Chilliwack’s south side is getting a new hillside park and trail.
Work has already begun at 45076 Vedder Mountain Road. Exiting the roundabout from Vedder Mountain Road onto the Columbia Valley Highway, heading toward Cultus Lake, the land is to the right.
Chilliwack-based Mountainco Contracting Ltd. is handling the work after submitting a successful Request for Proposal (RFP) in the amount of $318,953 plus taxes.
Once complete, Vedder Mountain Park will include almost 70 acres with a trail and parking lot. A day use area located will be located four kilometres uphill from the parking area and will include picnic tables and information kiosks. The trail to get there will have around 60 switchbacks and an elevation gain of approximately 290 metres. The minimum width of the trail at any point will be 1.8 metres.
“Work to create this park has been ongoing since late 2017, when the City purchased the land to consolidate properties into what will soon be Vedder Mountain Park,” said Chilliwack Mayor Ken Popove. “While it’s taken time, making sure we create this new trail in an environmentally and archaeologically respectful manner was important, and we are looking forward to this latest addition to Chilliwack’s trail network.”
An archaeological impact assessment was conducted by the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre for the trail and parking lot. An environmental assessment was also completed, and adjustments to the initial plans were made to preserve areas of archaeological and/or environmental significance.
While the area is under active construction, hikers are asked to stay away.