ABOUT LIVING IN CHILLIWACK, BC
Chilliwack has a population of approximately 86,000 residents and is spread out over a vast area in the lower Fraser Valley and comprises of a number of unique communities, each with their own sense of identity. These communities played a significant role in the history of the City of Chilliwack, from the times of the gold rush through to 20th Century events such as the great flood of 1948.
Although growing rapidly, Chilliwack has over 900 farms. Dairy farming accounts for almost half of all farm revenues in Chilliwack. However, poultry, vegetable and berry production, floriculture and the nursery industry play a growing, crucial role in the region's economy.
The Chilliwack Municipal Airport receives over 70,000 take-offs/landings every year. It boasts a fine eatery, "The Airport Coffee Shop" and many people fly in just for to experience their famous homemade pies.
The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is a comprehensive, public post-secondary institution. There are campuses in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Mission, with regional centres in Hope and Agassiz. Chilliwack is home to the UFV Trades & Technology Centre, the Chilliwack Campus is located close to the Vedder River on land referred to as the Canada Education Park. UFV students can look for quality off-campus housing on the universities off-campus housing website.
Chilliwack is BC's warmest city with an average temperature of 10.5c, followed by Vancouver 10.1c, Abbotsford 10c, Nanaimo 9.8c and Victoria 9.7c. In 2009 Chilliwack had the warmest Spring in Canada and the highest average of all daily temperatures throughout the year. Chilliwack is only 15 minutes from Canada's 6th tallest waterfall, Bridal Veil Falls
Chilliwack has its own Symphony Orchestra. Classical music can be heard twice a year at the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus concerts.
More than 200 species of birds tantalize watchers in the Chilliwack area. Birders can learn about the 90 heron nests in the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve at its Rotary Interpretive Centre. The Rotary Club has also provided a seven-kilometre hiking trail along the Vedder River. Kayaking and rafting are popular with active residents but those looking for earthbound exercise can bicycle along the dikes that keep rivers from flooding populated areas. Fishing in local lakes and rivers yields steelhead, salmon, trout and sturgeon.
In winter you can leave Chilliwack and be on a ski slope at Hemlock Valley or Manning Park within 1-1.5 hours.
EXPLORE CHILLIWACK NEIGHBOURHOODS
Exploring these rural communities today will not only give you an insight into the past but will allow you to experience their many individual qualities, unique businesses and friendly inhabitants who make Chilliwack a diverse and vibrant city.
CROSSONG INTO THE USA
The closest border crossing to Chilliwack is the Huntingdon Border on Highway 11 between Abbotsford and Sumas, 3km south from Exit 92 of Highway 1. Other crossings are at Aldergrove (Highway 13), not open 24 hours, and the Peace Arch border, south of Vancouver on Highway 99.
The SkyTrain is a two-line urban mass transit system in Metro Vancouver. It uses Bombardier's Advanced Rapid Transit technology, with fully automated trains running principally on elevated tracks. The closest station is the King George Station in Surrey which will link you to 33 different stations.