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Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Maple Ridge, on the north shore of the Fraser River, is a growing small-town community with amazing mountain views and close to large municipal parks

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January 12, 2016






Maple Ridge Neighbourhood Information_0

The City of Maple Ridge is located on the north shore of the Fraser River, approximately 45 kilometres east of the City of Vancouver. Maple Ridge is east of neighbouring Pitt Meadows and west of Hayward Lake, and the community boasting breathtaking views of the Coast Mountains. The local economy used to rely on rural farming, logging and milling but Maple Ridge is now a growing residential small-town community with close proximity to both neighbourhood green spaces and large municipal parks, like Golden Ears Provincial Park and Kanaka Creek Regional Park.

There is a vast network of trails in Maple Ridge for cyclists, campers, hikers and walkers, including parts of the Trans Canada Trail. Maple Ridge Town Centre, formerly called Haney, has recently been transformed with new office spaces, civic and provincial government offices, a recreation centre and a performing arts centre with gallery.

A constantly growing community, Maple Ridge's population is projected to increase at an annual rate of 1.6 per cent through 2021, with a significantly higher proportion of children than the rest of Metro Vancouver. The Golden Ears Bridge, opened in June 2009, provides a quick link from Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge to Langley, Surrey and other municipalities.

The Maple Ridge real estate market ranges from one-bedroom condos through to hundred-acre pots of farmland, with almost 60 per cent of the homes being single-family detached houses. There are a number of new developments, like Reflections on the River, River’s Edge and Jackson Park. The average price for a home in Maple Ridge is $625,665, with condos starting at well under $100,000 and large acreages selling for multiple millions. View Maple Ridge MLS® Listings and upcoming open houses

Maple Ridge Amenities

Shopping

Valley Fair Mall , anchored by London Drugs and Save-On-Foods, is home to 40 shops and services, and Haney Place Mall, anchored by Thrifty Foods and Walmart, offers 50 shops and services. Downtown Maple Ridge is the best area to find smaller local shops.

In nearby Pitt Meadows, Meadowtown Centre and Meadowvale Shopping Centre each offer a number of shops and  a movie theatre.

Arts and Culture

Maple Ridge hosts two major festivals each July: the Caribbean Street Festival, which brings up to 18,000 people to Memorial Peace Park for Caribbean food and music; and the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Country Fest, a country fair with live animals, music, monster trucks and an amusement park.

Year-round, residents can explore the arts at the Arts Centre & Theatre downtown and the Fraser River Heritage Walk and Maple Ridge Museum.

Cafés and Restaurants

There are a variety of restaurants and dining options in Maple Ridge, including major chain restaurants and diverse ethnic cuisines.

Sports and Recreation

Maple Ridge has extensive parklands and many recreational attractions, including Golden Ears Provincial Park (one of the largest camping areas in British Columbia), with recreational activities concentrated around Alouette Lake, which has waterfalls, a picnic area and hiking trails. Other parks in the Maple Ridge area include Kanaka Creek Regional Park with 12 kilometres of creek, canyons and marshes. Maple Ridge Park offers trails for horseback riding.

The Maple Ridge Leisure Centre offers swimming pools and a fitness centre.

Schools and Education in Maple Ridge

Elementary schools

Secondary schools

Maple Ridge Transportation

Translink provides public transit services, including buses and the West Coast Express trains which link Maple Ridge to downtown Vancouver. The main bus exchange in Maple Ridge is Haney Place Exchange. Maple Ridge is also connected via Highway 7 to Pitt Meadows in the east and Mission in the west.

Maple Ridge Property Statistics

Average home price1

$625,665

 

 

Rental information2

 

Average rent for a private apartment

$787

Private apartment vacancy rate

2.8%

 

 

Makeup of dwellings3

 

Total private dwellings

28,045

Single detached houses

59.4%

Semi-detached and row houses

13.6%

Duplexes

10.3%

Apartments, less than five stories

13.0%

Apartments, five or more stories

3.1%

Maple Ridge Demographics3

Population 76,055

Age

80+

3.2%

60 to 79

14.5%

40 to 59

32.7%

20 to 39

23.8%

5 to 19

20.2%

0 to 4

5.6%

Surrounding Neighbourhoods

1REW.ca interactive map, incorporating data from the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, and Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, November 2015.

2CMHC Rental Market Report, Vancouver and Abbotsford-Mission CMAs, Fall 2014. The information is based on data for Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

3Statistics Canada, Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census, Census subdivision of Maple Ridge, DM – British Columbia


Christina Newberry is a Vancouver-based writer and editor who writes lifestyle and travel stories for publications both online and in print. When she's not travelling, Christina can be found exploring Vancouver's unique neighbourhoods or puttering in her community garden plot.
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