If you’re anything like me, the idea of finding that perfect resort getaway is always on the radar. That’s why I headed to Cultus Lake in British Columbia, a place I’ve come to know quite well over my several visits. Cultus Lake is a peaceful spot with sparkling waters and tranquil forests tucked away in the Fraser Valley.
I’ve stayed at quite a few of the local resorts, each with its charm. Cultus Lake has everything from family-friendly spots where the kids can run free to quiet nooks perfect for a couple’s retreat. In this article, I will take you through some of the best resorts I’ve enjoyed staying in.
Best Cultus Lake Resorts
I’ve graded the resorts based on several factors close to any traveller’s heart. This includes their location, the overall ambience, the dining experiences they offer, the range of amenities, the quality of service, and, importantly, what other guests have said. I’m also throwing in my experiences and thoughts of what it’s like to stay there.
Ocean Promenade Hotel
Source: Ocean Promenade Hotel
Ocean Promenade Hotel’s location is its biggest draw – it’s just a stone’s throw away from the peaceful lakeside, offering easy access to the lake. It exudes a contemporary charm blended with a warm, welcoming vibe.
The room I stayed in was a delightful surprise. Spacious and elegantly furnished, it offered a comfortable king-sized bed, a modern en-suite bathroom, and a private balcony with a breathtaking lake view.
Dining at the Ocean Promenade was a culinary journey. The hotel boasts an on-site restaurant, ‘Finlay’s East Beach Cafe”, which serves various delicious local and international dishes. The highlight of my dining experience was the fresh, locally sourced seafood – an authentic taste of British Columbia. A remarkable thing about my suite was that it came with a kitchen. Having the option to whip up a quick meal or snack in my own space was super convenient.
The hotel’s amenities added an extra layer of comfort to my stay. The fitness centre, though compact, was well-equipped for a quick workout. I particularly enjoyed the spa services – the massage I had was rejuvenating. The hotel also provides complimentary Wi-Fi, which was reliable throughout my stay, and a business centre, which I found handy for checking emails.
The service at Ocean Promenade Hotel genuinely stood out. Every staff member I met with was friendly and knowledgeable. I glanced through guest reviews before booking and noticed consistent praise for the hotel’s location and cleanliness. After my stay, I can affirm that these reviews were spot-on. The hotel maintains high standards.
One thing to note about the Ocean Promenade Hotel is its proximity to train tracks. During my stay, I noticed the occasional rumble of trains passing by. It’s something to remember if you’re a light sleeper or not used to the sound of trains.
Vedder River Inn
Source: Vedder River Inn
I recently stayed at Vedder River Inn in Chilliwack’s scenic Fraser Valley. It’s a peaceful spot, blending nature’s beauty with the convenience of city amenities just minutes away. The environment here reminded me of the Alpine chalets in Europe, offering a serene, rustic setting.
The Inn offers rooms and suites suitable for various needs – from a weekend getaway to longer family vacations or monthly stays. I found the rooms spacious during my visit, catering to comfort and business needs. My room had a cosy, welcoming vibe, with all the amenities for a comfortable stay.
While Vedder River Inn doesn’t have on-site restaurants, its location in Chilliwack means plenty of dining options are nearby. I enjoyed exploring local eateries, each offering a unique regional taste. The variety of restaurants, pubs, and cafes within a short distance added to the convenience of my stay. Plus, the inclusion of a small kitchenette in the Inn was a handy addition, allowing for the flexibility of preparing simple meals or snacks right in my room.
Although the Inn focuses more on providing a comfortable resting place, the surrounding area is rich with activities and attractions. The proximity to Cultus Lake was perfect for outdoor enthusiasts like me, offering opportunities for hiking, boating, and exploring the natural beauty of British Columbia.
The staff at Vedder River Inn were friendly and helpful, contributing significantly to the pleasant atmosphere of my stay. They were knowledgeable about the local area and eager to offer recommendations for dining and activities. Considering its comfort and great location, Vedder River Inn is a great deal, especially if you’re looking for a place close to nature.
One thing to note about my stay at Vedder River Inn is that all the rooms are non-smoking. They do have a designated smoking area on site. But if you prefer the convenience of smoking closer to your room, this might be something to think about.
