Chilliwack Area Information

July 12, 2011

Chilliwack is the major urban centre between Abbotsford (30 minutes west of Chilliwack) and Hope.

Once the centre of the B.C. hops industry, the city that gave its name to a popular 1970s Canadian rock band is now a residential community outgrowing its humble agricultural past in favour of housing and industry. Entrepreneurs from further west in the Fraser Valley have been drawn here by the area's supply of cheap land which also makes it popular with homebuilders.

Good jobs and affordable housing make the city a popular destination. Throw in shopping and proximity to popular recreational destinations such as Harrison Hot Springs and Cultus Lake, and Chilliwack is close to the ideal of complete, compact communities urban planners dream of creating.

Chilliwack median home prices at the start of 2011 ran between $145,000 for condos to $315,550 for houses, with a range in pricing in subareas. View Chilliwack MLS® listings and upcoming open houses.

Chilliwack Amenities

Chilliwack Shopping

Cottonwood Mall dominates the Chilliwack retail landscape, but the city's historic centre offers plenty of boutiques and locally owned shops. The city may offer many of the same national retailers as neighbouring Abbotsford, but it hasn't lost the small-town charm that makes the city a desirable alternative to its larger neighbour. Most shops are conveniently located off Highway 1.

Schools and Education in Chilliwack

Elementary schools

Middle schools

Secondary schools

Chilliwack Cafés and Restaurants

Well-known chain restaurants and coffee shops are part of the Chilliwack landscape alongside locally run venues such as Decades Coffee and Chilies Thai cuisine. Sushi is common, but for an authentic Fraser Valley experience, try historic Royal Hotel for a taste of tradition or Shandar Hut, with its South Asian fare. A surprising array of options exists in the community to satisfy almost any taste.

Chilliwack Sports and Recreation

Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre and Cheam Leisure Centre are among the public recreation facilities in Chilliwack. Golf courses and trail networks also provide opportunities for recreation. Cycling and horseback riding through the Fraser Valley is also popular, while Cultus Lake and the Fraser River offer opportunities for swimming and fishing. Harrison Hot Springs, of course, is Chilliwack's local resort community, while Cultus Lake draws campers and picnickers throughout the summer.

Chilliwack Transportation

First Canada operates transit service in the Chilliwack area, with its network connecting the city centre with Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs. Greyhound buses connect Chilliwack with Abbotsford, Vancouver and communities in the B.C. Interior, while Highway 1 is the main east-west thoroughfare through the region.

Chilliwack Property Statistics

Home prices*
Houses $315,550
Townhouses $240,000
Apartments $145,000

*Source: Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board median sales prices (2011, first quarter)

Chilliwack Demographics

Population* 77,975 (2010) *Source: BC Statistics Canada

60+ 20.7%
40 to 59 27.8%
20 to 39 23.8%
5 to 19 21.5%
0 to 4 6.3%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Fully owned 75.3% ("Owners")
Rented 24.7%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Detached 62.0% ("Houses")
Semi-detached 14.9%
Apartments 22.2%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Neighbourhoods surrounding Chilliwack