Summer is here with a bang in Chilliwack! The weather has been very summer-like for the last couple of weeks making us forget we actually live in a rainforest. Despite what folks from elsewhere are led to believe, it does not rain here all the time. In fact, according to Environment Canada, Chilliwack has the distinction of having the warmest year-round temperature in Canada! Wow, I wonder how many people are aware of that?

So, with warm weather on the horizon why not spend an afternoon or better yet, a relaxing weekend exploring all that historic downtown Chilliwack has to offer. Downtown Chilliwack is very walkable and offers a wide variety of businesses and services, many housed in historic buildings. Here are my ten reasons for heading to downtown Chilliwack. And they are not in any specific order –

SHOP LOCAL – Many of the shops located downtown are not chain stores that could be found in any mall in North America – most are owned and operated by locals. On Wellington Avenue you will find:
Creekside Home Décor and Antiques stocked with vintage furniture, up-cycled décor items, candles, lighting, jewellery and garden art. The displays are always changing so be sure to drop by and say “hi” or just take in the ambience (the place smells fantastic).
Lolly’s Fashion Lounge features the latest in ladies apparel and accessories.
Teddy Bear Dreams Childrens Wear for newborns to pre-teens Teddy Bear Dreams not only has the latest fashion trends for the small-set they also stock dance wear.
The Bookman holds the claim of being the second largest used book store in B.C. Browse the well-organized selection of used books housed in a 5000 sq. ft. storefront on Wellington Ave.

EAT – You will find something to satisfy your hunger whether you are looking for a home cooked breakfast, a quick cup of coffee or want to linger over a cold beer or cocktail.
Around the corner on Mill Street, Appledoorns is a great place for a mid-morning cup of tea (served in china tea cups) or light lunch.
The Royal Café located within the Royal Hotel is where to head if a hearty breakfast is on the agenda. Featuring home-style cooking and amazing pies, the Royal also serves breakfast until 3 pm.
District Public House, located at five corners, where Yale Road and Wellington intersect is a favourite local haunt serving beer on tap and great pub food (you must try the fall-off-the bone ribs).
If you are seeking a relaxing evening of fine dining, head a few blocks east on Yale Road to Bravo Restaurant & Lounge. Bravo is well-known for its focus on local food, extensive wine list and excellent service. The lounge also serves up live music most weekends.

PLAYThe Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre located near the downtown core on Corbould Street houses an indoor pool with water slides, wave pool, therapeutic pools, and exercise and weight rooms. Outside you will find a water spray-park and playground area. Sure to please all ages, the Landing Leisure Centre is just a short stroll from the downtown (and well worth it).

STAY – Offering twenty nine guest rooms the 105 year old Royal Hotel is not your average cookie-cutter hotel. Sleep in an antique room complete with vintage furnishings but also equipped with modern conveniences such as air conditioning and in-room coffee brewers. Unwind in a claw foot tub before retiring to your comfortable bed after exploring all downtown Chilliwack has to offer.
Royal M 25.2013


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