If you are looking for adventure this Fall you won’t have to go far, Chilliwack (located 1 hour east of Vancouver) has the full slate of outdoor sports to choose from. Whether it be kayaking or rafting on our world class whitewater rivers similar to lake tahoe rafting, mountain biking on Vedder Mountain’s elaborate trail network, or hiking, mountaineering, trail running, canyoneering, paddle boarding, canoeing, or rock climbing.
My name is Sam Waddington, outdoor enthusiast and owner of Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors. I call Chilliwack home because I truly believe it is the best place for outdoor adventure anywhere in the world. We opened our store, Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors, to inspire people to live for adventure. Our aim is to connect people to the mountains and build a passion for the world that surrounds us. We draw our name from the tallest mountain in BC, Mt. Waddington, which stands 4,019 meters above sea level in one of the most rugged and remote mountain ranges on earth. It is with inspiration from our adventures that we bring you Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors.
I would like to share with you some information about hiking in Chilliwack. Many of the hikes in the Chilliwack area are well maintained and range in difficulty from level-ground hour-long walks, to multiday trips, and everything in between. If you are new to the area or just new to hiking than grabbing a free trail map that is put out by Tourism Chilliwack, or joining one of the hiking clubs can be a great way to get your foot out the door.
Click here to download a PDF copy of the Chilliwack Hiking Guide.
The most popular hikes are Elk Mountain, Mt. Cheam, Lindeman Lake and Greendrop Lake and of course Mt. Thom and Teapot Hill (All listed in the hiking guide).
Elk Mountain is a Chilliwack favorite and is accessed above Rider Lake and is rated as a “difficult” hike due to the steep trail, however the hike to the summit can be done in a couple of hours and then it is easy hiking along the ridgeline stretching back towards Mt. Thurston to the East. This trail affords the hiker incredible views over the Chilliwack River Valley, the Fraser Valley and many of the peaks to the south such as Mt. Sleese and even Mt. Baker in Washington State.
If you are looking for something at the entry level than you don’t need to look any further than Lindeman Lake. This trail is easily accessible right off of Chilliwack Lake Rd and is a short hike to a beautiful alpine lake. If you are feeling energetic once you get there you can continue past the lake to Greendrop Lake another hour up the trail.
For the more adventurous hikers, I have found few hikes anywhere in the world, which come close to comparing to the Mt. MacFarlane/ Pierce Lake trail. On this trail you will wind through huge old Douglas Fir groves, pass by two beautiful alpine lakes and achieve a summit that has spectacular views of surrounding snow and glacier capped peaks with sweeping valley’s below.
A drive up Chilliwack Lake Rd. on a beautiful day is sure to be awe evoking as 2000 meter peaks touch the sky to the north and the south, a beautiful white water river rages alongside the road and a pristine lake awaits at the head of the valley.
The Vedder/Chilliwack river runs right past our door, and it is well regarded as one of the best whitewater kayaking rivers in Southern BC. The river is classed between II and IV and contains boulder gardens, pool drop and surfing waves for paddlers of all interests. The Vancouver Kayak Club calls the Chilliwack river their home terrain and the national whitewater center is based right here in town, a testament to the caliber of this local asset.
If you are looking into giving some whitewater activities a go you will find no shortage here in town. The Chilliwack Center of Excellence, and Purple Hayes School of Kayaking are great local recourses for coaching and training if it is kayaking that you are looking for. Others might feel more comfortable taking a ride with one of the local rafting companies to ply the big water. Take a look at Chilliwack River Rafting and Hyak Wilderness Adventures to book you and your friends in for an afternoon of fun.
For more information visit:
Purple Hayes Kayaking – purplehayeskayaking.com
Chilliwack River Rafting – chilliwackriverrafting.com
Hyak Wilderness Adventures – hyak.com
Chilliwack Centre of Excellence – ccekayak.com
Mt Waddington Outdoors – www.mtwaddingtons.com
Tourism Chilliwack – tourismchilliwack.com
– by Sam Waddington on September 9, 2013
Posted on www.604pulse.com a regional tourism website and blog that celebrated what this area has to offer.