After our inaugural visit last year to the Cultus Lake WaterPark, our kids have determined that at least one visit is an essential component of our summer plans. If they had their way, our boys would move in the day school let out for the summer, and return home from the water park at the end of the summer.
NEW for 2018: Cultus Lake WaterPark has opened a new attraction for the youngest visitors: Tots Castle. The charming faux-sandcastle has a wading pool, and SIX tot-friendly slides with landing pads.
Cultus Lake WaterPark goes out of their way to make life easy for families:
- A large selection of excellent quality life jackets are available, for FREE, to all visitors. If you have a child who isn’t 100% confident in the water, slap a red PFD on them.
- Little kids can go down almost all of the slides WITH their parents (there are very helpful measurement guides at the base of every slide clearly explaining height requirements for sliding alone or sliding with a parent)
- Be it wading pools, water spray parks, or an insane pirate-themed water-dumping jungle gym, there is ample entertainment for those either needing a break from sliding or kids who are a bit too young to partake in the big slides. Don’t miss out on the stunning Tots Castle added for summer 2018.
- You can rent anything you forgot: beach umbrella, BBQ, shorts, towel, and lounge chair
- You can rent a locker to store all your valuables ($5 rental plus $5 deposit)
- You can bring in your own food and drinks (as long as the drinks are in sealed containers and don’t contain alcohol). Alternatively you can bring in your own EMPTY water bottle and use one of the re-filling stations.
- If you want to skip dragging food with you there are a number of food venues on site: burgers, pizza, fish-n-chips, ice cream and more.
- Scattered throughout the water park are dozens upon dozens of picnic tables. The majority of them are under tents. The tents are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. I especially appreciated the fact that the tables are numbered. We were able to instruct our boys that if we got separated table 140 was our home base
Here are a few tips to help make your day at the Cultus Lake WaterPark even more successful:
- Put on the sunscreen at home (not only will it give the sunscreen time to soak in, you won’t be stuck trying to smear sunscreen a wiggly-excited kid at the base of a waterslide)
- Arrive EARLY! The gates open at 10am and the crowds are very minimal until noon (at least that was the case on the Tuesday we visited)
- If possible, visit mid-week. Fridays through Mondays are the busiest days
- By arriving early you will have no trouble securing a covered picnic table. I highly recommend the tables at the base of the slides. They are in the middle of where you will be spending your day walking
- Bring your own food; its a great way to save a few pennies. Gotta love a venue that actually helps families with expenses – and dietary restrictions – by allowing outside food.
- Go on the slides that have the tubes/mats first. After you’ve had your fill on those rides move over to the body-sliding rides. The tube-rides get very busy as the day wears on, so it is best to take advantage of the short lines at the start of the day.
The 11 main slides vary greatly from one another and offer thrills to satisfy all types of daredevils. My 9 year old’s favourite ride was the Zero-60 Raceway (face-first down a massive bumpy slide racing against your friends and family). Our 7 year old thought the Rattler was awesome (this chicken-mama thought sliding down a completely enclosed and therefore pitch-black slide was madness). My husband loved the Radical Rapids. And my top pick was the Colossal Canyon (I loved that our whole family could go on a ride together).
The day we visited the temperatures soared to 34 degrees, and we were gleefully unaware of the ridiculous heat. The cool breeze off Cultus Lake combined with the refreshingly cool water from the slides, kept everyone in great spirits all day long. Before we even made it to the parking lot our kids were already peppering us with requests to return very soon. Guaranteed fun awaits families at the Cultus Lake WaterPark.
Cultus Lake WaterPark:
When: June 2 – September 3, 2018
Time: 10am – 6:30pm
Address: 4150 Columbia Valley Highway, Chilliwack
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.