Distance From Vancouver:
136.5 kilometers: 90.5 km from Vancouver
(Grandview Hwy entrance to Hwy 1 East) to Exit 119 (Yale Rd / Vedder Rd)
in Chilliwack. Then 5.5 km on Vedder Road to Chilliwack Lake Road. Then
40.5 km on Chilliwack Lake Road to Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park.
Several good views on Chilliwack Lake Road, the
view of Chilliwack Lake, walking paths in the park.
No parking is
allowed on Chilliwack Lake Road between 11PM - 4 AM
(in residential areas).
No reservations can be made at Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park. This is
a popular park, which is probably quite busy on weekends, especially in
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
for the Park Entrance: Page 5
(Chilliwack Lake) E6.
The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park - BC Parks Official Site.
Other Trips in Chilliwack Area:
Mount Cheam Peak
Trail Hike, Ling Lake Trail Hike,
Foley Forest Service Road,
Bench Forest Service Road,
Slesse Memorial Trail Hike, Downtown Chilliwack BC
Visit, Chilliwack River Forest
Radium Lake Trail Hike,
Minter Gardens by Chilliwack BC,
Town of Agassiz BC,
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park has many
campsites for $18 per night, though no reservations are accepted. This
trip report shows how to get there, and some of the things we saw while
walking en route to Radium Lake Trailhead, also located in this park.
1. The directions to Chilliwack
Lake Provincial Park from Vancouver are as follows. Take Highway 1 East.
Here we are driving on Highway 1 past Abbotsford.
TransCanada Highway 1 near Chilliwack British Columbia
2. Take Exit 119 (Yale Road /
Vedder Road). Turning left would lead to
downtown Chilliwack. But we
need to turn right onto Vedder Road.
Highway 1 Exit 119 in Chilliwack BC Canada
3. Cottonwood Mall is located to
your right once you turn onto Vedder Road. It is a good place to get
supplies, including food, as there is a Safeway there. We are now
driving on Vedder Road in Chilliwack.
Vedder Road Chilliwack BC
4. Five and a half kilometers
later you would see a bridge ahead.
Vedder Road Chilliwack British Columbia Canada
5. Driving straight onto the
bridge would lead to
Columbia Valley (Cultus Lake). But to
get to Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park you need to turn left in front of
the bridge onto Chilliwack Lake Road.
6. And then it's a 40.5
kilometer drive on Chilliwack Lake Road until the park entrance. Parking
is prohibited on this road in the residential area between 11 PM and 4
AM. Once the residential area and its 60 km/h hour speed limit end, 80
km/h speed limit comes into effect. There are several campgrounds and
recreational areas along Chilliwack Lake Road (Thompson Park, Slesse
Park, Tamihi Creek, Thurston Meadows, Riverside). So, if Chilliwack Lake
Provincial Park has no spaces when you get there, you can turn around
and see if you can find a space in one of the campgrounds along
Chilliwack Lake Road. Also, there are several forest service roads
branching off Chilliwack Lake Road. You may be able to find a good
camping spot there too, but make sure your vehicle is capable of driving
on those roads, as some of them could be very steep and rough.
Chilliwack Lake Road Province of BC Canada
7. We are now at the end of
Chilliwack Lake Road. Straight ahead is
Chilliwack Lake Forest Service
Road (day use only is permitted, with no overnight
camping). To the
right is the entrance to Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park.
8. We turned to the right and
are now at the park entrance.
Entrance to Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park
9. Drive a bit further and
arrive to the information board.
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
10. The board explains the
rules, as well as provides the park map.
Map of Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park
11. Here are the rules of the
land. Harsh but fair.
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park Rules
12. Since we came not to camp,
but to hike Radium Lake Trail, we drove to the day use lot. If you leave
before the end of the day, there is no charge for parking at the day
lot. The vehicles with boat trailers need to park on the left, and
single vehicles are required to parallel park on the right side.
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park Day Use Lot
13. So, what can you do at
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, aside from
camping and swimming in a
fairly cold lake?
Camping at Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park
14. You can play volleyball...
Volleyball Net Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
15...have a picnic...
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park Picnic Area
16...launch a boat...
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park Boat Launch Area
17...enjoy the lake view...
Chilliwack Lake Province of British Columbia Canada
18...or walk several short but
quite pleasant trails. To get to
Radium Lake trailhead, walk South on
Beach Trail and then Nature Trail. If you don't have a compass, South is
along the lake, keeping it on your left side. This is the intersection
of Beach Trail (which you can take from the day parking lot) and Nature
Trail (which leads to Radium Lake trailhead).
Nature Trail at Beach Trail Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park
19. Here we are walking on
Nature Trail after its split with Beach Trail. In a few minutes, you
would come to a T-Junction, where you would need to turn left. Just
remember to walk South by keeping the lake on your left side.
Nature Trail Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park Province of BC Canada
20. After the T-Junction, there
would be another junction, but from that last junction you should be
able to already see the bridge pictured below. Crossing this bridge
would lead to Radium Lake Trailhead.
Chilliwack Lake Road is a good
road to drive, and Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park looks like a nice
place to visit. The next trip report describes our Radium Lake Trail
-> 055 Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park