Thousand Trails Cultus Lake
Source: Thousand Trails Cultus Lake
When I arrived at Thousand Trails Cultus Lake, I knew I was in for a fantastic experience. The resort is near the tranquil Cultus Lake in British Columbia, and its picturesque location is surrounded by lush greenery. Additionally, the lake is just a short walk away, making it easily accessible from the resort. Overall, it’s a breathtaking place to be.
Staying in one of their cabins was a delightful experience. The cabin, a charming blend of rustic and modern, offered all the comforts of home. It was well-appointed with cosy furnishings, a fully equipped kitchen, and a private deck that opened up to stunning views of the surrounding nature.
While Thousand Trails has no restaurants, the cabin’s kitchen meant I could easily prepare meals. Plus, the resort’s proximity to Cultus Lake meant there were plenty of local dining options just a short drive away. I particularly enjoyed the fresh, locally sourced meals at a nearby lakeside restaurant.
The amenities at Thousand Trails added extra enjoyment to my stay. I loved the outdoor pool – clean and well-maintained. The resort also offered recreational activities like bike rentals and hiking trails, perfect for exploring the scenic surroundings. There were playgrounds and organised activities for kids and families, which seemed like a hit with the younger guests.
Before booking, I glanced at guest reviews, which largely praised the resort’s beautiful location, cleanliness, and family-friendly atmosphere. Post-visit, I agree with these sentiments. As for value for money, considering the amenities, location, and overall experience, it is a fair deal.
At Thousand Trails Cultus Lake, I found more activity than expected on my first day. As an RV campsite, many people were around, some with open alcohol, creating a lively atmosphere that contrasted my peaceful retreat.
Hampton Inn by Hilton Chilliwack
Source: Hampton Inn by Hilton Chilliwack
My stay at the Hampton Inn by Hilton Chilliwack, just a 20-minute drive from Cultus Lake, was a pleasant surprise. The hotel is conveniently located, making exploring the lake and the local Chilliwack area easy.
The rooms at the Hampton Inn were comfortable and well-appointed, providing a cosy and relaxing environment after a day of exploring. My room had all the standard amenities for a pleasant stay.
One of the highlights of my stay was the complimentary hot breakfast offered by the hotel. It was a great way to start the day, and for those mornings when I was in a hurry, the Hampton On the Run Breakfast Bags, available Monday to Friday, were a convenient and healthy option.
The hotel provided several amenities that added value to my stay. The free parking and high-speed internet were convenient, and the pool and fitness centre were great for relaxation and staying active. The business centre and conference facilities were also handy for those travelling for work.
Throughout my stay, the service was friendly and efficient. The staff were attentive and helpful, contributing significantly to the enjoyable and comfortable experience at the hotel. Considering the location, amenities, service, and overall comfort, I found the Hampton Inn by Hilton Chilliwack to offer good value for money.
I found the room lighting dim during my stay at the Hampton Inn by Hilton Chilliwack. This made certain activities like reading or working a bit difficult. A brighter lighting setup would have been more suitable for my needs.
Coast Chilliwack Hotel by APA
Source: Coast Chilliwack Hotel by APA
Nestled in downtown Chilliwack, the Coast Chilliwack Hotel by APA offers a beautiful blend of nature and urban convenience. This fully renovated hotel is close to local attractions like Bridal Veil Falls and Vedder River Rotary Trail, making it a prime spot for those who love nature.
The rooms at Coast Chilliwack Hotel are contemporary and well-appointed. My room featured a 55″ flat-screen TV and comfortable, triple-sheeted bedding. Origami cranes added a touch of elegance and a connection to APA Hotel’s Japanese roots. The rooms are not only stylish but also offer comfort and high-quality amenities.
For dining, Prestons Restaurant + Lounge at the hotel serves delicious Canadian comfort food. I particularly enjoyed the breakfast buffet. The restaurant’s pondside patio offers remarkable views of Fraser Valley, making it a delightful dining experience.
The hotel offers several amenities, including pet-friendly accommodations, an indoor pool, and charging stations for electric vehicles. The fitness centre, hot tub, and sauna are great for relaxation. The hotel’s commitment to eco-friendly practices under its Refreshingly Green™ program is commendable and aligns with the beautiful surroundings of British Columbia.
