Chilliwack is nestled in a wide, fertile river valley surrounded by endless mountains, miles of crystal clear lakes, and acres of untamed wilderness. It is quite literally one of the most extraordinary areas of the planet. Located in the upper Fraser Valley, 100kms east of Vancouver on the Trans Canada Highway, the city is bound on the north by the Fraser River and on the south by the Canada-United States border.
With a rapidly growing community of 80,000 people, Chilliwack has come a long way since its pioneering days serving as a gateway as well as a hinterland to the fur trade and gold mines at Yale and Hope. Modern Chilliwack has something for everybody. There are fun-filled family attractions, world-class sports fishing, white water river rafting, beautiful lakes, hiking and biking trails that lead to awe-inspiring vistas, spectacular golf vacations for all skill levels, and great festivals.
Chilliwack's complement of shopping and service establishments ensure that you have convenient access to everything that you desire to make your visit a success. Our downtown core reveals a delightful diversity of shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities. These complement newer commercial developments located throughout Chilliwack, boasting a selection of all the familiar big box department stores and malls.
Chilliwack has everything you need for a great vacation or a quick get-away, from fast paced excitement to peace and quiet.
Chilliwack's mild climate with limited extremes provides excellent growing conditions for a wide variety of crops and agricultural products. The average temperature is 1.6 degrees Celsius in January and 18 degrees Celsius in July. Precipitation falls mostly as rain, with limited snow for the most part, to the surrounding mountains. From 1971-2000, Chilliwack had the highest average of all daily temperatures in Canada and the city also experienced the warmest Spring temperatures in the country.
As Chilliwack is situated at the end of the Fraser Valley, it encounters higher than average rainfall for the area. Rain clouds funnel to the end of the valley and as they are pushed over the mountains, drop their cargo. Despite the region's reputation for rain, most of it falls in the rather extensive winter months. Summers are usually sunny and pleasant, with long days (light out until well after 10pm in June with dusk that lasts for hours), little rain, comfortable daytime temperatures, refreshing nights, and minimal humidity.
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