Chilliwack | British Columbia

Bylaw 1077, 2016, Cultus Lake No Smoking Bylaw

Cultus Lake Park is located just south of Chilliwack and is comprised of 640 acres with a campground, beaches, waterpark, golf courses, mini-golf, putting course, hiking trails, restaurants, shopping, boat rentals and more.

Governance of Cultus Lake Park is the direct responsibility of the Park Board, not the City of Chilliwack.

Smoking is prohibited, except for in designated areas, in:

  • Public green spaces
  • Beach and foreshore area
  • Treed areas
  • Trails
  • Parking lots
  • Playgrounds
  • Public washrooms
  • Off leash dog areas
  • Volley ball and tennis courts
  • Residential roadways
  • Common areas in Sunnyside and Vedder Campgrounds

Sunnyside and Vedder individual camping sites, residential properties and the ceremonial burning of tobacco as part of an Aboriginal cultural activity are exempted.

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Electronic Smoking Devices, Other Weeds and Substances, Waterpipes


“Smoke” or “Smoking” means to inhale, exhale, burn or carry a lighted cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, pipe, hookah pipe, electronic cigarette, vaporizing system or other smoking equipment, that burns or vaporizes, tobacco, marijuana or any other substance. A person must not use a controlled substance or other smoking equipment that burns or vaporizes tobacco, marijuana or any other substance in the areas noted.

An “e-cigarette” is defined as (electronic cigarettes or personal vaporizer) that simulates the look and feel of a conventional cigarette and uses a battery to heat a liquid solution, producing a visible, vapour emission that may produce an odour depending on the flavour of the liquid used.

“Vaping” is inhaling or exhaling an e-cigarette.

Places Smoking Prohibited

E-cigarettes (outdoors)
Golf Courses
Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities
Waterpipes (outdoors)

Policy Analysis

It is important to note that this is not a municipal bylaw; however, the current configuration of the database cannot accommodate unique situations like the prohibition of smoking in Cultus Lake Park. This bylaw has been slotted with the City of Chilliwack, it being the closest municipality.

This bylaw is considered leading edge by virtue of its broad definition of smoking that includes vaping e-cigarettes. Other weeds and substances are also included, and marijuana has been explicitly noted, presumably in preparation for its eventual legalization.

The prohibition of smoking on beaches and golf courses is also notable.

The bylaw does allow for designated smoking areas, but it is not clear how many there are or where they are located.

Date Passed: July 13, 2016

Date in Force: July 13, 2016

Date Last Amended:

Leading Edge: Yes

Level of Government: Municipal

Smoke-free Ontario Act Status: Exceeds Smoke-free Ontario Act

Bylaw Under Development? No

Supporting Information

Please find contact information related to this bylaw, and links to supporting materials.

Bylaw 1077, 2016

July 13, 2016 Park Board Regular Minutes


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