The completion of the Yale to New Westminster Wagon Road in 1874 led directly to the settlement of Rosedale. By 1890, there were enough families in the area to warrant building a school which has since become the centre of Rosedale.
The area's population boomed beginning in the 1890s. This boom lasted for more than thirty years, fuelled by the logging, railway and farming industries. It was a transition period that saw farms replace sawmills. Many of the heritage buildings can still be found in and around Rosedale today.
Rosedale is a farming-based community approximately 20 km (12 mi) east of Chilliwack off the Trans Canada Highway 1. Take Exit 135 eastbound or Exit 138 westbound and head north on Hwy 9. Turn left onto Yale Road East.
Minter Gardens has been in operation for over 30 years. A 32 acre world-class show garden designed to dazzle the senses changes with the seasons. Check out the over 100,000 tulips in the spring, rose garden in the summer, 1,000 trees, woodlands, brooks and waterfalls plus thousands of annuals that provide a riot of colour throughout the growing season. Restaurants, gift & plant shop are on site.
With an excellent trail system including a floating walkway, the Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park is popular with hikers, bird-watchers and for picnicking. Open year-round the park is located 16 km (10 mi) east of Chillwack on the north side of the Trans Canada Highway 1, Exit 135 eastbound and Exit 138 westbound, then via Highway 9 and east onto Yale Road and follow signs.
Fun for the whole family, this summer season waterpark located in Bridal Falls has a kiddies slide and pool, tube slides, intermediate and advanced slides. In addition, there is a hot tub, mini golf and picnic area.
The Chilliwack area offers a wide variety of fishing challenges year-round. The Fraser River is one of the most productive rivers in North America for salmon, steelhead, and world record sized sturgeon. If the Fraser is too high for bar fishing, you can fish tributary creeks for prized chinook. To maximize your fishing experience take a guided tour or charter.
At the base of Mt. Cheam in Bridal Falls is the Bridal Falls Golf Club, an attractive Executive 9 hole course. The golf club has been cut from natural rain forest with two large lakes and many large river/silica sand bunkers. Bridal Falls Golf Club is well-known for challenging greens and spectacular views of Bridal Veil Falls and the surrounding mountains.
Honeyview Farm has been working with bees for over 35 years. Located just north of Rosedale, you can take a guided tour of the farm and learn all about the fascinating life of the honey bee and of course taste some honey.
Tourism Chilliwack Visitor Centre
44150 Luckakuck Way (Exit 116 off Hwy 1)
Chilliwack, BC V2R 4A7
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