The large, round platform of the Buckin’ Bronco ride spun as it swung left to right, up and down along the arc to which it was attached. This was the first thing that caught our eyes as my boyfriend, Christian, children and I pulled up into the parking lot at Cultus Lake
Our excitement grew as we approached the gate. The colourful, beautifully designed park was inviting to both the kids and adults in our group. It was
After being adorned with wristbands, the four of us decided to try out the first ride that we walked up to, Blastin’ Barrels. We hopped into the coaster cars without much thought and were taken on a ride that was surprisingly fun for how short the track is. It’s a kid-friendly coaster with a twist, as the cars don’t just keep you facing forward, they spin around as you slide forward on the tracks. The effect makes what would otherwise be a standard kiddy coaster much more interesting to ride, because you never really know which way you’re about to go.
Christian decided to give the next ride that we walked past a go, too. I wasn’t ready yet for what looked like it might be the most terrifying ride in the park. He buckled himself into the Round-Up 360, described on the Adventure Park website as “Canada’s only fully inverted extreme swing ride will take you a full 360 degrees head over heels while simultaneously spinning and vaulting you perilously close to live cedars and train trellises above!” The girls and I watched as he was taken on a spinning, swinging ride that I never did end up feeling ready to experience.
For the next ride, the four of us tried out the Runaway Mine Train, a fairly tame rollercoaster that didn’t do much to excite me, but my kids enjoyed it enough to hop back onto at least half a dozen more times throughout the afternoon.
After a couple of hours in the park, I managed to convince the kids to take a break for a late lunch and Christian laid out a blanket, and the picnic lunch that we’d packed, on a grassy area just outside of the adventure park. The kids finished eating before the adults in our little foursome and, after a couple of minutes of cartwheeling on the lawn, they were antsy to head back onto the rides.
The weather was overcast but mild enough that we didn’t need our jackets and, though there were plenty of people milling through the park, the ride lineups were never long. We explored the entire place over the next couple of hours, until we were finally too hungry to play any longer. As we left to look for a sushi restaurant nearby, I reflected on some of what I’d liked best about our first trip to Cultus Lake Adventure Park.
My favourite things about Cultus Lake Adventure Park:
- There is no entrance fee. If there are members in your group who are just there to watch/supervise children, they can do so at no cost.
- There are a variety of rides and attractions for all ages and thrill levels.
- Even though there’s a lot to do, the park isn’t spread out over an expansive amount of space so it’s easy to split up the group and reconnect to check in throughout the day.
- Access to the 18-hole mini-golf course is included with your ride pass.
- There are skee ball and other arcade games that can be played for only 25c per game.
- Benches located throughout the park are perfect rest spots and meetup locations.
- The frozen lemonade was delicious and refreshing.
After a delicious meal at Vedder Sushi, we headed to our hotel for the night. The room looked perfectly clean, but smelled of mildew. To my surprise, the room that I’d reserved was on the first floor and backed directly onto the indoor pool area, via a sliding glass door. My 7-year-old daughter was very excited about this and, though it was nearly 9:00pm, she was ready for a swim. She and Christian changed into their swim suits and headed into the water, where there were other families enjoying a late evening swim as well.
The next morning, after breakfast, we packed everything into the car and excitedly to head to Cultus Lake Waterpark for a day on the slides. Unfortunately, on this day, the weather was not on our side. As we drove towards the waterpark, the skies opened up and the rain began to fall.
Because I have had troubles with my back in the past, I wasn’t ready to chance riding the slides in such cold weather, for fear that my muscles would seize up, but the kids were not about to let their day be ruined by a little (or a lot) of rain!
At Cultus Lake Waterpark, there is a single fee for entrance. You pay the same amount whether you are sliding or just at the park to supervise. Christian and I talked about this on and off throughout the day, thinking about why they have it this way, and what an alternate system that the park could use, so that people could access the park to supervise youngsters without having to pay so much just to come inside.
After a couple of hours of chatting with me while the kids swam and rode the slides together, Christian braved the cold and give a few of waterslides a try himself. Chloe was starting to feel quite cold and she enjoyed being able to warm up in a hot tub after every slide. I appreciated being able to watch her without having to leave the covered seating area, where I was enjoying sipping on a nice hot coffee.
The smiles on the kids faces each time that they checked in with me made me glad that we’d decided to go despite the weather, but after four hours of sitting around while the kids played in the rain, I was ready to have supper and head home.
My favourite things about Cultus Lake Waterpark
- Like the Adventure Park, the Waterpark has attractions for every age and thrill level, from a kiddie wading pool with mini slides to BC’s only freefall tube slide, The Valley of Fear.
- Lifejackets are provided free of charge to everyone who needs one.
- If you forget something, it’s possible that you can rent it there. They’ve got everything from umbrellas, to clean shorts and towels, and barbecues available.
- You can bring food from home into the waterpark with you.
- There are 5 hot tubs for warming up in between slides on cool days
Disclosure: Thank you to KidsWorld and Cultus Lake Adventure Park and Cultus Lake Waterslides, who facilitated this review by providing us with free Cultus Lake Adventure Park and Cultus Lake Waterpark admission passes and food vouchers. All other costs associated with this trip were covered at our own expense.
Photos from our Cultus Lake Staycation Adventure
Cultus Lake Adventure Park
Cultus Lake Waterpark