A vast number of rivers, lakes, streams and waterfalls
flow over the Fraser Valley’s topography. Find serenity paddling along shorelines
covered in green grasses and dense brush as you listen to the lap of waves.
Advanced paddlers may want to tackle the fast and challenging waters of parts
of the Chehalis and Chilliwack rivers. Our mild climate makes it possible for
paddlers and kayakers of all skill levels and abilities to explore the valley’s waterways in any season.
The Lower Fraser River extends from Hope to the shores of the Pacific Ocean between Richmond and Delta, BC.
Apart from numerous launch points along the Fraser, visitors may want to dip into some of the many pocket lakes
tucked into the forest and mountain ranges of Sasquatch Provincial Park. Several lakes in the Fraser Valley are
well-suited to canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking, including Deer and Hicks lakes. Roche Lake Provincial
Park has over 10 paddling opportunities to discover. Larger bodies of water to explore include Alouette,
Stave and Harrison lakes, where numerous camping and hiking opportunities also await.
Located on the banks of some of the best paddling destinations in British Columbia, our communities have you
covered with kayak, canoe, stand up paddleboard, paddle boat and other watercraft rentals. Join a workshop or
steer your own adventure by transporting your watercraft to nearby lakes and tributaries.
Always wear a lifejacket or personal floatation device when venturing out onto the water. Weather conditions
can change quickly, so check the forecast before your trip and be ready to head back to shore if the conditions
warrant a change of course. Find more water safety guidelines here.
Walking & Hiking
The Fraser Valley’s backdrop of verdant forests are a breath of fresh air for adventurers seeking a wilderness escape.
Experienced and novice outdoors enthusiasts can trek up rugged forest trails to gaze upon awe-inspiring views of the valley and nearby mountain
ranges. There are also ample scenic strolls that wind along shorelines or through trees alive with the calls of birds and other forest creatures.
The Fraser Valley is next to over 20 provincial parks with varying terrain and features. Manning Provincial Park is a
popular destination for day hikes and forest walks, as is Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park with its namesake cascading
waterfall. Cultus Lake Provincial Park has several beginner as well as backcountry treks to choose from, as does Sasquatch
Provincial Park. Those looking for spectacular views of Chilliwack and east Fraser Valley will want to visit the Sumas
Mountain Regional Park where you can find Lost Lake, aka Chadsey Lake Trail.
Always plan ahead before embarking on a hike. Bring plenty of food and water to keep well-hydrated and fuelled.
Plan for the conditions by checking the weather forecast before heading out, and always bring extra layers
just in case the temperature drops. Find more hiking safety tips at adventuresmart.ca.
Mountain Biking & Cycle Tours
British Columbia is known around the world as a premier downhill and mountain biking destination,
and the Fraser Valley has some of the most technically challenging trails as well as best beginner-friendly options.
The valley’s temperate climate also makes it a great choice all year long. Tune your bike at any of the local shops,
and refuel and rehydrate at some of the many apres-ride eateries and breweries the valley has to offer—exceptional hospitality included.
Where to Ride
The Fraser Valley Mountain Bikers Association has built an inclusive mountain biking culture and a sustainable trail network
for all to enjoy. Their website lists information and maps for 1,348 trails—from beginner to double black diamonds—that cover
over 3,300 kilometres, 92,109 metres of descent and 2,442 metres of vertical. Find the largest number of trails on Vedder Mountain
(near Chilliwack); Sumas Mountain and Ledgeview (near Abbotsford); as well as Red and Bear mountains (near Mission). The Syéxw Chó:leqw
Adventure Park near Ruby Creek is a family friendly option designed for riders of all abilities. The park also features educational opportunities
and sculptures by local Sts’ailes artist, Claude ‘Rocky’ LaRock.
Take out the guesswork and minimize planning time while optimizing adventure and fun by taking a cycle tour.
The Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour combines education and culinary experiences on a tour of local farms. That’s one way to get ‘moooving’.
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