Cheam Lake Wetlands - What To Do in Chilliwack
Cheam Lake Wetlands has three walking trails that wander throughout the different sections of this preserved wetlands to showcase its natural beauty, while ensuring a safe habitat for its forest, marsh and lake dwellers. Each trail is easily accessible and has minimal incline, making it a leisurely walk for the entire family.
To the left of the parking lot, the Loop Trail, currently full of autumn colours and featured in our photos, takes you along the lake and through the marshy areas where well-maintained bridges keep your feet dry and provide you with a view across the marsh which is set against our beautiful mountains. At a brisk pace, this walk took us about thirty minutes, which could amount to an hour for the little legs of curious children.
Two other trails are available near the portable washrooms and Cheam Lake Wetlands sign. Taking the trail straight will lead you over floating bridges to a viewing platform of the lake, while forking to trail on the right will take you through the forest and along the creek, making it aptly named the Creek Trail.
Located east of Chilliwack, in the Popkum area (location showed in the map below), Cheam Lake Wetlands is quoted to be “popular for walking, picnicking and bird watching and is home to many insect, mammal and bird species” on the FVRD website, and is part of the British Columbia Wildlife Watch. You can see the common and uncommon bird sightings and various wildlife by following this link to the BC Environments website.
Please note that as a restored habitat, no boats are allowed on the water of Cheam Lake Wetlands nor are any dogs permitted on site, on or off leash.