Cultus Lake, 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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  • July 10, 2017
    We spent a couple of days in this community and loved the resort town feel and the many provincial parks that surround it. We will come here for a longer period of time one of these days.  more »
  • June 29, 2017
    Cultus Lake is a nice place to escape for the day on a sunny day. Pack a lunch and grab a picnic table to eat with views of the lake surrounding you as you eat. Plenty of parking and bathrooms on sigh...  more »
  • June 16, 2017
    This lake has some amazingly clear water for swimming, sand beaches, hiking, attractions, boating. I really enjoyed Cultus Lake! There's no end of things to do. Amusement parks, water slides, mini gol...  more »

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