East of Vancouver, three Fraser Valley parks make great family getaways. Choose from Golden Ears Provincial Park near Maple Ridge, Cultus Lake Provincial Park near Chilliwack, and Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park near Hope.
Explore a park from lake floor to mountain top at Golden Ears, one of BC's largest provincial parks. Set up camp at one of three campgrounds, hike rugged mountain trails, then cool off in scenic Alouette Lake. Swim, paddle, fish, waterski or try your hand at windsurfing.
Cool down by making a splash at Cultus Lake. Book a campsite or come for the day; swim in the park's namesake lake, or rent a boat and head out on the water. More entertainment abounds nearby, with a waterslide park, mini-golf course and go-cart track in the area.
Further east, explore the Othello Tunnels, five railway tunnels in the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park (open April to October). The tunnels, built into the canyon walls and linked by a series of bridges spanning the gorge, are part of the most expensive mile of rail bed ever built in North America. The Kettle Valley Railway is long gone, and the trails and bridges are now part of a hiking path through the park. On the way back through the town of Hope, stop at the Hope Visitor Centre and Museum to learn about the town’s history, from Aboriginal culture to Hollywood stars (the movie Rambo was filmed in Hope and in the tunnels).