Cultus Lake – The Cultus Lake Park Board wants to encourage weekday visits to the park from locals in the Chilliwack/Fraser Valley area and the Lower Mainland, as well as tourists from across the country and around the world.
Parking fees have been a recent flash point for the Park (Harrison Hot Springs has been going through a similar controversy).
The destination is very popular, especially on weekends and holidays in the summer months. Each summer, more than one million visitors come to the area – and that number continues to increase year over year. On weekends and holidays, there are often large crowds, traffic congestion and filled parking lots – all of which can result in visitor frustration. In response to this, the Board is looking to inspire visitors to come and check out the park during the week, and to help with this, they are offering special weekday parking rates.
The parking fees – in effect from the May long weekend to Labour Day – are:
- $3 per hour (max. two hours) and $10 per day Monday through Thursday (excluding holidays). These rates are also in effect seven days a week from Labour Day up to (but not including) the May long weekend.
- $5 per hour (max. two hours) and $15 per day Friday through Sunday, plus holidays.
- $100 Annual Parking Pass for residents of Chilliwack and Electoral Area H (proof of B.C. vehicle registration is required).
- $200 Annual Parking Pass – open to the general public.
- $50 Paddling Parking Pass – available to members of paddling groups, effective from April 1 – September 30, 2019 (not valid on Saturdays, Sundays or statutory holidays).
Said Cultus Lake Park Board Chair Joe Lamb: “Visiting Cultus Lake Park between Monday and Thursday means that there are less people, traffic is lighter, and there are more parking spots available. And now, special parking rates make it even more appealing!” He added: “We have also introduced an annual parking pass at a great price. We know that many families from Chilliwack, Electoral Area H and from all around the Lower Mainland come to enjoy the park, the lake, the fun family activities and the shops, cafés and restaurants many times over the summer. We want to provide these ‘regulars’ with special rates for the entire season. There is also a special parking pass for those who don’t live in the Chilliwack area, but come to the park regularly.”