Long before its recreational use by Chilliwack's European settlers, Cultus Lake served for centuries as a popular spot for spirit quests by the local Sto:lo First Nation. So popular in fact, that by the 18th century, the lake's spiritual powers had diminished such that the Chinook word Cultus, meaning worthless, was ascribed to it.
When Cultus Lake became a provincial park in the 1950s, the road developed into the present-day Columbia Valley Highway. Today the park attracts over one million visitors a year.
Further along the Columbia Valley Highway is picturesque Columbia Valley, where some of the first families settled around 1890. Also the site of mixed farming, Columbia Valley's true origins are in logging. Most of today's roads through the Columbia Valley are built on top of old logging roads.
The community of Cultus Lake is located south of the Chilliwack River, 25 minutes from the Trans Canada Highway 1, 11 km (7 mi) south of Chilliwack and approximately 80 km (50 mi) southeast of Vancouver.
As one of the most popular destination areas close to Vancouver, Cultus Lake Provincial Park is characterized by a large, warm freshwater lake and scenic forest-clad mountains. The park is almost evenly divided between the northwest and southeast sides of Cultus Lake. The northwest portion is mostly undeveloped with the visitor-oriented facilities confined to the southeast portion. Just a 90-minute drive east of Vancouver, visitors will find four campgrounds, a large day-use area for picnicking, boating, and ample opportunity for fishing, water skiing, wind surfing, and hiking.
Cultus Lake Waterpark is the leader in the waterpark industry on the West Coast. Whether you are on vacation or just taking a much needed break, watersliding is a great recreational activity. This is a family-oriented park and provides guests with rides and thrills for all ages.
Cultus Lake has lots of golfing options for all ages and abilities. Cultus Lake Golf Club is a popular 18-hole, 4,000-yard course, carved out of a dense forest with immaculate greens and tree- lined fairways. Aquadel Golf Club is located in a spectacular setting and is a challenging par 55, 2,533-yard course where you can play all day for one low price. Tap-Ins is an18-hole, par 70 putting course located on four acres of creatively contoured greens and with a spectacular view of the Cascade Mountains. Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf is a fun day for the whole family.
Cultus Lake provides lots of boating opportunities. Jet-ski, power boats, water skiing, wakeboarding, knee boarding, tubing can all be experienced through Beach Buoy Leisure Rentals.
The trout at Cultus Lake can reach over 3 lbs, with trolling and fly fishing being the most successful methods used. The lake is an excellent spawning area and is stocked to maintain a healthy fish population of natural steelhead, whitefish, dolly varden, coho, and sockeye salmon.
Tourism Chilliwack Visitor Centre
44150 Luckakuck Way (Exit 116 off Hwy 1)
Chilliwack, BC V2R 4A7
Toll Free: 1-800-567-9535
Background Photo Credit: Destination British Columbia