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Chilliwack British Columbia

Farmland in Chilliwack

Chilliwack is a large agricultural community in the Fraser Valley that’s located about 100 km east of Vancouver between Abbotsford and Bridal Falls.


In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Chilliwack made the decision to close many public facilities. However, as of July 29, 2020, some community and recreation centres have reopened by appointment only. Parks, trails and sports courts are open, as are the Chilliwack Museum, Great Blue Heron Reserve and Cultus Lake Provincial Park.

For more information on what’s happening in Chilliwack see the City of Chilliwack‘s website.

To see other attractions and events in the Metro Vancouver area that have been affected click Impact of COVID-19 on Vancouver.

See below for some background information about Chilliwack as well as a list of some of its most popular attractions and events.

The City of Chilliwack

Incorporated in 1873, Chilliwack is the third oldest still existing municipality in British Columbia after New Westminster (1860) and Victoria (1862). Although very rural, with close to 80,000 residents, today it is one of the province’s largest population centres and bigger even than cities like Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam and West Vancouver.

Chilliwack is too far east to be a member municipality within Metro Vancouver, but it is still part of the Lower Mainland. Together with places like Abbotsford, Harrison Hot Springs, Langley and Mission it makes up what is known as the Fraser Valley region.

Atchelitz Pioneer Village Main Street
Pioneer Village at the Atchelitz Threshermen’s Association Museum

Chilliwack Places of Interest

Chilliwack is home to a number of historic sites and other places of interest including the following:

Reapers Box Office at Fantasy Farms
Fantasy Farms at Night in October

Other places of interest near Chilliwack but not within the municipality include the following:

Cultus Lake at Entrance Bay
Cultus Lake at Entrance Bay Beach

Chilliwack Special Events

A number of annual events take place in Chilliwack including the following:

Chilliwack Fair & Rodeo
The Chilliwack Fair at Chilliwack Heritage Park

Tips & Advice

Metro Vancouver has a gas tax to help fund its public transit system. Municipalities in the Fraser Valley like Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission aren’t part of Metro Vancouver, and so stations there don’t have the gas tax.

If you’re in Chilliwack or other similar communities in the region, be sure to fill up your tank. The savings can be as high as 10 cents a litre sometimes!

Chilliwack Farmland
Farmland near Chilliwack

Other Information

For further details about Chilliwack and the surrounding region, check out any of the following: