access to 100 acres of City owned forest property called the Chilliwack Community Forest. This park includes picnic facilities and a multi-use trail system for hiking, biking and running.

Indigenous People

Chilliwack is rich in indigenous people’s culture and history. The word Chilliwack is the name of a local tribe as well as a geographic description of the area. Originally spelled Chilliwhack, this “Halkomelem” word means “quieter water at the head” or travel by way of a backwater.

For more information please visit the Stó:lō Nation and the Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe.

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Arts, Leisure and Culture

The Chilliwack Cultural Centre showcases headlining theatre performances, dance shows, musicals, music concerts and community events.

The Centre includes an art gallery, a 500+ seat performance theatre, a 150 seat recital hall/rehearsal space/dance studio/meeting space, music instruction rooms, arts and crafts studios and related amenities.

The Chilliwack Museum and Archives has been collecting records and objects related to the history of the Chilliwack area since 1958.

The Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre provides professional service with an understanding of, and respect for, Stó:lō protocols. The SRRMC offers a range of professional and technical services. Visit their website to find out about cultural educational tours and events in Chilliwack.

Chilliwack Heritage Park is the community’s premiere facility for trade shows and conventions, concerts, dog shows, horse shows, Arena Cross Events, ABA BMX Bike Grand Nationals, Kart Racing, local club events and more.

Chilliwack has Fraser Valley Regional Libraries in downtown Chilliwack, Sardis and Yarrow.

The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra’s objective is to offer quality concerts for the citizens of Chilliwack and the surrounding area, as well as provide an outlet for professional, volunteer, and young singers and musicians to perform at a very high level.

The Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra provides local concertgoers the opportunity to hear high quality performances of full symphonies, concertos and other orchestral work at reasonable cost and within their own community.

For over 50 years, the Chilliwack Community Arts Council has offered community events and arts programming for kids and adults throughout Chilliwack. The Chilliwack Community Arts Council encourages the community to participate in and appreciate arts and cultural activities.

The Chilliwack School of Performing Arts (CSOPA) is a non-profit, pre-professional youth theatre company that works hard to ensure that the education their students receive is in line with the priorities and expectations of the professional theatre community. CSOPA focuses on building the skills and a foundation of professionalism in performance and practice that will carry students through life, whether they continue on in theatre or pursue other goals.

The Chilliwack Players Guild is made up of local residents who are interested in all aspects of theatre — on stage as well as behind the scenes. Productions are performed at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

Chilliwack has a variety of Skate & Bike Parks throughout the City designed with input from the local riding community to appeal to all riders of all levels from beginner to expert.

Island 22 Bike Skills Park is located in a spectacular natural environment and features five different riding area and one perimeter trail. The newly updated Landing Skate Park features include a pump hump and rainbow ledge, a volcano feature, a set of steps and several quarter pipes. In the Sardis area, the Webster Landing Skate Park provides challenges to all skateboarders, BMX’ers, scooter riders and inline skaters. And finally the Yarrow Skate Park is noted as one of the first in BC and was build by local riders.

Venues

The Cheam Leisure Centre offers a variety of activities and programs for community residents including squash courts, a weight training room with fitness equipment, a double gymnasium, and a 25 metre swimming pool with leisure pool, lazy river, hot tub and sauna.

The Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre features the following amenities for everyone to enjoy including a family leisure pool, therapeutic pools, and a competition pool. There is also a fitness area, aerobics studio and physiotherapy services on site.

You also relax at the restaurant while your children play in the outdoor water playground, sport court for basketball or street hockey, a sand volleyball court or even the all ages skateboard park.

The Chilliwack Family YMCA offers a wide variety of programs to help individuals and families grow and thrive. Programs include aquatics, kids camps, child and family development, child care, education and training, health and fitness, and youth engagement.

Evergreen Hall features various sized rooms that are the perfect setting for your meeting, conference, banquet, dance, gymnasium activities or social requirements.

At the Landing Sports Centre, the main floor area is suitable for concerts, banquets, dances, tennis (4 courts) trade shows and sporting activities while the Loft is suitable for banquets, dances and meetings.

The Outdoor Rotary Pool offers public swimming, swimming lessons, and special events.

Prospera Centre is a 5,000 seat facility with two NHL sized rinks, a multi-purpose meeting room, professional locker rooms, full food and beverage service, a pro shop and fitness facilities.

Twin Rinks has two ice rinks with seating up to 528 that are available July to May. Dry rinks are available May to July for sports like lacrosse and ball hockey.

Chilliwack is in the process of replacing the aging curling rink with a new one. The new rink will be another addition to the redevelopment of the Landing site following in the footsteps of the Cultural Centre, Prospera Centre and the Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre. It will not only become a cornerstone for the 650 member strong curling fraternity, but will also be utilized for other community events that could include minor sports activities, trade shows, weddings and receptions. This new facility is expected to be completed and ready for the community in Spring 2018.

Community Events

Chilliwack has so many community events it is impossible to list them all! There’s the annual summertime Party in the Park , the Village Classic Car Show, Canada Day celebrations, weekly farmers’ and popup markets, First Nation’s Pow Wow, the Chilliwack Fair, TEDx Chilliwack, countless festivals (garlic, tulips, corn and bbq, etc.), and so much more. For details on these events and more, please visit the Downtown Chilliwack BIA and the City of Chilliwack.

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