Summer family vacations are days of sunshine and laughter, sizzling hot temperatures and cooling bodies of water; fun festivals and delicious summer eats. Chilliwack is a perfect getaway for a family summer vacation— there are so many things to see and do, activities to suit every age and family member, and cozy accommodations to stay in while you’re here! Here are some suggestions to give you and your family the best summer vacation yet!
Last year, we debuted a new summertime tradition: the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival. In our 1st year, we featured 5+ acres of the iconic flower. On August 1st, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival returns for our second year — this time, with the addition of a massive field of dahlias. In total, there will be 20 acres of flowers: 54 varieties of dahlias and 35 varieties of sunflowers! Our other additions include a giant pumpkin patch and a field of u-pick Chilliwack corn. You can also purchase u-pick Sunrich Orange Sunflowers, cut sunflowers and field flowers, sunflower-themed gifts, and tulip and daffodil bulbs. You’ll find picture-perfect photo ops: swing sets, a windmill, a vintage bicycle, and face cut-outs designed by local Indigenous artist, Fred Jackson. Enjoy outdoor lawn games like bolaball, “giant” Jenga, dominoes, tic-tac-toe, and checkers. Weekends include the Rotary Club of Chilliwack Fraser train, giving free rides through the fields. Local food trucks will be on-site daily, and you can enjoy refreshments in our covered area. Bring your furry friend too: we welcome on-leash pets!*
Cultus Lake Waterpark
4150 Columbia Valley Highway
Cultus Lake Waterpark is a favourite of locals and tourists alike. With over 25 exhilarating slides and attractions to choose from, it’s BC’s largest waterpark. Offering body slides, tube & raft slides, and other attractions like the family spray park, adventure river, and hot tubs, it’s sure to become your family’s favourite! Open rain or shine.
Chilliwack Corn Maze
41905 Yale Road
Opening on August 15th for its 20th year, the Chilliwack Corn Maze is a pioneer in the agri-tourism industry. Find your way through the 12-acre corn maze and visit the giant pumpkin patch with over 15 different varieties, to find your favourite. Other fun attractions include a giant jumping pillow, pedal carts, duck race, indoor hay bale maze and tractor rides. Visit the farm animals, enjoy hay rides, the giant sandbox and swing area, tetherball and more. Adults and older children will have a spooky and fun time navigating the night time maze: navigate your way through the maze at night with a flashlight!
Cultus Lake Marina
50 Sunnyside Boulevard
Enjoy everything Cultus Lake has to offer with a little help from Cultus Lake Marina. Get out on the open water by renting watercraft from the marina (boat license not required). Interested in trying wakeboarding, waterskiing, kneeboarding or tubing? They have accessories to do just that! From jetskis and seadoos to powerboats and pontoon boats, they have a wide range of rentals to suit your needs and give you a fantastic time on the lake!
For more fun activities including Chilliwack River Rafting, Pure Life Paddle Boards, and the Circle Farm Tour visit our friends at Tourism Chilliwack.
No summer outing is complete without some tasty eats! We’ve compiled a list of some great spots to grab a delicious meal or snack to satisfy your cravings.
J. Beethoven’s Pizza
4125 Columbia Valley Highway
Shandhar Hut Indian Cuisine
8835 Young Road
45859 Yale Road
Brown’s Social House
#500-8236 Eagle Landing Parkway
#101-8050 Lickman Road
Curly Kale Eatery
5996 Vedder Road
For more restaurant ideas visit: www.tourismchilliwack.com
Cozy accommodations close to the action are the best. No need to travel long distances to enjoy your family day out!
Surestay Hotel by Best Western Chilliwack
43971 Industrial Way
Coast Chilliwack Hotel by APA
45920 First Avenue
Vedder River Inn
5788 Vedder Road
45886 Wellington Avenue
Hampton Inn by Hilton Chilliwack
8050 Lickman Road
For more accomodation ideas visit: www.tourismchilliwack.com
Now you’re all set to enjoy jam-packed summer days in Chilliwack! Pack your suitcases and find your way here to experience a family vacation starting at the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival that will be talked about for years to come.