I moved here almost 2 years ago, and am bored to death. Chilliwack has 1 excuse of a Mall. The theatre moved. The BOM is moving. The downtown is like a Ghosttown.
There is NOTHING to do here for entertainment.
Each year the University College of the Fraser Valley Theatre Department put on three world class performances and host the Director's Theatre Festival in April.
Theatre students are the cast and crew, but they are guided by a professional faculty and staff.
For twelve or fourteen dollars a seat you can see high quality productions of classical and contemporary theatre, with fabulous sets and costumes, and meet the next generation of actors.
The next production is Shakespeare: The Romans, adapted by Ian Fenwick. March 8 to 26.
"An exciting, and challenging compilation of two of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, featuring the political aggression and intrigue of Julius Caesar, coupled with one of the worlds’ greatest love stories: Antony and Cleopatra. This ground-breaking production presents two astonishing plays that are inextricably entwined, under the one banner of Shakespeare: The Romans." ( quoted from the UCFV Theatre Season website.)
The Vedder River varies in depth throughout the year, but is a wonderful place to fish, swim, tube, kayak, explore, hunt for rocks, walk, run, bike, or ride your horse along the trail. During the summer the water is usually warmer and lower than it is during the spring months. There are some shallow areas for young or inexperienced swimmers. Many kayak and river rafting tours are also offered at a number of locations. Salmon spawn during the fall months, and it is so interesting to take the family and watch the salmon struggle to jump up waterfalls. After spawning season is over, the dead salmon corpses create a horrific sight and a terrible smell. Just avoid certain areas at that time. Many places provide the perfect area to fish. At night you can even have camp fires on the rocks!
Cultus lake is in a provincial park. It is beautiful year round. It has lots of things to do, walks, camping, water slides, mini golf, golf, go karts, a small strip mall with restaurants and a gift shop. There are jet skis for rent, and you can sail and canoe. There are campsites all down the lake but be sure to book early for long weekends. You can make a reservation by phone. Here are some of my photos from a weekend camping trip and a map of the lake area.
We visited Minter Gardens in mid-April. The grounds are beautiful, with large areas of perfectly manicured lawns mixed in with winding (but smooth and wheelchair accessible) paths that go off into varieous flowering areas.
I really enjoyed the different areas where a lot of foliage separates the visitor from the world. Then you would come around acorner and a vista or a themed garden would open out in front of you.
It also features a formal resturant and a little cafe where you can sit in the "conservatory" and see out.
Mid-April is not the best time to see the gardens. Basically, only the tulips were in bloom. The Rose Garden was just a nicely laid out set of green stubs, the hanging basket garden was not in place yet and most of the beds were still bulbs. If you go I recommend later in the year (may?). A real standout feature was the number of benches, they were everywhere and it was wonderful to stop and relax and watch the flowers grow!
Bridal Veil Falls is an astonishingly beautiful falls that is easy to get to.
Rather than a typical falls with a thick stream of water flowing, the water is spread out evenly over a large area with many bumps on the way down resulting in a very large white foamy falls (hence the name).
There is a short 1/4 mile walk from the parking lot to the base of the falls, the trail is steep but well cared for and should pose no problems. An alternate route titled "woodland trail" also takes you to the falls but it features stairs.
The viewing area is fairly close to the falls and offers a good vantage, however most people hop the fence (even though it is strongly posted not to) and go the last 20 yards to the base of the falls itself.
There are several picnic tables scattered around and it looks like a nice place to pack a lunch and run around o the lawn and in the woods. The bathrooms are clean and functional but there are not any other amenities and you will have to pack your own food and water if you picnic.
Minter Gardens is about a forty five minute drive east of Abbotsford, and fifteen minutes past Chilliwack. A beautiful rolling landscape of trees, schrubs and flowers that surround a few trickling waterfalls, is also visited by bees, birds and butterflies. On weekends there is often a musician or band playing in the courtyard as you enter. There is also a Conservatory and Garden Cafe, gift shop and the Trillium restaurant for a more formal dining experience.
Chilliwack has a lot of history, and most of it can be found in the downtown core. One of the main areas is called Five Corners. It's exactly what it sounds like: five roads intersect right in the heart of Chilliwack.. It's a very interesting intersection, and it's actually a bit tricky to navigate if you've never been here before.
Cultus Lake was voted the number one provincial park in BC this year, and I know all the reasons why.. I spent most my teenage years camping and partying up here.. Cultus lake campgrounds are the nicest I have ever been to.
I've been here most times out - just nice to walk around and enjoy the flowers and greenery. Personally I'm not very good with flowers - growing or naming them, but I still love the variety here.