I can still remember being about 9 years old sitting on the couch with my Dad, looking at Channel 2 (if you remember this was the channel that showed you everything that was on one side and on the other was ads). We saw the ad for Cultus Lake Waterslides (now Waterpark) commercial come on and this was the year the Valley of Fear opened. My dad being the razzer he is said, “There is no way you would go on that”, being the natural competitor, I am, I responded “Yes I would”. Weeks had gone by and a new guy had joined my Dad’s soccer team, he had a little girl my age and he wanted to get her to meet some people so he asked my dad if he could take the two of us to the Water Slides.
My dad asked me that night if I wanted to go – Of course I did, he made sure to bring up the Valley of Fear, and how I needed to prove him wrong. That weekend I did it, I sat in the very front of the three-man tube on the valley of fear. I remember as they pushed us down hanging over the edge as her dads weight in the very back weighed us small girls down, After going down the monstrous drop, I remember almost touching the top of the other side and screaming, terrified but also having so much fun. This was the first time I had ever done something so brave. I can recall we proceeded to go on several more times, and many of the other slides. Still 21 years later this day stands out in my childhood memory as one of the best days ever.
Driving up to Cultus Lake Waterpark this past week was so nostalgic for me, the beautiful drive by the farms up to the twist and turns as you approach the lake. Its always been a place filled with happy memories for me, always having so much fun, trying to cram as many slides into a day as possible. Always testing out the new waterslides and feeling brave when I concurred something that scared me.
Its been about 10 years since I had been, and a lot has changed! So many new slides have been added, so many new hot tubs, and the giant pirate ship. It has grown so much, it used to feel gigantic as a 9-year-old girl, but now as a 30-year-old woman with its growth it is still a huge park. Something about going to a place that brought you so much joy as a child and bringing your children is so sentimental.
When we pulled up to the waterslides Pearce’s excitement was electrifying, the almost 4-year-old little boy looked at the gigantic park and wanted to do it all – With none of the fear I had expected. We were so blessed to have been gifted this experience to make these memories that I know he will remember for years to come!!! I could barely get Brooks changed into his water stuff fast enough because Pearce was so excited to start the day! We spent hours on the turtle slides, in Tot Castle, going around and round in the lazy river, stopping for a quick hot tub here and there, and fighting off the buckets of water at the Pirate ship. The park was so family friendly, we ate at the new Grab and Go lunch spot picking up some 35-year anniversary cups as souvenirs to remember our trip forever.
While Pearce played with friends, I got to listen to owner Chris Steunenberg who purchased the Park 25 years ago and saved the park from closing with his wife. They have managed to create an amazing family experience that is truly fun for all ages and forever growing as BC’s largest and best waterpark. 5 years ago, the family bought the mini golf course across the street from the Waterpark and created Cultus Lake Adventure Park, an amusement park with 18 rides, catering to all family types from families with small children to older kids or even just to get away as a date night for Mom and Dad. This year to celebrate 35 years they have come out with the anniversary souvenir cups that has customer artwork of Cultus Lake Waterpark and the amazing Family and employees it houses – you can refill the cup all over the park for super cheap, get one before their gone!
Our Family truly didn’t feel like we could do both parks justice in 1 day, So we stayed at the Waterpark open – close, and to my surprise both the Kids (4 and 3) had 0 meltdowns, 0 arguments, It was only smiles, laughter and running from attraction to attraction and the babies didn’t seem to mind either, having naps along the way in our arms. I never dreamt the day could go so well. I thought for sure there would be some tears, but to Pearce it is the happiest place on Earth – I know this because he told me so and he has asked me to go back a few times a day since we left!
We plan to head back to Cultus Lake Adventure Park very soon!! This year on every ticket to the water park, you get a $15 off ticket to the Adventure Park, so how could you not take advantage of this awesome deal and spend some time with the family in this amazing place.
I hope you all get out to these fantastic parks, this summer and help them celebrate 35 years in the business. And Hey, your kids might even sleep in the next day like both mine did!! Thank you again to Vancouver Mom, Destination Cultus (Cultus Lake Water Park and Adventure Park) and Crisp Media for hosting such an amazing event for my Family – We will cherish these memories for always!