Mission, BC: A Hidden Gem in the Fraser Valley

A charming city that’s destined for big growth.

Words byAaron Eccles
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Neighbourhoods matter a lot. And not just for resale value, either. In their own way, they are alive. They live, breathe, grow and develop. And there’s a sense of each of these places, something that’s impossible to engineer; a certain feeling that comes from knowing the people in your community, and of feeling like you’re a part of it.

If you’ve never had your butcher offer you a free bag of bones for your dog, or had your barista warmly welcome you by your first name, you’re missing out on that neighbourhood that everyone should be searching for. We’re here to help you find it.

Lay of the land.

Nestled away at the end of the Fraser Valley, Mission is a town that offers a unique blend of history, charm, and potential. Though it may be one of the smaller communities in the area, in Season One of RealTours we learned from local realtor Taylor McPherson that Mission is a town of hidden depths.


Its downtown core, a quaint hub of activity, is seeing a resurgence with new businesses and developments popping up around Lougheed Highway. Mission West, home to the promising Wren + Raven development, signals the dawn of a new era for the town, blending modern living with the town's rich history and quaint loveliness. This 130-unit condo development, mixed with commercial spaces, is a beacon of what's to come.

As you move towards Heritage Park, you're transported back in time - when large, relatively affordable homes were scattered across the Lower Mainland. Single-family homes run from Mary Street to Hatzic Bench, all calling Heritage Park their trusted gathering place. The views are simply priceless in this part of the valley.

On the house.

Mission offers a diverse range of housing options that cater to various needs. From the charming turn-of-the-century homes in downtown that are being lovingly restored, to the newer developments in Mission West, there's something for everyone.

The recent addition of rental high-rises in downtown Mission provides more affordable housing options, while those looking for a touch of luxury can turn to the Wren + Raven development. For those who dream of wide-open spaces, Mission offers acreages that are hard to find elsewhere in the province. Whether you're looking for a heritage home with character or a modern condo with all the amenities, Mission has it all.


Room for activities.

Mission is a haven for both nature enthusiasts and those looking for a more relaxed urban experience. Heritage Park, a sprawling green space, is perfect for picnics, events or just a leisurely stroll. The town's location along the Fraser River offers opportunities for fishing, kayaking and other water activities, not to mention some excellent hiking trails. And for those who prefer a more urban experience, downtown Mission offers a range of shops, restaurants and cultural activities.

And when you need a little fun in the sun, Hatzic Lake is conveniently located right in your backyard. Mission is also a stone's throw from Harrison Hot Springs, another perfect weekend getaway destination. Those who make the move to Mission from the city will understandably be tempted to buy a boat with their real estate savings.


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Down to business.

New developments aren’t the only thing expanding in Mission - the local business community is growing in its own right. Here are some of the most popular local businesses in the area.


The Penny

In the heart of Mission lies the Penny Coffee House, a symbol of community spirit and collaboration. As a key pillar of the Hougen Block Project, it's more than just a café. Every sip of their locally-sourced coffee or bite of the famed cheese scone echoes their commitment to quality and community. The name "The Penny" signifies that small efforts, like pennies, accumulate to create a significant impact. With a rustic ambiance, they're open daily, offering a taste of Mission's heart. Whether you're grabbing their must-try caramel macchiato or seeking a gathering spot, the Penny stands as a testament to unity and purpose.


The Blackberry Kitchen

Nestled in the picturesque Fraser River Heritage Park, the Blackberry Kitchen offers a dining experience that marries city style with valley casual. With 30 years of culinary expertise, Chef Kerry transforms locally sourced ingredients into masterpieces, from the Farm House Bennie for breakfast to the rare-seared duck breast for dinner. The log cabin ambiance, complemented by panoramic mountain views, sets the stage for dishes like the buttermilk fried chicken waffle drizzled with organic Quebec maple syrup. Sustainability is at their core, with home-grown herbs and eco-friendly practices. And for dessert? Their unforgettable cheesecake.


Embers BBQ House

Embers BBQ House is a family-owned gem that's been serving authentic BBQ delights for over 15 years. With an open kitchen concept, dining at Embers is not just about savouring a meal, but experiencing the art of cooking. Their signature slow-roasted pulled pork takes centre stage in dishes like the pulled pork wrap, while their ribs smothered in homemade BBQ sauce and unique sweet sticky wings keep Missionites coming back. Embers' commitment to authenticity shines through their freshly baked bread, made from scratch daily. Rooted in Portuguese cooking traditions and using top-quality ingredients, Embers promises hearty portions at friendly prices.

School's in session.

Mission's school district reflects the town's commitment to providing quality education to its residents. With a mix of public and private institutions, families have a variety of options to choose from. School District Number 75 oversees 13 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and one secondary school, along with alternative education at the Fraserview Learning Centre, distance learning and career programs at Riverside College.

Learn more about the schools, programs, and services available in Mission on the school board’s website.

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