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SUMMER FUN

CULTUS LAKE Bring Out Your Inner Child by Andrea Vance (with contributions from Christine, Olivia, Ryan, Andie and Maddie) Driving into the Cultus Lake area through the trees and winding roads, I’m taken back - way back to when I was a kid. Growing up in the Greater Vancouver area, Cultus Lake was a big part of our summer adventures: camping, swimming, and exploring the outdoors. It was one of my favourite places to visit, and it was our family’s top summer spot, where we would visit with the truck and camper or camper van for so many years throughout my childhood. One of my favourite stops has always been the main beach of Cultus Lake, and of course the waterslides. As a teen, my friends and I made the trek out from Abbotsford, Cloverdale and Vancouver to slide down the Freefall waterslide, or take a turn on the tube rides. As I drive in now with my own children, I am happy to see that the Cultus Lake recreational area remains nearly as it was when i was a child, with no large hotels or condos. The biggest differences that I notice are the new large traffic circle, the upgrades to the Cultus Lake Waterpark, and the addition of the new Cultus Lake Adventure Park - all welcome changes to a childhood classic! The trek from Tsawwassen was just over an hour’s drive. Not bad considering we’ve been transported to a gorgeous mountain lake, surrounded by forest and beach. The waterpark opens at 10am, so we made a plan to beat the traffic and arrive early. The beauty of this area is that you can park once, and walk everywhere. Since the waterpark was our main destination, we parked our car in that lot, left some of our goods in the trunk, and walked to the nearby Cultus Café for a really good cappuccino and breakfast sandwich. We head back to the park at about 9:45am to stand in the short lineup, and can’t wait to start our day. Getting there early means that we can hit all of the rides with very little lineups before the big crowds arrive on this really hot sunny day in June. When we do walk through the gates, I’m

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struck by the number of lifeguards on duty, an unlike some public pools, they’re really on guard. From outside the gate we had witnessed their morning meeting and warm up, so I enter feeling confident that the kids will be well taken care of today on their water adventures. Three hours of sliding and splashing, and we’ve hit pretty much every slide. The favourites: the Boomerang, hands-down, but the Speed Slide (that we’ve nicknamed Caterpillar) is a close second. Colossal Canyon was the best family ride (but parents be

warned, you may go into hysterics watching the terrorized look on your kids’ faces on this one!). The Bazooka is really good if you want to feel like you’re being flushed down a giant toilet bowl, and the Valley of Fear is definitely not for the faint of heart. The waterslides cater to toddlers and cowards too, with rides like the Adventure River, Family Spray Park, and the brand new Tots Castle - all really popular for little ones. But for our crew, Pirates Cove was so much fun with sprays, water buckets, climbing and more. We loved that you could take your own snacks

WestCoast Families July|August 2018  

The July|August Summer 2018 issue of WestCoast Families magazine, featuring Summer Fun, Kids with Special Needs, Back to Work, and Travel &...

WestCoast Families July|August 2018  

The July|August Summer 2018 issue of WestCoast Families magazine, featuring Summer Fun, Kids with Special Needs, Back to Work, and Travel &...

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