The Fraser Valley is formed by the Cascade and Coastal Mountain ranges, whose white peaks stretch skyward around the natural depression like points of a crown. Chilliwack Golf Club has resided at the center of the valley since 1958. The course augments its natural surroundings with a challenging layout and an eye towards meticulous maintenance. Even as the alpine scenery does its best to distract, fairways lined with a forest of Douglas firs constantly doing the wave and the creek that wanders into play on the back nine keep golfers' attention on the game. Players can prepare for the course at the practice area, where they'll find an all-grass driving range, a putting green, and a 130-yard practice hole.
Three generations after John Taves bought his first plot of land in the 1930s, grandson Loren Taves and his wife Corinne still keep the family farm running. At Taves Family Farms Applebarn, guests can navigate the expanded Corn Quest Maze, greet lovable critters at the petting barn, or tour the grounds on a hayride. A zipline lets thrill-seekers soar above the farm, and down below, edible ammo flies at non-ziplining targets from the corn gun and pumpkin cannon.
The Valley Golf Centre treats club wielders to a 9-hole helping of par 3s and 4s, which let beginners build confidence and more experienced players work on their short game. Though the course doesn't make things overly difficult through extreme length or grassed-over trap doors, it does incorporate a central lake and a smattering of fairway-side foliage to keep golfers on their toes. When success proves elusive, golfers can head to the 27 outdoor stalls or 13 covered, heated, and lit indoor stalls at the driving range, which also serves as the instructional area for the centre's lessons.
From The Glen Bar & Grill's outdoor patio at Fraserglen Golf Course, diners feasting on a menu of hearty clubhouse fare can steal glimpses of weeping willows leaning over cattail-lined lakes and manicured greens petering off into rugged farmlands and the mountains beyond. These idyllic greens not only lure wandering eyes with breath-taking views, but also unfurl scenic pastures where visitors can walk off recently devoured burgers, sandwiches, and wraps or make snow angels in sand traps when overcome by food euphoria.
For more than 20 years, Dynamic Dance's team of highly trained instructors—some of whom have international dance training—have created an engaging and supportive environment for children to learn and thrive during a variety of dance classes. Children three and under can discover movement and music as they play with drums and ribbons during a wee dance session, while older students learn classical ballet form as taught by the Royal Academy of Dance.
Twenty-year horse riding veteran Alicia Harper and her staff of equine aficionados work together to create a comfortable environment where students can learn foundational riding skills. Their fleet of horses includes options for all levels and riders who are trained to compete in disciplines including dressage and show jumping. Focusing on safety, the staff offers lessons for casual riders interested in scenic strolls as well as more intensive instruction for those looking to compete. Regular theory workshops delve into the arcane aspects of caring for horses, and enthusiastic students are invited to help out around the barn, where they can learn about feeding, grooming, and losing gracefully to horses at games of canasta to keep their morale high.