Chilliwack’s first downtown core was located at Chilliwack Landing in 1858, at the end of Wellington Avenue by the Fraser River. It was the time of the Fraser River gold rush and it’s proximity to the water made it a convenient location for commerce and travelers. Room for the core to grow was limited and land was subject to flooding so a new centre was developed at an intersection which became known as ‘Five Corners’.
Explore the heart of our community today and you will see plenty of heritage homes and buildings, many still being used as unique boutique shops and restaurants. Over 300 locally owned and operated businesses offer an array of specialized products and services but with a more personal approach to customer service that is more typical of days gone by! The former City Hall now houses the Chilliwack Museum where you can gain further insight into the history of Chilliwack.
Downtown is also a great pace to play, with a state of the art leisure centre, sports fields and parks. Catch ‘Party in the Park’, a family event with live music and entertainment each Friday evening in July and August. Central Community Park and Salish pond with its inviting water display and picturesque gardens and spectacular mountain backdrop are popular locations for picnics. Downtown is also the venue for special events throughout the year including the annual Village Classic Vintage Car Show and the Christmas Parade.
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