Cultus Lake Park

Feature Type:Provincial Park - Legally defined land area, under provincial jurisdiction, for camping, outdoor recreation, and preservation of wildlife.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Both sides of Cultus Lake, between Abbotsford and Chilliwack, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°02'11''N, 121°58'28''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92H/4
Related Maps: 92G/1

Origin Notes and History:

Established by Order in Council 282, 10 Febuary 1948, containing 1000 acres more or less. Area increased per OIC 2270, 8 October 1958, the whole now containing 1620 acres. Boundary redescribed per OIC 1201/90 (date not cited). The area formerly identifed as International Ridge Park was amalgamated into Cultus Lake Park per Bill 17-2000: Protected Areas of British Columbia Act, 29 June 2000; the whole now containing 2561 ha. more or less. Area expanded per Bill 49-2012: Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, 31 May 2912, the whole now containing approximately 2729 hectares.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"Originally known as Swee-ehl-chad or Tso-wallie by local Indians. Cultus is a Chinook Jargon word derived from the Salish word "kul" meaning bad or worthless; the lake was called Cultus either because of its numerous squalls or because of an Indian taboo." (BC Parks brochure, date not cited).

Source: included with note