Located less than two hours from downtown Vancouver, the attraction features amazing water slides and tons of family-friendly fun.
This attraction is closed for the season. Hopefully it will start back up again in 2021 as per its usual schedule.
Cultus Lake Waterpark
Cultus Lake Waterpark is the largest waterpark in British Columbia and, in our opinion, definitely the best. It’s a massive facility and has over a dozen water slides, various splash areas, picnic tables and a large grassy area surrounded by forest.
The waterpark is perfect for the whole family. There are kiddy slides for children, slides with inflatables the whole family can fit in, and wickedly steep and fast rides for people looking for a thrill.
The selection and variety of slides is impressive, the facility is well maintained and the venue is beautiful.
If you’re looking for a great place to spend a hot sunny summer day, we can’t recommend it enough! Seriously!
Cultus Lake Waterpark is located right in the village of Cultus Lake at 4150 Columbia Valley Highway which is about a 15-minute drive from the Trans-Canada Highway. If driving east from Vancouver, the turn off is Exit #104.
The Cultus Lake Waterpark is across the street from the Cultus Lake Adventure Park, which is another great attraction. The venue is also not far from the lake and a couple of stores and restaurants.
The centre of town and the waterpark are also just a short drive from Cultus Lake Provincial Park which features four different campgrounds, a number of nice sandy beaches and miles and miles of hiking trails.
With all the region has to offer, it’s no wonder that Cultus Lake is one of the Lower Mainland’s top summer holiday destinations!
Waterpark Hours and Dates
In a typical year, Cultus Lake Waterpark is open rain or shine from early June until the Labour Day Monday at the beginning of September.
Regular hours of operation are 9:30 am until 6:30 pm. From the second half of July until late August, however, the park usually has extended hours and stays open until one hour later.
2020 Opening Hours Schedule
The originally scheduled hours of operation for the waterpark in 2020 are listed below. Actual times and dates, however, varied (and we know for sure that nothing happened in June due to the closure of the facility due to COVID-19).
- June 3 to July 24, 2020 – 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
- July 25 to Aug 30, 2020 – 9:30 am to 7:30 pm
- Aug 31 to Sept 7, 2020 – 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Night Water Slides
On two or three Fridays each summer the water slides are usually open for special night time events. In 2020 Night Slides were scheduled to take place on July 18th as well as both August 7th and 28th from 8:00 pm until midnight. Whether they actually happened in the end, we’re not sure. Probably not because of COVID-19.
During Night Slides events the place is packed with youth and young adults enjoying evening concerts and having a blast while sliding in the dark.
Click Night Slides Concerts for more details.
In 2020 regular admission to Cultus Lake Waterpark including GST cost the following:
- 48 inches and above: $35
- Under 48 inches tall: $25
- Seniors (age 60+): $25
Twilight Passes are also available during the last three and a half hours of each day (so from 3 o’clock on days when the place closes at 6:30 and from 4 o’clock when it closes at 7:30).
Twilight Passes in 2021 will likely cost around $20 or $25 per person (regardless of age and height). Exact details, however, are to be confirmed.
Cultus Lake Waterpark was going to be open from 8:00 pm until midnight on July 18th and August 7th and 28th in 2020 (or at least that was the hope). Admission on those days was about $25 per person including taxes.
Included with the Night Sliding cost of admission is access to the free concerts. Bands that have performed in previous years are Swamp Honey, Pleasant Trees, Ezra Kwizera, North Country Gentlemen and Terrance Richmond (from the Love Quest Crew). 2020 bands will be comparable.
Water Slides at Cultus Lake
Cultus Lake Waterpark has a fantastic variety of slides. There are small ones, long ones, fast ones, crazy fast ones, straight ones, and ones that wind all over the place. There are also water slides that loop around, ones that drop straight down, ones that include segments in the dark and slides that go around and around until you drop!
With some slides you go down on your butt and with others you ride an inflatable tube or other contraption. Some slides are for single riders and others are for up to five people at the same time. In short, there’s something for everyone!
Types of Waterslides
There are so many different kinds of slides at Cultus Lake Waterpark. Some of our favourites include the following:
- Colossal Canyon – a wonderful ride in a giant round raft that fits up to five people including four adults. Tons of fun!
- Radical Rapids – a white water-rafting-style ride with inner tubes for both single and double riders.
- Tubular Terror – a trio of slides including a black one that’s all in the dark, a blue one that’s half in the dark, and another blue one that’s all open. All three are a blast and use inflatables designed for one or two people.
- Valley of Fear – this one involves sitting in a tube, dropping straight down, going way up on the other side, and then sliding back and forth, up and down, until you finally stop at the bottom. The slide is for both singles and doubles and you’ll want to keep your bum off the ground and tuck your chin to your neck. It’s scary, but so much fun!