The service at Coast Chilliwack Hotel by APA was outstanding. When I checked in, the staff were warm and welcoming, always ready to assist with any requests. Their attention to detail and eagerness to ensure a pleasant stay made a significant difference.
During my stay at the Coast Chilliwack Hotel by APA, I noticed that the walls and floors seemed thin. This meant I could hear noises from adjoining rooms and corridors more than expected, which was sometimes disruptive.
Maple Bay Cabins
Source: Maple Bay Cabins
I had a great time at Maple Bay Cabins, close to the lovely Cultus Lake. It’s a quiet, peaceful place, hidden away in the woods of British Columbia, but still easy to get to. Being near Cultus Lake is nice, especially if you like being by the water and enjoying nature.
The cabins at Maple Bay are a dream for anyone seeking a rustic yet comfortable experience. My cabin was beautifully constructed with wood, giving it a charming, earthy feel. It included a cosy living area, a well-equipped kitchen, and a comfortable bedroom with soft bedding. The highlight for me was the private deck, where I enjoyed my morning coffee surrounded by nature.
Maple Bay Cabins doesn’t have a restaurant, but the cabin’s kitchen meant I could prepare my meals, adding a nice, personal touch to my stay. Cultus Lake’s local restaurants were a short drive away, providing a range of dining choices for nights when I wanted to avoid cooking.
The amenities at Maple Bay focus on enhancing the natural experience. There’s no pool or gym, but the nature trails and proximity to Cultus Lake more than makeup for it. I spent my days hiking and enjoying water activities on the lake.
The staff at Maple Bay were friendly and helpful. They were knowledgeable about the area and provided great tips on making the most of my stay. Looking through guest reviews before my trip, I noticed a trend of positive comments about the cabins’ charm and the beautiful location. In terms of value for money, considering the unique, rustic experience and the location’s beauty, I found Maple Bay Cabins to offer a good deal.
During my stay at Maple Bay Cabins, I noticed that most cabins don’t face the lake. Luckily, I managed to get one with a lake view, but it’s something to double-check when you book.
Fraser River Lodge
Source: Fraser River Lodge
My time at Fraser River Lodge, just a bit away from Cultus Lake, was like stepping into a postcard. Located right by the stunning Fraser River and surrounded by the beautiful nature of British Columbia, the lodge’s spot is extraordinary. The peaceful river and amazing mountain views create a calm, almost dreamlike setting.
The lodge’s rooms were a delightful blend of rustic charm and modern comfort. I stayed in a room that offered a stunning view of the river, a treat to wake up to each morning. The room was spacious and elegantly furnished.
Dining at the lodge was an experience in itself. The on-site restaurant served various exquisite dishes focusing on local and seasonal ingredients. The highlight of my dining experience was the fresh, locally sourced seafood and game prepared perfectly. The restaurant’s ambience, with its rustic decor and warm lighting, complemented the overall dining experience.
Fraser River Lodge offers a range of amenities and activities that enhanced my stay. The lodge organises fishing trips– a must-try for any visitor – the Fraser River is known for its rich fish populations. The lodge has a well-maintained outdoor area, perfect for an evening stroll or to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding the property.
The staff were welcoming and attentive from the moment I arrived, going above and beyond to ensure my stay was comfortable. Before my visit, I read reviews praising the lodge for its stunning location, exceptional dining, and friendly staff. My experience echoed these sentiments.
One thing I found a bit limiting at Fraser River Lodge was their policy on alcohol. You’re not allowed to drink in the rooms or bring your own from outside. You have to buy whatever they serve. This was a bit of a surprise and something to keep in mind if you enjoy having your own choice of drinks during your stay.
Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre
I recently stayed at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre near local attractions like Castle Fun Park and family-friendly spots.
The Clarion offers 116 tastefully decorated rooms and suites, all newly renovated. My room was comfortable and well-furnished, providing everything I needed during my stay in Abbotsford. The pet-friendly policy was a bonus, allowing me to bring along my furry friend without hassle.
Attached to the hotel is the White Spot restaurant, accessible both from the outside and the hotel’s second floor. The restaurant offers a range of meals, and as a hotel guest, I enjoyed a meal discount. The food quality at White Spot was outstanding, though the prices were higher.
