Full Service Hotel Year Built 1986 Year Remodeled 2008 Additional Property Description Other hotels in Chilliwack try to compete, but there can only be one cream of the crop when it comes to Chilliwack accommodations. Chilliwack BC lodging does not need to be expensive when you choose this Chilliwack hotel. Conveniently located, we offer easy access to Trans Canada no.1 Highway. We are also the closest hotel to the Chilliwack Heritage Park, a 150,000 sq. ft. Agriculture based Tradeshow and Convention facility. They host horse shows, dog shows, BMX events and concerts. This full service hotel features award winning cuisine, a friendly and attentive staff and a tranquil tropical indoor garden. Outdoor activities are abundant here. Indulge in hiking, golfing, or a day of boating at Cultus Lake. Sport fishing at Fraser River is world famous. White sturgeon and salmon are the big catches that novice and pro fishermen, and women alike are angling for. Nothing beats retreating to your spacious hotel room after a day on the water. Minter Gardens Botanical Garden, Blue Heron and Nature Reserve are also fantastic pastimes. Dont forget to pack your camera for the endless discoveries that await you. The Chilliwack Cultural Center is an Arts center with live theatre and concert productions. However, if you prefer a little more adrenaline, check out the Prospera Center for a Chilliwack Chiefs hockey game. Business travelers from around the world flock to this Chilliwack hotel, complete with meeting facilities. We host employees of Hub International Barton Insurance, Ritchie Bros. auctions, the Department of National Defense, and Soprema International on a regular basis. This Chilliwack hotel is conveniently located 25 minutes from the US border crossing at Sumas, Washington and the Abbotsford International Airpor
Cross-country skiers at Manning Park Resort glide along 30 kilometres of groomed Nordic trails amid the sounds of a rushing river muffled by falling snow. They may not know it, but many of them are following in the footsteps of fur traders, gold seekers, and native First Nations people, the first groups to forge paths through these woods. And the Nordic trails aren't the only way to explore the historic and scenic resort, which is nestled in the heart of the Cascade Mountains, an easy drive from Seattle, Vancouver, Chilliwack, or Abbotsford. In the winter, visit the Alpine area to careen down exquisite powder, or gear up for a day of tubing or guided snowshoe excursions. Debbie McKeown of Snowshoe Magazine found the Similkameen River trail "easy to follow and well-trod," and that the “classic scenery” along the Lightning Lakes trails inspired "frequent photo stops."
During warmer months, rent a boat or canoe to cruise the lake, or hike through verdant meadows brimming with wildlife and wildflowers. Guests can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant or pub before heading to one of the resort's private cabins or the 42-room lodge, which features an indoor heated pool with hot tubs and a sauna. For a complete back-to-nature experience, pitch your tent at one of 350 campsites after stopping at the Country Store for groceries and yeti repellent.
At The Book Man’s two locations, half a million used books beckon to readers, impeccably organized into 72 categories on deep shelves and in spacious drawers. Family owned and operated by a daughter and father team, Amber and book man David illuminate wordy wares with full-spectrum lighting, which helps browsers find a specific book or take a peek at the first sentences of an unfamiliar tome. Although they stock plenty of well-known classics and bestsellers, one of David's favourite aspects of owning a bookstore is stocking unusual treasures. “That’s the whole fun of the bookstore,” he says, “finding those things that people didn’t know they were looking for until they see it.” Amber boasts 20-plus years of experience, oversees inventory databasing, and drives the internet and mail order aspect of their business, allowing customers to contact The Book Man and order books to be placed on hold.
Praised as a local gem by Fraser Valley Pulse, the shop has won awards for Best Bookstore in Chilliwack with its comfortable environment. The store’s unique, reader-friendly spirit has two mascots in store cats Nietzsche and Gatsby, who stalk the shelves of both stores and greet favoured guests with mewling demands to be petted. Customers are free to bring their dogs with them, or plop kiddies down in a play area lined with thousands of picture books and early readers.
“We had to travel where no human being should venture for surely we have encountered the gates of hell,” wrote explorer Simon Fraser in 1808 as he navigated between the canyon's walls at their narrowest point—only 35 metres across—earning the passage the name Hell's Gate. Today, Hell's Gate Airtram aims to make the natural feature less terrifying; whereas Fraser had to cross this expanse in an unsteady boat, the company helps customers traverse its rapids over a suspension bridge or in a gondola. Bright-red cable cars descend from one canyon wall to the adjacent bank, granting their passengers birds-eye views of the churning river, the passage, and canyon wildlife. A metal-grate suspension bridge also lets visitors pause over the surging currents to take photos, stand for a moment of reflection, and cheer on any salmon swimming upstream.
On one of the canyon's walls, visitors can reach an observation deck beside a sculpture recreating Simon Fraser's ascent of the rocky walls on the rope bridges of local First Nations people. Inside the visitors’ centre, staffers moderate screenings of three films covering topics that include a documentary about sockeye salmon, a film exploring Fraser's climb up the canyon, and a documentary on the region's modern-day gold rush. The on-site café, fudge shop, and other attractions also play host to stories of hauntings there, which include tales from staff and past visitors about hearing mysterious voices and seeing spectral shapes in photographs.
Fossil records suggest white sturgeon have been dwelling on rocky river bottoms for more than 200 million years. They bear armored plates rather than scales, and according to the guides at Great River Fishing Adventures, they fight like "a cross between a marlin and a freight train."
Having tagged a record-length sturgeon at 3.8 metres, the team has attracted several notable anglers, including Jimmy Houston and Jakub Vágner of National Geographic Channel's Fish Warrior. They specialize in tracking down the prehistoric river monsters, then catching them to aid in the species' fight for survival. Since 1995, expert anglers and envious goldfish have collected data from more than 90,000 sturgeons as part of an active monitoring program. They regularly lead groups on fishing trips to share the thrill of reeling in the fish while demonstrating proper catch-and-release techniques to keep the fish population flourishing.
Great River Fishing Adventures supplies all necessary equipment for each fishing trip. They also lead excursions to track down steelhead, trout, and Bobby Fischer's pawn lure.
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BC Power Sports mixes sightseeing with adrenalin to yield intimate views of hard-to-reach nature spots. Trained in first aid and approved by the Canadian Safety Council, their tour guides escort riders on ATV tours through an array of British Columbia’s verdant landscapes, from the ghosts of Stave Lake’s old cedar forest to Eagle Point, where roughly 2,000 bald eagles regularly swoop into Harrison River to adopt a pet salmon. The shop also outfits guideless adventures with vehicles chosen from their fleet of ATV rentals, which includes four-by-fours such as the 2011 Polaris Sportsman 400 HO or the two-seat 2011 Polaris Ranger. Each of the ATVs requires certification to ride, which visitors can obtain during the six-hour CSC safety course taught by a CSC qualified instructor. In addition to matching riders with four-wheeled friends, the staff also splashes through the path less taken during wakeboarding and wakesurfing tours.