Chilliwack: The Great Outside

Tagged by the people as the “beautiful British Columbia”, Chilliwack is a panoramic city in British Columbia. Nestled in a huge, fertile river valley with endless mountains as backdrop, Chilliwack often bills itself as the “Great Outside”. Located in the upper part of the Fraser Valley, Chilliwack is bounded on the south by the American-Canadian border and to the north by the Fraser River. As part of the Greater Vancouver Economic Region, the city enjoys financial benefits such as low cost dollar, easy access to the U.S.A. and close proximity to major markets.
With a growing community of more than 80,000 people, Chilliwack has come a very long way since its pioneering days as a hinterland and gateway to the gold mines and fur trade at Hope and Yale. For both locals and tourists all over the world, activities such as golf, fishing, river rafting and hiking are perennial favorites.

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Affordable housing and good employment make the city a famous destination among Canadians and tourists worldwide. The median price for Chilliwack detached single family homes is $315,000. Apartments are usually priced around $140,000 and over.

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Chilliwack’s beautiful, mild climate with a few extremes provides perfect growing conditions for many agricultural products. The city is also one of the warmest in the country during spring season. The Cheam Leisure Center and Chilliwack Landing Center are among the most popular public recreation facilities in the city. Fraser Valley is popular for horseback riding and cycling.

Whether it is admiring flowers in the Minter Gardens, boating on Cultus Lake, watching a rodeo show in Chilliwack Heritage Park , or do bird watching at the Great Blue Heron Reserve, the city has countless of attractions. The historic downtown center also features a wide selection of trendy shopping and stylish dining options. The city is also home to many events and festivals, from the Chilliwack Bluegrass Festival and the Gospel Blues Festival to the Car Show in Minter Gardens.


Chilliwack offers comprehensive transportation networks by rail, road, sea and air. The city is divided into two primary areas namely Chilliwack Proper and Sardis- Vedder. These two areas are connected by a few highway overpasses. Intercity bus services are provided by the Grey Hound Bus Lines. The local municipality also operates six buses with seven routes, operating from Monday through Sunday. Chilliwack is also home to a 130 acre airport for individuals who wish to charter an airplane. British Columbia provides many railroad routes in the whole of North America. Passenger bookings can be made through the Rocky Mountaineer or Via Rail. The railway terminals can be found in Vancouver.


The School District 33 manages 31 public schools, an Adventist school, a Catholic school and a few other Christian educational institutions. The two famous secondary schools, Chilliwack Secondary School and Sardis High School are currently complemented with the Graham Middle School. The University of Fraser Valley is the most popular post secondary institution in the area, with more than 21,000 students on several campuses located in the Fraser Valley.

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