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Chilliwack

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Chilliwack is a popular outdoor adventure playground. Surrounded by stunning mountains, lush forests and an abundance of lakes and rivers, the area is popular for hiking and biking, golf, camping and trophy-size fishing. Watersports are a huge attraction and bring visitors to this area to enjoy the many opportunities from kayaking to whitewater rafting.

As well as outdoor adventure, agriculture is a mainstay of life and employment in the area. People travel miles to enjoy the abundance of produce, and in particular to experience the sweet Chilliwack corn.

The region is affectionately called “The Wack” by locals.

Gargantuan Stainless Steel Sculpture by Kevin Stone, Chillwack

Gargantuan Stainless Steel Sculpture by Kevin Stone, Chillwack

 

Location

Chilliwack is located at the end of the upper Fraser Valley, 100 km (60 mi) east of Vancouver on the Trans-Canada Highway, Highway 1. The city is bounded on the north by the Fraser River, and on the south by the Canada-United States border. Huntingdon Border is the nearest crossing and is located at the end of Highway 11 between Abbotsford and Sumas, 3 km (2 mi) south of Highway 1.

A Step Back in Time

Between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago, the Sto:lo arrived in the area. At the time of their first contact with Europeans, it is estimated that there were as many as 40,000 people living within Sto:lo territory. The word Chilliwack is the name of a local Indian 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.

In 1857, gold was discovered in the Fraser Canyon and by 1859, over 40,000 gold miners had trekked to the goldfields, most travelling through the Chilliwack area. The main mode of travel was by steamboat from New Westminster to this area and by the mid 1860s several farms had grown up around the steamboat landings on the Fraser.

The Township of Chilliwack was founded in 1873, and the commercial area of the town moved south from the river to the junction of the New Westminster-Yale Wagon Road, Wellington Avenue, and Young Road, called “Five Corners.” A large subdivision called Centreville was built in 1881 which was replaced in 1887 by the more popular “Chilliwhack.” The area was incorporated in 1908 as the City of Chilliwack. The City and the Township co-existed for 72 years until 1980 when they merged to form the District of Chilliwack. It became the City of Chilliwack in the early 1990s. Today, some 80,000 people live in the area.

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Cottonwood Meadows RV Country Club

Cottonwood Meadows RV Country Club

Chilliwack

Situated at a great location, two minutes from downtown Chilliwack, surrounded by beautiful trees, birds and fish in a creek. Located next to Chilliwack Heritage Park and Cheam Golf Course. Open all year round. ... Read more
The Cabins At Cultus Lake Park

The Cabins At Cultus Lake Park

Cultus Lake

Nestled amongst the towering trees with incredible mountain views, The Cabins at Cultus Lake Park is a piece of paradise that awaits you. Surrounded by sandy beaches, waterslides, golf courses, mini-golf and more, we are the perfect destination for a fun family vacation. In the heart of the communit ... Read more
Sunnyside Campground

Sunnyside Campground

Cultus Lake

Lakefront family camping with full hookup, tenting, group, and seasonal sites. Facilities include washrooms with free hot showers, onsite store and laundry; sani-station; four playgrounds; onsite security; boat launch; buoy rental; sandy beaches; swimming; and fishing. Located near golf course, wate ... Read more
Bridal Falls Motel

Bridal Falls Motel

Rosedale

A short walk to Bridal Veil Falls, water park, Golf Course and Driving Range. Walking distance to stores and restaurants. Monthly rates available in off season. ... Read more
Camperland RV Resort at Rosedale

Camperland RV Resort at Rosedale

Rosedale

Nestled at the base of Mt. Cheam and situated off the Trans Canada Highway, Camperland RV Resort is the perfect base for travellers or families wanting to escape their busy lives for a relaxing and fun vacation. Adjacent to Bridal Veil Provincial Park and Bridal Falls Waterpark, the whole family wil ... Read more
Harrison Springs Camping & RV Park

Harrison Springs Camping & RV Park

Harrison Hot Springs

Beautiful, peaceful, gated campground. Just passed the welcome sign on left, 300 metres. Full serviced 30-50 amp. Cable TV, private treed sites accommodating any size unit. Some camp sites are in wilderness, light forest setting. Clean family oriented. Modern facilities with exceptionally clean wash ... Read more
Diamond Head Motor Inn

Diamond Head Motor Inn

Mission

Diamond Head Motor Inn is the perfect accommodation to enjoy all the benefits of being nestled amongst the beautiful scenery. We are located in the heart of downtown Mission, near the Mission raceway and walking distance to shopping and restaurants. Our hotel offers spacious rooms that feature full ... Read more
A&H RV Rentals & Service

A&H RV Rentals & Service

Abbotsford

A&H RV Rentals & Service is family-owned and operated in the Fraser Valley. We offer year-round rentals with quality units and competitive rates; utility trailers, tent trailers and travel trailers. We offer full mechanical maintenance and repairs. Located on the south side of Hwy 1, Clearbrook Rd., ... Read more
Four Seasons RV Rentals

Four Seasons RV Rentals

Abbotsford

Canada's premiere economy RV Rental Company. Offering a great variety of ultra clean and reliable vehicles to choose from including: Class C motorhomes (20'-31') and travel trailers (at select locations). Languages spoken: German, Dutch. ... Read more
Fraserway RV Sales

Fraserway RV Sales

Abbotsford

Our 12-acre site is Canada's largest RV facility and is devoted to meeting ALL YOUR RV NEEDS. 100's of new and used RV's in stock featuring Adventurer, Keystone, Winnebago, Holiday Rambler, Forest River, Starcraft and many more. Browse through our 14,00 sq. ft. showroom, or shop our 7,000 sq. ft. RV ... Read more
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