In the heart of Mighty Fraser Country is the community of Bridal Falls, nestled on the floor of the Fraser Valley at the foot of the 2107-meter Mount Cheam.
The Fraser River Valley is truly one of the most picturesque areas of beautiful British Columbia, and for those travelling the Trans-Canada Highway through the Fraser Valley, a popular attraction near Bridal Falls is Bridal Veil Falls. The beautiful falls in Bridal Falls Provincial Park drop over 400 feet to the valley floor, flowing into Bridal Creek and under the highway to Cheam Lake Wetlands.
Other attractions near Bridal Falls include the dinosaur theme park of Dinotown, Trans Canada Water Slides, and Bridal Falls Bumper Boats.
Location: Bridal Falls is located on the south side of the Fraser River in the Fraser Valley, just 62 miles (100 km) east of Vancouver (90 minutes) and 10 miles (16 km) east of Chilliwack. Take Exit 135 eastbound on the Trans-Canada Highway 1, or Exit 138 westbound.
Golf: Golfers have two courses to choose from in Bridal Falls; The Falls Golf and Country Club, a dramatic 18-hole, par-71 championship course with panoramic views of the Fraser Valley, Mount Cheam and the Coast Mountain Range, and the attractive 9-hole Mountain Brook Golf Course set in a natural forest at the base of Cheam Mountain. Golf Vacations in British Columbia.
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park is a scenic day-use area where visitors can enjoy picnicking, hiking, and viewing the spectacular Bridal Veil Falls, the sixth-highest waterfall in Canada, which tumbles almost 400 feet (122 metres) over a smooth rock face, creating a “veil-like” effect.
Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park, 10 miles (15 km) east of Chilliwack, encompasses about 93 hectares (250 acres) with almost half being lake and marsh. The original lake was drained in the 1950s during the process of mining mari from the bottom sediments. To restore the habitat, Ducks Unlimited and Fisheries and Oceans built a water control structure with a fish ladder in 1992 to allow the lake to reflood and create valuable wetland habitat. Wildlife viewing, hiking and day picnics are popular, but boats or flotation devices are not permitted on the lake.
Bridal Falls Travel Centre on Bridal Falls Road in Rosedale offers campsites and an RV park, and facilities which include a mineral museum, restauarant, food store, gas bar, and two gift shops catering to travellers.
Paragliding: Bridal Falls is a world famous hanggliding and paragliding site that is not only flyable but also soarable just about every fair weather day in the summer. There are multiple landing zones and two well-groomed launches: an upper and a lower, both of which require access by four-wheel-drive vehicles. The Lower Launch is only 20 minutes from Highway 1. It is well groomed and is WNW facing at 2,500′ (750 m) ASL and is mainly used by paragliders. This launch is not recommended for new pilots due to cross winds normally experienced. Swirling winds at this site make it difficult to launch safely. Be cautious and please contact local pilots before flying. Nonetheless, it is possible to launch from here, bench up to the Upper Launch at 5,000′, top land, launch again, top land on lower launch and drive down. A very unique site. Views of the Coast Mountains and the beautiful Fraser Valley with its quilted pastures and snow capped mountains glowing in the fading light of the setting sun are breathtaking. Bridal Falls is suitable for both hanggliders and paragliders, and is flyable on almost every day during the summer. The flying season runs from early June to mid September.
To access the Bridal Falls flying site, travel east on Chilliwack Lake Road from Vedder Crossing due south of Sardis. Turn north up the Chipmunk Creek road, left over Chipmunk Creek and then take the first west fork. Near the summit, take the right fork and then turn south at the ridge top to the launch site. Hanggliding & Paragliding in the Fraser Valley.
North of Bridal Falls is the picturesque agricultural community of Agassiz, set in a friendly country atmosphere at the junction of Highways 7 and 9.
Further north is Harrison Hot Springs, a getaway of choice for coastal urbanites. Considered the Jewel of the Fraser Valley, Harrison Hot Springs is nestled amongst the Coastal Mountains on the southern shore of the 75 km long Harrison Lake.
Southwest of Bridal Falls is the town of Chilliwack, set amongst some of Canada’s richest farmland. Chilliwack is named The City of Festivals, and is one of the largest communities in the Fraser Valley.
Circle Tours: See the best of the area on a driving Circle Tour. Head north out of Vancouver for the scenic Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island Circle Tour, or stay on the intensely scenic Sea to Sky Highway, passing through the magical winter resort town of Whistler and Coast Mountains Circle Tour. To explore the rural farmlands and forests of the fertile Fraser Valley, take the Fraser Valley Circle Tour, travelling outbound on the scenic route north of the historic Fraser River, returning westwards along the Trans Canada Highway 1 to Vancouver. Circle Tours in British Columbia.