Cultas Lake Provincial Park, Chilliwack

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<section begin=Lead /> Cultus Lake is a lake, associated community and provincial park in the Fraser Valley region of British Columbia, Canada. It is the source of the Sweltzer River. The lake itself is warm, and the area has become a popular recreation destination with ample opportunities for fishing, water skiing, wind surfing, and hiking. Cultus Lake is located 11km south of the Chilliwack River, near the city of Chilliwack and approximately 80km east of Vancouver. In 1950, Cultus Lake became a Provincial Park of British Columbia. Cultus Lake covers an area of 656 hectares, evenly on either side of the lake. At one time the lake had a sawmill and booming ground until it became a provincial park in the 1950s.<section end=Lead />HistoryCultus Lake has always been an important place for spirit quests of the Sto:lo people. However, it was named with the Chinook Jargon word meaning primarily bad, worthless, or good for nothing, though the same word can also mean free, without purpose, or simply nothing. The Cultus Lake water park was made in the 1980s.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Perfect spot for a summer time family camping trip. If going in peak season book early for sure! Fills up fast!  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This is one of our favourite lakes to go paddle boarding on there's a lot of power boats on the lake causing waves so it gives us a great workout. For more peaceful paddling you can go early in the mo...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    Being from Ontario, this lake reminded me of home. It is a beautiful lake and area with lots of spots to spend time. It was not overcrowded. Signage was very well done and parking was very convenient....  more »

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