- Free Fall – this slide is like the Valley of Fear except that (1) there’s no tube to sit on, (2) you just go down, down, down and (3) it’s even more insanely fast and scary (all of which really means it’s actually quite different from the Valley of Fear, except for the vertical drop and scare-factor). If you like free-falling and going at a hundred miles an hour, you’ll love the Free Fall!
- Speedslide – this is another fabulous and super-fast ride. It’s located right beside the Free Fall, is slightly less scary and makes for a good way to work up to braving the Free Fall.
- Boomerang – this is a great slide to do with friends and family. Up to four people get to sit on a raft and shoot down the slide. What’s especially nice about this ride too, similar to the Colossal Canyon, is the fact that you don’t have to carry your raft/tube up the stairs with you.
- Zero-60 Raceway – this is a fun slide where you get to lie on a mat and race your friends to the bottom.
- Bazooka Bowls – ever seen one of those contraptions where you put a coin in a slot and then watch the coin roll around and around until it finally drops in a hole at the bottom. Bazooka Bowls is like that except that instead of a coin going down the shoot and then spinning around and around until dropping, it’s you!
- Pirates Cove – this is a fabulous play area with a couple of smaller slides for children, a fort-like structure to climb around, a mini pirate ship to sit in and a giant water bucket that dumps its contents every thirty seconds or so. Lots of fun for young families.
These are just a few of the water slides and attractions at Cultus Lake Waterpark. Others include the Adventure River, Blaster & Twisters, the Rattler, Turtle Pool and Kiddie Castle, all of which are also tons of fun.
The Cultus Lake Waterpark venue is exceptional. There are slides all over the place, a huge grassy lawn in the middle and a forest at the edges. There are also several small hot tubs to warm up in, and the water on the slides and in the pools is usually (and surprisingly) not too cold.
At the water park there are picnic tables and shaded areas, pools to splash around in, BBQs to rent and places to buy ice cream and other snacks. Lawn chairs and umbrellas are also available for rent, as are towels and other miscellaneous items.
Theme Park Videos
To give you an idea of what to expect at both the Cultus Lake Waterpark and Cultus Lake Adventure Park, check out the following video which was taken the last time we visited. As you’ll see, the water park features a wide range of fun slides to go down. The Adventure Park is across the street and amazing too.
This video was taken during a visit by Japanese students who were on an exchange program with youth from the City of North Vancouver. For details about their trip and other places they visited check out Lions Club Japanese Exchange Tour. Both Cultus Lake attractions supported the program by generously providing tickets to the participants.
Below are some tips and advice, park rules and other additional information.
Tips & Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most of your experience at the attraction.
TIP #1: If you’re in the area for a couple of days and you also plan to visit the Cultus Lake Adventure Park across the street, which we recommend you do, do the water slides first. There’s a good chance (but not guaranteed) that your water slide admission ticket will give you a discount for the Adventure Park rides (but not usually the other way around).
TIP #2: Arrive early if you can, especially on hot sunny weekends, as it’ll increase your chances of finding convenient parking, a picnic table and/or a place in the shade.
TIP #3: The park can get busy on sunny afternoons, especially between around 2:30 and 5:00 pm when all the Twilight Pass visitors arrive and before the full-day people head home for dinner. If staying for the day, but planning to take a break, that’s a good time to do it.
TIP #4: The best place to park is in the Cultus Lake Waterpark parking lot. It’s the most convenient place, obviously, but also the cheapest. The cost is just $5 when you pay for admission, but $10 for the day elsewhere (or at least that’s what it was last year).
TIP #5: You’re allowed to bring outside food and drink into the park, which is wonderful! It can’t be outside restaurant food, however, and beverages must be sealed in their original containers. If a drink is open, you’ll need to dump out the contents before entering. Why? Because they understandably don’t want people spiking their drinks with adult beverage contents!
TIP #6: Don’t forget your sunscreen, sunglasses, (empty) water bottle and sun hat. It can get hot!
TIP #7: Listen to and read the instructions before each new ride. Sometimes it’s important that you cross your feet and/or arms (e.g., the Freefall). With other slides you’ll want to keep your bum up off the ground and your chin tucked in (e.g., the Valley of Fear).
TIP #8: The park shuts down fairly promptly at closing time. You don’t have to rush out, but if you want to shower and change before the washrooms close plan to pack up a few minutes early.
TIP #9: The park has a no refund policy. If it looks like a thunder, wind or rain storm is on its way and there’s a chance of the park closing early, don’t expect to get your money back.
TIP #10: Go on a hot sunny day!
Park Rules & Regulations
As do all attractions, the Cultus Lake Waterpark has a number of rules. The following are some that are especially important to note:
- Outside food and drinks are permitted, but no alcohol or outside restaurant food. Also, all beverages must be commercially labelled and sealed.
- BBQs can be rented on site, but outside cooking devices are not permitted.
- The waterpark is a no-smoking environment. If you want to smoke, you’ll have to leave the premises to do so.
- Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
For more information about the attraction, check out the Cultus Lake Waterpark website.
For a list of other water park facilities in other places click Lower Mainland Water Slides.