A River Runs Through It
Just off the beaten path, the eighty kilometre Chilliwack River runs parallel to the mighty Fraser, providing a natural home to many of the area’s unique wildlife species on either side. This stretch of land boasts forested landscapes and beaches along the river, ending at Chilliwack Lake.
1The Vedder River Rotary TrailEntry at Lickman Road
Starting at Vedder Park, bike or walk this 21km looped trail along the Vedder River. You can also detour partway through to head up to the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve.
2Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve5200 Sumas Prairie Rd
Home to one of the largest heron nesting colonies in the Lower Mainland, this facility includes an interpretive centre managed by the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve Society and multiple trails outfitted with bird blinds. Head up to their observation tower for a “heron’s eye view”.
Stories from The BC Bird Trail Vol. 2
3Amble Coffee45450 Petawawa Rd
A quaint coffee truck serving 49th Parallel coffee, nestled right in the forest of Vedder Park. Enjoy a fresh cup close to the river.
4The Local Harvest Market7697 Lickman Rd
A sustainable local farm and market providing the community with fresh fruits and veggies. Their Market Bakery bakes fresh, organic sourdough bread and pizzas, perfect for lunch on the go.
5Garrison Bistro45555 Market Way #6
A friendly neighbourhood bistro using local ingredients and products to serve comfort food with a twist. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
6Farmhouse Brewing Co.6385 Lickman Rd
Socialize while you enjoy a delicious craft beer and meal in a friendly and welcoming environment.
9Vedder River Inn5788 Vedder Rd
Located in the central Vedder Crossing neighbourhood, enjoy modern suites and close access to the natural beauty of Chilliwack.
10Hampton Inn8050 Lickman Rd, Chilliwack, BC
Only a half-mile from Chilliwack restaurants, the Hampton Inn is located just off Highway 1 – close to the famed Chilliwack Heritage Park, Coliseum, and Cultural Centre.
Passing Through the Valley of Many Streams
Let the quiet hum of the local waters, which often host herons and kingfishers, be your soundtrack as life slows down.
11Island 22 Regional Park44955 Cartmell Rd
A 132-hectare park featuring walking trails, an off-leash dog park, and a bike skills park, as well as equestrian and boat launch facilities.
12Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional ParkEntry on Elgey Road
A 107-hectare park made up of lake, marsh, and forested areas. Known to be home to over 180 different bird species.
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13Cultivate Cafe10015 Young Rd
A family-run cafe connecting the community with refreshing brunch and lunch dishes using local ingredients. Vegetarian and vegan options and a kids menu are available.
14Harvest Store & Cafe9381 Mill St
Feel right at home at this family-run bakery and cafe. Nourishing breakfast and lunch options are available, as well as freshly baked cookies and muffins.
15Bow and Stern201-46140 Yale Road
Enjoy good food and drinks while socializing in a fun, welcoming, and enjoyable atmosphere, in this locally owned and family-run restaurant.
16Bravo Restaurant46224 Yale Rd
Pacific Northwest cuisine in a casual, yet elegant atmosphere. Enjoy shared plates, mouthwatering mains, or try the Chef’s five-course tasting menu.
17Shandhar Hut Indian Cuisine8835 Young Rd
Family-owned and operated, this North Indian inspired restaurant has dishes that are prepared with care that use fresh, local ingredients.
18District 188146140 Yale Rd
Located in downtown Chilliwack, this is a walkable, heritage, cultural hub where locals come together, and where entrepreneurs set up shop with local retail.
19The Book Man45939 Wellington Ave
A community favourite, this carbon-neutral bookstore not only has a huge selection of books and vinyl LPs, they also have two friendly store cats named Beatrix.
21Coast Hotel45920 First Ave, Chilliwack, BC
This beautifully renovated full-service hotel provides a refreshingly local downtown Chilliwack experience, close-by to some of the regions most noteworthy points of interest.