Fraser Valley East
Together, the cities of Chilliwack, Mission and Abbotsford comprise the Fraser Valley East area. These three cities lie about an hour east of Vancouver, and provide an opportunity to escape the city in favour of some remarkable outdoor experiences - while still being a short drive from popular urban areas.
Surrounded by the stunning mountain peaks of Mount Cheam and Slesse Mountain and the mighty Fraser and Vedder Rivers, Chilliwack offers a picturesque series of hiking trails that meander along the water and through lush, dense forests. Cultus Lake and Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, in particular, provide unlimited opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of all types - from novice hikers to seasoned trekkers.
Nestled in the rugged Coast Mountains and across the Fraser River, you'll find the city of Mission. The area's coastal mountains, sprawling farmland and grand Fraser River make Mission a natural wonderland, boasting more than 30 parks and dozens of hiking trails.
Tucked perfectly between majestic mountain ranges on the wide plain of the Lower Fraser Valley is Abbotsford. Hiking and horseback riding opportunities abound here, especially through the scenic wilderness areas of Sumas Mountain Park and Chadsey Lake.
Trails located in the Fraser Valley East region:
The Abby Grind is a popular, steep hike that follows the Glen Ryder Trail along the Taggart Peak route to a viewpoint looking southwest across Abbotsford.
Bosumarne Falls is a scenic waterfall and a short, rugged hike that is located a few kilometres from the Chilliwack Lake day-use area.
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park is a great day-use park with a picnic area for families and highlighted by a short walk to a waterfall that cascades down the rocks from 60 meters above.
Cascade Falls is located northeast of Mission, BC, and the scenic waterfall can be viewed from a suspension bridge that crosses the river above the canyon.
Cheam Lake Wetlands is a park area that is popular for birdwatching, picnics, and family outings, located just east of Chilliwack, BC.
The Downes Bowl Trail in Clearbrook Park in Abbotsford is situated in a unique bowl shaped terrain with a network of hiking trails that pass marsh areas and cross small streams.
A spectacular view of Chilliwack, Cultus Lake, and the surrounding Fraser Valley can be seen from the top of Elk Mountain.
Flood Falls is a scenic waterfall that drops from high above and is located just off of Highway #1 near Hope, BC.
The Harrison Grind is a steep hiking trail that offers a great view of Harrison Lake.
Located north of Mission, BC, Hayward Lake offers two hikes that meander along scenic trails maintained by BC Hydro.
The easy loop around Hicks Lake in Sasquatch Provincial Park near Harrison is scenic with several views and stream crossings.
A steep hiking route, the Hope Lookout Trail reaches a viewpoint with an incredible view overlooking the town of Hope, the Fraser River, and the surrounding region.
A scenic and peaceful lake nestled in the hills surrounding Chilliwack Lake.
One of the most spectacular views in the Chilliwack region, Mount Cheam offers panoramic views of the Fraser Valley and surrounding mountains.
Mount Thom is a steep hike in Chilliwack with incredible views of the Fraser Valley from the top.
Othello Tunnels east of Hope, BC, follows a 3.5km return trail through a series of old train tunnels and bridges that cut through the solid granite walls and pass over the wild Coquihalla River.
A popular day use and camping area, Rolley Lake is located northwest of the town of Mission.
The Seven Sisters Trail is a short hike in the Cultus Lake area to a grove of old-growth Douglas Fir trees.
The Slesse Memorial Trail in Chilliwack is a scenic hike that passes a memorial plaque, remembering the air disaster of 1956, before climbing to the Propeller Cairn where there are incredible views of the region.
Sumas Mountain offers splendid views of the Fraser Valley and a picturesque atmosphere around Chadsey Lake.
A short uphill hike that arrives on a ridge overlooking the Cultus Lake area in Chilliwack, BC.
The Vedder Ridge Trail in Chilliwack follows a route up high to the west of Cultus Lake before reaching the top of Vedder Mountain and offering scenic views looking eastward.
The Whippoorwill Point Trail is a short trail near Harrison Lake that takes you to the secluded Sandy Cove and passes by the Harrison River.