TCT signage usually indicates the official declaration of useable trail:
required using these trails as they are being upgraded. Expect detours
where there is trail construction in progress..
Pedestrian/Cycling/Equestrian Trail (West to East)
(Also wheelchairs capable of using
unpaved paths and unafraid to use sides of roads)
Rotary Vedder River Trail
From the Keith Wilson Bridge
and having crossed the Vedder River to the east side, continue heading eastward
by going under the bridge from the bridge sidewalk. The route follows dikes and
trails along the Vedder River up to Vedder Crossing at the bridge on
Vedder Mountain Road. Drop onto a trail at the
gravel storage site soon after the Keith Wilson Bridge. At the section
between two successive bridges, it is a short trip to the Blue Heron
interpretive centre, 500 metres north of the trail. On the east
side of the railroad and just past the Lickman parking area stands
another TCT Trail Marker (pavilion). This is kilometre 0
between this pavilion and the one in Hope 100 km later. Continue on this trail to the Vedder Bridge.
There is access to the dike at Keith Wilson Bridge, Sumas Prairie Rd.
Lickman Rd., Peach Rd., and Vedder Crossing.
Fishermen often dot the
shores of the Vedder River while trekkers are treated to vistas of
farmland and mountains, a blue heron rookery called The Great Blue Heron
Reserve and the Rotary Interpretive Center, and many interpretive
markers along the way. The trail is generally hard-packed gravel and
flat, allowing many user groups, including wheelchairs, to take
advantage of this section. Washroom facilities are located at several
locations on the trail. Along the trail there are the
former Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack, the Vedder Crossing Sardis
Communities, and the
First Nation, a member of the Stö:ló.
The connection from the
Vedder Bridge Crossing to
Cultus Lake Park
involves regular heavy road traffic at this time. This
bridge crosses the Chilliwack River where it meets the Vedder River. For now continue westward on Vedder Mountain Road (0.7 km) and turn south, uphill, on Cultus lake
Road, 1.6 km. At the Cultus Lake Park sign take a forested trail and
admire large western cedars and douglas firs as you progress to the Sweltzer Creek
fisheries headquarters, 0.85 km.
From here continue to follow Trans
Canada Trail signs to the lake shore.
Walkers cross to the
opposite side of the road from the fisheries buildings staying on the
west side of Sweltzer Creek and take Lake Shore Drive leading to a parking lot.
You may want to go over to the Cultus Lake kiosk to orient yourself
before heading to the parking lot. At the southeast corner of the
parking lot, cross over a small bridge crossing Sweltzer Creek to the
edge of Cultus Lake, a
highly popular beach. Follow the shoreline to the boat
launch. Turn north to Park Drive. Cyclists using the beach trail
are asked to walk their bikes whenever they pass pedestrians. (Equestrians need to
stay on Columbia Valley Highway, turn right along Sunnyside Boulevard
then turn left on Mountain View until it joins up with Park Drive and
the main TCT.) At the end of Park Drive pick up a trail besides a chain
link fence that heads towards the
Columbia Valley Highway. Just before reaching the highway follow a
trail west parallel to it and take the first short trail to your right
that appears to be heading for a pub across the main road. Cross the road to the right of
the pub and
continue on a trail heading up the hill to Elizabeth Road. Follow it
through a residential cul-de-sac to Vance Road. From here turn right on
Vance going uphill on the active Liumchen Forest Service Road (FSR).
This is the Liumchen Trai section of the Trans Canada Trail.
Cultus Lake Park and Cultus Lake Provincial Park are
located in a beautiful mountain setting that attract thousands of people
every summer. They offer all the amenities associated with a summer
First Nation, a member of the Stö:ló, also make this area
their home. This is the last
chance to buy supplies before heading up the valley.
|Rotary Vedder River Trail (Keith
Wilson Bridge to Vedder Bridge)
Keith Wilson Bridge to Sumas
Prairie - 2.4 km
Sumas Prairie to rail tracks - 1.4 km
Rail tracks to Lickman - 1.7 km
Lickman to Peach Road - 1.3 km
Peach Road to Vedder Crossing - l.7 km
|Connector to Cultus Lake Park
No significant elevation change on
the Rotary Vedder River Trail. There is a change of 50 metres (165 ft.)
on the Cultus Lake Road.
Facilities and Staging areas (Parking)
Along the Rotary Vedder River Trail:
at the foot of Sumas Prairie Road, Lickman Road, Peach Road, and Vedder
Road (CFB Chilliwack).
Cultus Lake Park at the
beach and campground neighbour to the boat launch.
Camping is plentiful at Cultus Lake
Park. There are also many camping spots in the
Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, other
In Chilliwack Centre
There are all kind of shops and
restaurants along Vedder Road. Crossing the Trans Canada Highway
northward continuing on Vedder Road to Old Yale road takes one in the
older sections of Chilliwack.
There are restaurants and
grocery provisions at Cultus Lake Village.
Recreation and Accommodation,
Cultus Lake Provincial Park