When gold was discovered in the Fraser Canyon in 1857, more than 30,000 gold miners trekked the goldfields, normally passing through the Chilliwack area in their travels. This caused its development, and steamboat landings on the Fraser River called Miller's Landing, Chilliwack Landing and Sumas Landing also contributed to Chilliwack's development. Chilliwack was incorporated during the year 1873, making it the third municipality within British Columbia.
There are several attractions in the city of Chilliwack for the visitors and residents to pick from. Among these attractions, Minter Gardens has various wonderful tulips which have been imported from Holland. Moreover, there are at least 100,000 rhododendrons that provide a remarkable scenery in the rock wall and cedar trees terraces. The Rotary Outdoor Pool offers visitors swimming lessons, special events, and public swimming. Promontory Park West is situated between Teskey Road and cedar Creek Drive. This 4.8 hectare park has a full circuit walking trail, two small soccer fields, a playground and two baseball diamonds. Mount Cheam is the best location to visit for hiking. Its trail zig zags to verdant meadows to rough terrain on the top, and individuals who climb its peak will be happy to see incredible views of the park. Chilliwack River Rafting is only 15 minutes from the town centre, and people who love rafting can choose a challenging or moderate rafting trip.
One option for families is to ask for a more family-oriented program. Situated on Old Yale Rd, and Yale Rd East is the Rosedale Sportsfield and Park, which is a 5.8 hectare park which provides playgrounds, washroom facilities, ball fields, and cozy picnic spots. The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve is a 325-acre location that is situated on Veddar River's floodplain. It has hundreds of Great Blue Heron nests and many other species of wildlife, plant life, and various rare animals, like for instance Salish Suckers, Painted Turtles and Bald Eagles. T-Rex Motorsports offers vehicles for riding, like bikes and ATV's. Cheam Lake Wetlands is popularly known for bird-watching, picnics, and hikes. Its trails are projected to be two kilometers, and the park likewise boasts of elevated viewing platform and raised walkways. Gwyne Vaughan Park has around six acres of prime land and a heritage home given to Chilliwack. Chilliwack Corn Maze attracts several families. This annual affair creates a maze out of the corn fields and visitors are challenged to find their way out. Portage Park is great for those who like to spend their afternoons in a relaxed picnic.
Within Chilliwack city, the main trades consist of tourism, retail and wholesale trade (Real Canadian Superstore, Overwaitea Food Group, Canada Safeway, Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, Sears Canada), agriculture (Inline Nurseries, Unifeed, Rainbow Greenhouses, Canfor Nurseries, Fraser Valley Duck and Goose), food processing (Johnston packers, Vantage Foods, Natrel, Fraser valley Meats, Roger Foods, Coast Mountain Dairy) and manufacturing (Masonite International, Uneeda Wood Products, IMW Industries, TY-CROP Manufacturing, Westeck Windows, Visscher Lumber). The most popular and economically-lucrative tourist attractions within the area are hiking, whitewater rafting, golfing, and fishing.