Visitors say hello to a miniature donkey during a past Ryder Lake Ramble. This year’s event runs June 15 and 16. (Jenna Hauck/Progress file)

Ryder Lake gets ready to ramble for annual Chilliwack tour

Alpacas, garden strolls and stunning views on this year’s Ryder Lake Ramble

Miniature donkeys, an “off-grid” cabin and a Japanese garden are all part of the annual Ryder Lake Ramble this weekend.

This year’s theme is “Earth to Art” and 14 private Ryder Lake properties will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, four drive-by locations and trails are also on the map this year.

Pack a picnic lunch and head up the hill to explore hobby farms, woodland trails and gardens. You can visit alpacas, take in the panoramic view and sample jams in this self-guided tour.

Ryder Lake is an historic farming community on the outskirts of Chilliwack nestled in the shadow of Elk Mountain. The very first Ryder Lake Ramble was held in 1998. The City of Chilliwack had been considering developing the Ryder Lake area, however, residents protested and managed to get the proposals shelved.

This year’s ramble runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Admission is $5 per person or $20 per car load. Tickets will be on sale at 47846 Elk View Rd. More info, including a map, locations, and a brief description of each stop, go to

Note: There will be no food or any activities at the hall this year. No pets please.



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Ten-year-old Hannah Denbok reacts as Thistle, a three-month-old Nigerian dwarf goat, looks for affection during the 2014 Ryder Lake Ramble. (Jenna Hauck/Progress file)

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