Welcome to the Chilliwack River Valley & the Skagit Range Mountains

Chilliwack Lake as seen from Flora Lake Trail

Chilliwack Lake as seen from Flora Lake Trail

The beautiful Chilliwack River basin is set amongst the rugged Skagit Range mountains lying within both Canada and the USA. With a gentle valley bottom, several lakes and side valleys, high peaks and an extensive system of back roads and campgrounds, the Chilliwack recreational area has become one of the most popular in BC. The main attractions are Cultus Lake Provincial Park and Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park with their many campgrounds, hiking trails and water activities.

Out side of the Chilliwack parks one can find many types of activities, both non-motorised and motorized. The fine Chilliwack/Vedder River is famous for its year round salmon fishing and is also popular for kayaking and rafting. The multitude of Chilliwack hiking trails and mountaineering routes amidst the varying topography of valley bottom, gentle mountains, high ridges and rugged peaks has created a renowned destination for hikers and mountaineers alike. Other more daring activities here include paragliding, downhill mountain biking and spelunking (caving). Motorized activities such as quad riding, dirt biking and four wheeling occur here within certain areas. Vedder Mountain and Chipmunk Ck/Spoon Ck areas are two such areas offering a mix of single track, tracks, back roads and 4WD roads.

Despite this areas proximity to the developed areas of the City of Chilliwack and Abbotsford, abundant wildlife of different forms prevails. Black bear, cougar, mountain goat, mule deer, spawning salmon, bald eagle, pileated woodpecker and chipmunk are but a few. Also, old growth forest, alpine meadows and wildflowers are among the many flora delights of this area.

To see a map of the general location of the Chilliwack River drainage go to: www.chilliwackwatershedstrategy.ca

'Border Peaks' skyline as viewed from upper Chipmunk Creek backroads

‘Border Peaks’ skyline as viewed from upper Chipmunk Creek backroads

Southern slopes of the Cheam Range from Cheam Peak on far left to Foley Peak on far right

Southern slopes of the Cheam Range from Cheam Peak on far left to Foley Peak on far right

Views of 'Flora Peak' and Mt. Wittenberg from the 'Flora Pass' area

Views of ‘Flora Peak’ (left) and Mt. Wittenberg (centre-right) from the ‘Flora Pass’ area

Mt. Lindeman in the forefront and North Cascades behind

Mt. Lindeman in the forefront and North Cascades behind, within Washington State

Upper 'Pierce Lake' with its crater-like rim along the Pierce Creek Trail

Upper ‘Pierce Lake’ with its crater-like rim along the Pierce Creek Trail

'Goat Mtn' (left) and Williams Peak (right) as seen from near Goetz Peak

‘Goat Mtn’ (left) and Williams Peak (right) as seen from near Goetz Peak