July 7, 2012

Mission takes its name from the religious outpost established here in 1868 by the Oblates of Mary the Immaculate. An abbey still towers over the community, but it's now run by a different order, the Benedictines.

The community is best known for its picturesque riverfront vistas and recreational opportunities. Mission has several organic farms nearby, including Silverhill Orchard, a destination for its heritage apples. Its proximity to Silvermere, Hayward, and Stave lakes, as well as the Fraser River, means that Mission has an abundance of recreational opportunities.

What was once a logging community is today a desirable and fast-growing suburb of both Abbotsford and Vancouver, to which it is connected by the West Coast Express commuter rail service. The lumber mills that played an important role in the North Fraser economy continue to operate, but Mission is steadily attracting new residents drawn by the combination of a beautiful setting and inexpensive housing. Average home prices have typically trended below neighbouring municipalities thanks to Mission's relative separation from the rest of the Lower Mainland. Average price in 2010 was $385,536, with apartment prices at an affordable $191,170. View Mission MLS listings!

Mission Amenities

Mission Shopping

A rustic neighbour to Abbotsford, Mission has its own collection of shops and services that make it self-sufficient. While the area's major retail hub is Abbotsford, Mission does have major grocers and several well-known national retailers.

In addition, locally run shops and services lend a hometown feel to the community. The weekly Mission City Farmers' Market brings local produce to town, and many local farms operate stands throughout the rest of the week.

Schools and Education in Mission

Elementary schools

Secondary schools

Mission Cafés and restaurants

Mission hosts an eclectic variety of restaurants with a mix of cosmopolitan flair and down-to-earth appeal, but White Spot and other chain fare is also available. Coffee from local fave Grab-a-Java complements the offerings of Tim Hortons and Starbucks.

Mission Sports and recreation

Public facilities complement extensive natural resources in Mission's regional parks, including Cascade Falls and Dewdney Nature Regional Park. Trails wind into the wilderness north of the Fraser River, as well as along the riverfront, offering cyclists, hikers and photographers opportunities to indulge their passions. Matsqui Trail offers further opportunities along its 26 kilometres of paths.

Mission Transportation

Transit is operated in Mission (as well as neighbouring Abbotsford) by First Canada as part of the Central Fraser Valley transit system. West Coast Express, a commuter rail service, runs from Downtown Vancouver to its terminus here. A 20-minute drive south across the bridge connecting Mission to Abbotsford takes one to the Highway 1, the main east-west route through the Fraser Valley.

Mission Property Statistics

Home prices*
Houses $385,536
Townhouses $249,385
Condos $191,170

*Source: Fraser Valley Real Estate Board average sales prices (2010)

Mission Demographics

Population* 37,574(2010) *Source: BC Statistics

60+ 14.9%
40 to 59 31.3%
20 to 39 25.6%
5 to 19 22.2%
0 to 4 5.9%

*Source: BC Statistics

Fully owned 76.4% ("Owners")
Rented 23.6%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Detached 69.4% ("Houses")
Semi-detached 6.0%
Apartments 23.5%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Neighbourhoods surrounding Mission