Vedder River Campground and Summer Fun, British Columbia
For the third year in a row, my family and I have been camping at the Vedder River Campground, located in Chilliwack, BC. Just under an hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver, it is the perfect long weekend getaway, close yet not too close. Situated along the Vedder River, it offers an array of various activities for the whole family. The campsite does get busy during the summer months, especially around the long weekends, therefore we make sure to book ahead of time. There are a few families that we know that come to this campsite, and it is the perfect place for us to forget about our daily routines in the city and sit back and relax by the fire.
During the hot summer days, just steps away from the campsite is the river, a perfect cooling spot in the clean but fast flowing waters. After breakfast my family and I would go down the river with the floaties and inflatable boats. My kids love to go down the lazy river, although we always keep an eye on them as most of the river keeps a steady flow, but some parts of the river move more rapidly and vigorously.
After a full day by the water we would head back to the campsite and start preparing dinner. Often times it would be something prepared on the Barbeque with lots of fresh salads and veggies on the side. The kids play at the Vedder River playground, keeping busy making new friends and bike riding within the enclosed campsite area. For a leisurely walk after dinner, or an easy bike-ride, we would take the bikes onto the Vedder South or North Dyke Trail that extend 7km, starting from the Vedder River Campground. Surrounded by local mountains such as Mount Cheam and Elk Mountain, Chilliwack offers picturesque views and beautiful sceneries that include wild flowers, turquoise lakes and valley views. Kids oftentimes like to visit the nearby farms to see horses and cattle feasting on hay, and pick blackberries along the way.
Local blueberry and strawberry farms offer berries for sale, and conveniently there is a stand located walking distance from the campsite. We would get some freshly picked berries and make a refreshing summer berry milkshake with vanilla ice-cream as a treat. Before we head back to the city, we would buy a few flats of delicious sweet berries and make pies at home or freeze them for smoothies.
Whenever we go somewhere I encourage my family to explore local hidden spots and go for hikes to see lakes, views and waterfalls. It is a way for us to connect without the internet
connection that we seem to depend on in our everyday lives. And when we need a little more than just a hike, we would endeavour on longer adventures to see the Bridal Veil Falls, which are only a 15min drive from here. I have yet to take my family to see the beautiful Lindeman Lake with turquoise blue waters which is about a 40 min drive from here. A less than 3-hour hike that the whole family can do, and once there, have a picnic by the breathtaking waters surrounded by mountains. Some parts of the trail are rockier, therefore being prepared with proper footwear and lots of water and snacks will make for a more comfortable experience.
During the early fall months, fishing becomes a popular activity along the river, as fishermen gather to catch Coho, chum, pink and sockeye salmon. My daughter loves fishing along the river, and the expression on her face once she catches a fish is priceless.
With many activities to choose from, Chilliwack and surrounding areas offer many activities and attractions for the whole family to enjoy. During the summer months it is a great place for making memories, having fun and enjoying the outdoors.
Published: August 11th, 2016
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