review: cultus lake waterpark and adventure park

Looking to road trip it with the fam this summer, but don’t want to break the bank (or your sanity)? We packed the kids into the car and headed to Cultus Lake Waterpark and Adventure Park. It was the perfect place for the whole family to cool off and have fun (and is only a 60-minute drive from Vancouver)!

Given that the temperature was already soaring by the time we arrived, we decided to start our day at the Waterpark. We arrived right before the gates opened for the day and noticed the line-up was already growing. The park fills up fast once the gates open, but there are plenty of sheltered picnic tables to choose from (available on a first-come, first-served basis) and they’re all in great spots (with bathrooms nearby for those with tiny bladders). With a selection of about 15 rides in total, as well as five giant hot tubs, Cultus Lake Waterpark has something for everyone. We were impressed at how much our kids enjoyed the park even though they are pretty young.

Our 4-year-old (who is just under 40 inches) easily enjoyed a number of attractions including the Adventure River, Kiddie Castle, and the Turtle Pool & Slides, but her favorite (as well as my husband’s) was Pirate’s Cove. There were a lot of interactive features at Pirate’s Cove including two kid-friendly water slides, tons of water sprays and a giant “Pirate Head” bucket that surprised the kids with gallons of water every few minutes. Even though she was tall enough to ride (with a parent) on the Colossal Canyon and the Blaster and Twister slides, she was still a little too intimidated by the twists and turns. Our 10-month old was just happy to be somewhere cool, but he seemed to really enjoy hanging out at the Kiddie Castle.

After getting our slide on for a couple of hours, we feasted on yummy cheeseburgers at the Burger Stop. Not a burger fan? There are a variety of foods available for purchase on-site or alternatively you can always pack or BBQ your own lunch (see tips below)!

With “water slides” officially ticked off our summer bucket list, we spent the rest of the day across the street at the Cultus Lake Adventure Park.

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The Cultus Lake Adventure Park is BC’s newest theme park, boasting “one-of-a-kind rides and attractions.” We weren’t sure how much fun we’d have given we would be bringing such young kids to the park, but the park definitely didn’t disappoint!

Our 10-month old wasn’t allowed on any of the rides, so our yoyodada had the thrill of riding with our four-year-old daughter (who is just under 40 inches). Maybe it was the mini donuts, but she seemed to have enjoyed the Adventure Park more than the waterslides, checking off Bucky’s Bumper Boats, Carousel, Ribbit, Wagon Wheel, Balloon Adventure and Blastin’ Barrels off her ride list. While she was big enough to ride the Runaway Mine Train, we couldn’t convince her enough to ride it, so our yoyodada rode it solo. His giant smile seen during the whole ride was clear evidence that it was an awesome ride!

By the time we were done the rides, the temperature had risen to nearly 30 degrees, so we walked through the Boardwalk to cool off. Thanks to the giant trees, the Boardwalk is a shaded and breezy area overlooking the mini-golf course, giving visitors a scenic bird’s eye view of the park.

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Once we cooled off, we tried out the Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf attraction. We only made it through 13 holes because of the heat (and our four-year-old’s attention span), but it was a cute and colourful course, making you feel like you’re playing mini-golf in a cartoon!

Overall, we had a great time at the Cultus Lake Waterpark and Adventure Park and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a short but super-fun daytrip with their family! If you think you need more than one day in Cultus Lake, there are accommodations available nearby. Check out the Cultus Lake Waterpark website for overnight options.

Cultus Lake Waterpark Tips

  • Going to Cultus Lake is definitely a full-day, so you will most likely be packing for a full day as well. The Waterpark offers rental items including lounge chairs, umbrellas, towels and even shorts in case you forget to pack something! Brought too much stuff? You can rent a locker for $5.00.
  • You can’t bring your own BBQ to the park, nor can you bring restaurant food. You can however, rent a BBQ on-site or pack your own lunch.
  • They only allow commercially-sealed (non-alcoholic) beverages in the park. If you want to bring your own water bottles, bring them empty and fill them up at the fountains when you get there.
  • If you don’t want to pack too much food, there is a variety of food for purchase on-site, from burgers, fish and chips, to subs and pizzas.
  • Parking for the day is only $5. Since both parks are across the street from each other, you can easily park at the Waterslides and visit both parks.
  • Lifejackets are free of charge and are available at the Rental and Activity Booth. They are required for small children and weak or non-swimmers.
  • Other inflatables are not allowed in the park, so leave the donut floatie at home!
  • There’s free Wi-Fi on site!
  • Don’t fret if the weather takes a turn for the cool! The pools and slides are heated and there are five giant hot tubs to choose from (you can also grab a warm bevvie at the Espresso Hut on the grounds)!
  • We went on a weekday, so it wasn’t too busy but we can imagine how much busier it can be on the weekends. If you can travel on a weekday, then we highly recommend it!

Cultus Lake Adventure Park Tips

  • Gate admission is free, but you do need to purchase tokens or a wrist band to ride the rides
  • Cultus Gold n’ Gems and Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf attractions are additional fees that aren’t included in the token or wristband purchases
  • If the kiddos aren’t nacho or hot dog fans, make sure to grab a bite before you head to the Adventure Park; aside from nachos and hot dogs, the concession stand only sells sweet stuff!
  • If you do plan on visiting both the Waterpark and Adventure Park, make sure to hit up the Waterpark first; each Waterpark ticket has a coupon for a $15 Unlimited Rides wristband for the Adventure Park (a savings of $7)!
  • The Adventure Park does offer a Night Rider discount wristband rate of $17 if you ride three hours before the park closes.

Cultus Lake Waterpark
www.cultus.com
4150 Columbia Valley Hwy, Cultus Lake

Cultus Lake Adventure Park
www.cultusadventure.com
3993 Sunnyside Blvd, Cultus Lake

By: Marjolyn “MJ” Dimapilis

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