Mission: The Jewel in the Valley
Nestled on the Coast Mountains across the Fraser River, Mission is the 23rd biggest municipality in British Columbia, Canada. Mission was named after Saint Mary’s Mission, a movement founded in 1861 to spread Christianity among the locals and control the rowdy miners from going into the gold fields. A thriving and dynamic center with around 38,000 residents, the region is surrounded by the majestic mountain vistas and verdant forest settings. Tagged as the ‘Gateway to Fraser River’, Mission is a popular pit stop for settlers, trappers and other river travellers who are seeking nature fun and adventure. Within the region, visitors can discover different heritage sites, go biking, shop at the historic town, watch drag racing and many more.
Just 70 kilometers east of Vancouver and 15 minutes from the United States border, Mission features a colorful and unique history—it is where Canada’s first robbery happened, home of the First Nations’ Archaeological site and the B.C.’s first ever rail link to the United States. The district also boasts a welcoming attitude to its locals, new residents, businesses, visitors and investors alike.
Once a logging community, Mission is now among the fastest growing suburbs in British Columbia. This beautiful municipality is continually attracting new residents with its inexpensive housing and panoramic views. The average residential property cost in the region is around $390,000, with condo or apartment units at $190,000.
Shopping & Entertainment
Stock up of fruit wines, pottery and other local products at the Mission Circle Farm Tour. You can also shop for specialty products like collectible books and shoes downtown. If you are looking for a big box shopping experience, 12 screen movie theatres and chain dining, check out the Junction Shopping Center, the district’s biggest shopping facility. Learn more about rails, rivers and robbers at the majestic Mission Museum, where the historical legacy of the region is preserved. The museum houses the Mission’s biggest artifact, a prefabricated building and local displays.
The Fraser River Park hosts several events and festivals, including the Children’s Festival, Twilight Concert Series, and the Folk Music Festival. Adrenaline junkies can feed themselves with all the thrill and fun through a drag race at the Mission Raceway Park. There are also plenty of undisturbed biking, hiking and swimming locally at the Hayward Lake and Rolley Lake Provincial Park.
Nowadays, Mission is serviced by the regional transit system named as ValleyMax which connects the Mission to Abbotsford City. The local bus transportation system is managed by BC Transit. Some of the most prominent transportation infrastructures include Lougheed Highway 7 and the Abbotsford Mission Highway 11. The Canadian line also offers east bound stop from Mission Railway Station. Mission tends to be unique among other Fraser Valley communities because of its easy access to the Fraser River.
Each school in the area provides excellent programs, qualified teachers, and a caring environment for students to learn and develop their personalities. Currently, the district has 12 elementary schools and 3 high schools, including a few French Immersion programs in elementary and secondary school. Riverside College is also a popular post secondary institution that provides careers, trainings and many apprenticeship programs.