So we just got home from another pretty good staycation…especially since Cultus Lake is a mere 45-50 minute drive from Langley. This would have been an excellent staycation had it NOT been for the TERRIBLE campground we stayed in, but more about that in a bit….
Cultus Lake is nestled in the Fraser Valley just south of Chillwack near Sardis. The lake itself is gorgeous – with cute little beaches, a playground and concession, lots of docks to jump off of and plenty of shade, which was a necessity on this past 35+ degree weekend. Being that it was only the first real weekend of the summer the lake was actually a decent temperature..I would prefer it a few degrees warmer, but it was definitely swimmable and we had a great day in town.
The rest of the “town” is built for tourists…mostly ice cream parlours, a great mini golf course, and the real money maker…Cultus Lake Waterslides (ed note: the owners live around the corner from us in Langley is a total mini-mansion so I presume they do fairly well each year!). The waterslides have good variety for kids of all heights, ages and bravery levels – be sure to pack some shade with you and plenty to eat and drink (although there is food on site).
Normally when we camp, I love the actual experience of being at the campsite, hanging out in the “wilderness” (with full hook ups) and having the kids romp with new friends. However, the Vedder River Campsite was like literally camping in a parking lot. The RV sites were so close together that you could barely fit a picnic table between them. There was little in the way of trees or wilderness for that matter and like zero privacy. We actually bailed out one night early for fear of what might happen the next morning when 150+ RV’s all try to pull out at once. But despite the crappy campsite the weekend was not a bust and I highly recommend a visit to Cultus Lake to everyone!