The hotel’s amenities, including free parking, high-speed internet, a pool, and a fitness centre, added convenience to my stay. The business centre and conference facilities were also impressive, catering to various business needs. The indoor pool was also a relaxing spot to unwind after a busy day.
The service at the Clarion Hotel was impressive. The staff were friendly and attentive and went out of their way to ensure my stay was comfortable and enjoyable. Their professionalism and hospitality greatly enhanced my experience at the hotel.
During my stay at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre, I noticed that my room, at the front of the hotel, faced the highway. This meant a bit of noise throughout the night, which was slightly disruptive for me. If you’re sensitive to noise, it’s something to remember when booking a room here.
Harrison Hammond House Farmstay
Source: Harrison Hammond House Farmstay
I recently stayed at Harrison Hammond House Farmstay, a charming retreat in the countryside near Cultus Lake, British Columbia. The farm stay is set on 25 secluded acres, surrounded by coastal mountains, just an hour and a half from downtown Vancouver. The area offers beautiful surroundings and a rustic ambience, providing a genuine farm stay experience.
The rooms at Harrison Hammond House are designed to provide comfort and ease. My room featured a convenient kitchenette, which allowed me the flexibility to prepare simple meals. The rooms are non-smoking and include suites catering to different preferences and needs.
The farm stay does not have an on-site restaurant, but they provide a complimentary breakfast using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, often from the farm. The breakfasts are hearty and delicious, showcasing the best of local produce.
The property offers several amenities to enhance the stay. Free parking was convenient, especially for those arriving by vehicle. The availability of high-speed internet ensured I was always connected. A hot tub added a touch of luxury, perfect for relaxing after a day exploring the area. The B&B is also pet-friendly, which is great for travellers like me who often travel with their dogs.
The service at Harrison Hammond House was exceptional. The staff were friendly and attentive, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Based on guest reviews, Harrison Hammond House is highly regarded for its location, cleanliness, service, and overall value. These aspects resonated with my experience, as the B&B perfectly balanced comfort and rustic charm.
The water pressure was relatively slow during my stay at Harrison Hammond House. This was particularly evident when taking a shower or using the sink. It’s something to remember if you’re accustomed to quick showers.
Rowena’s Inn On The River
Source: Rowena’s Inn On The River
Rowena’s Inn on the River, located in Harrison Mills, offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern convenience. The 1920s colonial estate inn sits on a secluded 160-acre property facing the Harrison River. The resort’s ambience, combining European elegance with rustic charm, is truly captivating.
The Inn has two distinct accommodations: the main Inn with a 1920s colonial feel and the rustic classic cottages and nature luxury series cabins. I stayed in one of the cabins, which featured a jacuzzi tub, heated floors, and a wood-burning fireplace, making for a cosy and intimate experience.
During my stay at Rowena’s Inn, I had the chance to enjoy their Fireside Theme Dining, which is a unique culinary experience with a wood-burning fireplace. However, this dining option is only available during certain special events. For everyday meals, I dined at the Clubhouse Restaurant, which is open all year and serves a wide range of dishes.
The property offers free parking and high-speed internet, which are very convenient. I also enjoyed their outdoor pool and the access to the golf course. The inclusion of pet-friendly accommodations was a welcome feature. The Inn also has conference facilities and a banquet room catering to leisure and business needs.
The service at Rowena’s Inn was exceptional. From the moment I arrived, the staff were welcoming and attentive. Based on guest reviews, Rowena’s Inn is highly regarded for its unique location, cleanliness, excellent service, and overall value. These aspects resonated with my experience: perfectly balanced comfort and rustic elegance.
While staying at Rowena’s Inn On The River, I noticed that the furniture, while charming, appeared quite old and could benefit from a thorough cleaning. This aspect somewhat affected the overall comfort of my room.
After visiting several resorts around Cultus Lake, I’ve seen a bit of everything. Each spot has its vibe, from cosy places like Harrison Hammond House to the stylish Rowena’s Inn and the well-equipped Coast Chilliwack Hotel.
Whether you’re into quiet countryside stays or fancy somewhere with many amenities, there’s a place for you here. Exploring these resorts showed me how diverse and fitting they can be for different trips to Cultus Lake.