When it comes to looking for things to do in the summertime, I look no further than my own backyard. The Fraser Valley has some of the hottest spots and hidden gems for you to explore. From Museums to small mom and pop cafe’s you’ve never heard of. Here’s a list of fun things to check out and add to your bucket list for the family to enjoy!
1 – White Rock Beaches – If you are looking to spend the day exploring, picking up shells, visiting with crabs and digging your feet into the sand, White Rock has a variety of beaches for you to explore. The beach goes out for miles and the water is warm. Make sure you make a pit stop at Moby Dick’s, their fish and chips are to die for!
2 – Abbotsford Agrifair – Voted the best little country fair, the Abbotsford Agrifair is chalk full of entertainment for the whole family with midway rides, 4H shows, demolition derby, pigs that race, loggers to make you laugh. It’s a 3-day weekend party filled with family-fun you don’t want to miss.
3 – Harrison Hot Springs – Take a scenic drive on Hwy 7 through Mission into back road country territory on your way to one of the most nostalgic destinations in the Valley. Known for its amazing hot springs, of course, Harrison Lake offers boating, kayaking, ice cream parlors, and some fabulous restaurants, along with a swimming hole with a playground on the sandy beach where the kids can frolic.
4 – Hidden Gem (Hicks Lake) – Located inside Sasquatch Provincial Park, Hicks Lake is gorgeous and the drive through the beach front community just outside Harrison Hotsprings is contagious. You will love the short winding roads, the beautiful view until you reach the park where camping is affordable and the scenery breathtaking.
5 – Brodeur’s Bistro – A mixtures of New Orlean’s and Montreal cuisine, the food is amazing. Located 3550 Mt. Lehman Road open Monday to Friday with excellent patio seating, and a great selection of drinks, everything from the New Orlean’s ribs to the Shrimp Bayaou tastes amazing at Brodeur’s. Best of all you can order online!
6 – Highstreet – One of the largest outdoor strip malls, Highstreet has so many things to enjoy besides shopping. Though the shopping is pretty great. Stores such as Old Navy, Red 21, Sketchers and Urban Barn. Take in a VIP movie at the Cineplex, or enjoy something to eat Memphis Blues BBQ House. Always something going on from Swing Dance to Child Craft & Story Time. Highstreet is a place the whole family can get in on. Take exit 83 off Hwy 1 you can’t miss it.
7 – Fresh Fruits & Veggies – The Fraser Valley doesn’t fall short when it comes to fresh produce. Take a tour to Howard Wong Farms est in 1975 family owned and operated to pick up something green, or stop by Krause Berry Farm & Winery for something delightful to sip on. With the very large farming community, your options are endless.
8 – Hidden Gem (Cascade Falls & Suspension Bridge) – Located northeast of Mission, enjoy a majestic waterfall with epic scenery. Trails fit for the whole family, up a set of stairs toward the long suspension bridge. There are even some watering holes you can take an afternoon dip in. The park is dog and kid friendly. Bring you camera.
9 – Chipmunk Caves – Not for inexperienced hikers, the caves are something to see. Located off the Chilliwack Valley River, you have to park your car off Chilliwack Lake Road and then hike to the end. The Caves are a bit hidden of course and there is a foot bridge which if you go past means you have gone a bit too far. Hike in groups, bring equipment and be prepared.
10 – Hidden Gem (Othello Tunnels) – This one made my hidden gem list because of the natural beauty and scenescape of beautiful forestry and raging rapids combined with a long walk through history. Othello Tunnels consist of five tunnels and a series of bridges located in the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park. Over 100 years old, all ages will enjoy exploring and stopping to admire this magnificent gem that you should definitely add to your list.
11 – Cultus Lake Waterpark – Fun for the whole family, enjoy a day in the sun with some of the largest slides like a 75 foot drop slide, raging rapid family tube ride, pirates cove and so much more for kids.
12 – Cultus Lake Adventure Park – Right next to Cultus Lake Waterpark is another world filled with family fun and adventure. Mini golf, giant roller coaster, bumper boats, snacks, and goodies. You can spend all day at the park in the sun and have a blast. Fun for all ages.
So much to see, so much to do, here is more hidden gems and bucket list additions to add to your own list while visiting the Fraser Valley.
Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm
Aldor Acres Family Farm
Castle Fun ParkRocko’s DinerGreater Vancouver Zoo Tony’s PlaceChilliwack Corn Maze
Muddy Waters Cafe
Circle Farms tour
Lepp Farm Market
Duft & Co. Bakehouse
Mill Lake Splash Park and Picnic Area
Tracy Cake’s Bakery
Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery
Fraser River Safari Tours
Tuskast Viking Horse Riding Tours
Valley Wake Park
The list could honestly go on and on, but you get the idea and have lots of choices to make. So get out the sunscreen, pack a picnic for the park, get ready to take a scenic drive and explore the Valley.