Ryder Lake Women's Institute

British Columbia Women's Institute

The Ryder Lake Women's Institute (RLWI) is a member branch of the BC Women's Institute and was incorporated as a society in 1934.

Women’s Institutes are active across Canada and throughout the world, originating in Ontario in 1897. All BC members are also part of the National and International organizations.  For more information visit the BCWI website.

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About us

The Ryder Lake Women's Institute is open to women that live in Chilliwack and meets at the Ryder Lake Hall at 7 pm on the first Thursday of every month.  Guests are welcome!    All meetings are listed on the Events Calendar.

The membership year starts in October and the fee of $50 p.a. is paid to the BCWI.  Our local branch does not receive any of these dues and therefore relies on fund raising and donations to support our programs.

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Programs and Events

As well as collaborating on community events with the Farmers' Institute, the RLWI also organizes educational workshops, speakers and tours for our members, and joins with our neighbouring Atchelitz WI group for lunches. Members may attend the BCWI annual general meetings.

Recent events have included felted soap making, paint nights, speakers on container and herb gardens, canning and game cutting demonstrations and more!

Upcoming Events
  • Women's Institute - December 2nd meeting
    Women's Institute - December 2nd meeting
    Dec. 02, 6:30 p.m.
    Chilliwack, 49265 Elk View Rd, Chilliwack, BC V4Z 1E8, Canada
    Guests welcome! We will be having a pot luck and a workshop to make beautiful tree ornaments.
  • Christmas swag wreath workshop
    Christmas swag wreath workshop
    Ryder Lake Hall
    Dec. 15, 7:00 p.m.
    Ryder Lake Hall, 49265 Elk View Rd, Chilliwack, BC V4Z 1E8, Canada
    Come and join us to make a swag for your front door, your gate or your garage! Attendance is free but please register to help us plan! We will have greenery and assorted ribbons etc. but please bring any extra material you'd like to incorporate or share.
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The Ryder Lake Women's Institute Cookbook was published in May 2021 and contains over 180 recipes submitted by our members and friends.   


Each recipe includes personal notes plus there are some fun old heritage recipes and snippets of historical information about the WI.

The cookbook is available for $15 at local events at the Hall or through the Chilliwack Museum Gift shop.


The RLWI supports various community initiatives and awards a 4H trophy which is presented annually at the Chilliwack Fair.

As a co-owner of the Ryder Lake Institutes Hall, the WI appoints members to sit on the joint hall committee.