The town of Chilliwack, only one
hour east of Vancouver, is one of the largest communities in the
Fraser Valley of British Columbia.
Named Chilliwack by the original First Nations settlers, the English
translation is, "quieter water at the head", an ideal name
considering the tribe's name of Sto:lo means People of the River.
In 1828 when the Hudson's Bay Company, founded Fort Langley, the
Sto:lo people contributed a lot to the fur trade economy of the area
and also supplied fish and labour to a salmon saltery, also owned by
Chilliwack has now grown into a thriving agricultural community and
is known for its slow pace, and friendly people who make visitors
feel very welcome.
The history buff will be happy in Chilliwack with its vintage homes
in the quiet historic downtown Chilliwack.
There are also some history tours available, including a visit to a
working blacksmith shop and local artifacts used in early years. A
visit to the Sto:lo Longhouse will allow you to enjoy demonstrations
of fishing, weaving, carving and much more.
Close by Cultus Lake is a great destination for family fun, and
Greenhill Acres farm overlooking the Lake has a petting zoo, picnic
tables and a great selection of honey, jams, jellies and homestyle
Another area attraction is the beautiful Minter Gardens, featuring
11 beautiful theme gardens connected by wheelchair-friendly
pathways. Also close by is the town of Bridal Falls, home to
Canada's sixth largest waterfall, only a 15 minute walk along a well
marked trail. Guided hikes are also available in the area so stop at
the Visitor's Information Centre for more detailed information.
Also close to Chilliwack is a waterslide park with 10 great slides,
miniature golf, a giant hot pool, volleyball, and children's
playground and a space-age video arcade.
Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park is a great place to go if you
enjoy birding, and Elk Mountain has great trails up the 15,00 metre
mountain where you can see birds found only at such elevations.
Chilliwack and surrounding areas also have some terrific golf
courses, and if you like adventure, you can find some of BC's best
whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Chilliwack River. Five local
rivers in the Fraser Valley also have year-round fishing including
giant sturgeon, Chinook, and sockeye that return to the Fraser River
Cycling the Kettle Valley Railway is also a popular activity close
to Chilliwack and you can experience the history of the area, as you
view ruins of the gold rush town of Granite city or a 9,000 year old
archaeology site of the Sto:lo nation.
Harrison Hot Springs Resort is within easy driving distance from
Chilliwack as well as many other places to explore.
Why Choose Chilliwack Vacation Rentals?
If you long for peace
and quiet away from the stress and traffic that city
life offers, you may want to consider vacationing in the
Chilliwack area of the Fraser Valley of British
Columbia. Here you will find country vacation homes, bed
and breakfast inns, and many other vacation rentals that
you can book directly from an owner. Whether you
are looking for a quiet retreat, or a family vacation
home close to historic sites, hiking, water sports and
adventure, consider renting from an owner in and around
Chilliwack for a more affordable and memorable vacation
in your home away from home!