Maple Ridge: The City of Festivals
Just 45 minutes away from east of Downtown, Maple Ridge features a unique blend of authentic urban and rural amenities, more like its neighboring community, Pitt Meadows. Its 266 square kilometers of land is made up of 11 districts and inhabited by over 75,000 people. The Maple Ridge district is composed of the neighborhoods of Yennadon, Webster’s Corner, Iron Mountain, Kannaka Creek, Silver Valley, Ruskin, Thornhill, Haney, Port Hammond, Albion and Whonnock. Every district has its own distinctive cultural makeup. Known as the 6th oldest city in British Columbia, Maple Ridge is a great place to explore the history of the country, view historical sites and even celebrate with the affable locals in their year round festive events. From designer boutiques to skydiving, there is always something here to match everyone’s taste.
With significant developments in transportation through the years, the Maple Ridge real estate industry is expected to rise. Current residential property prices begin at $125,000 for one bedroom condo units and $350,000 for three bedroom single family homes. Maple Ridge has also been vote as one of the Top Investment Cities in Canada for 2010. Based on its annual growth rate, Maple Ridge is expected to double its housing market in the next 20 years. Currently, the market is generally comprised of single family homes but multi-family units are slowly increasing.
Shopping and Entertainment
Much of the shopping can be done at downtown Maple Ridge. This shopping district offers up to 600 shops and services. And in this city, affordable pricing is the norm. Most retail stores and commercial services can be found in urban centers. Valley Fair Mall and Maple Ridge Square are among the top shopping destinations for locals and tourists alike.
Maple Ridge has around 33 parks and trails that offer unlimited outdoor activities to its residents. Check out nesting ospreys near Pitt Lake, the region’s biggest freshwater tidal lake. Wakeboarding, kayaking, water skiing and canoeing are also popular in the Pitt River and Fraser River. The community is best known as the “City of Festivals” and home to various annual events such as the County Fest AgriFair, Santa Claus Parade and the Caribbean Festival.
Maple Ridge is poised for a tremendous economic growth spurt. And when it comes to transportation, Maple Ridge is considered one of the best in the land. The city is home to the West Coast Express, an established commuter train. The train stops at Maple Meadows and Port Haney throughout the town on its way to Vancouver and Mission. Maple Ridge has over one billion bridges that have just been finished, one connecting the neighborhood with Langley and the other to the Tri City region of Metro Vancouver. Maple Ridge is also connected through Highway 7 to Mission in the eastern side and Pitt Meadows to the west.
Health and education are very much valued by the residents of this quaint city. There are more than ten universities and colleges situated within its 45-kilometer radius. There are five career colleges located in Maple Ridge itself. The public schools in the area are under School District 42.