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Overview of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

Maple Ridge is a District Municipality in British Columbia, located east of Vancouver. Nestled below the Blue Mountain on the north bank of the Fraser River, the community of Maple Ridge proudly boasts a rich heritage of First Nations and pioneer history, much of which has been well preserved.

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  • Population: 70,411
  • Population Density: 237.8 km²
  • Area: 265.69 km²
  • Latitude: 49°13? N
  • Longitude: 122°35? W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Language: English
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History of Maple Ridge, British Columbia

The District of Maple Ridge was incorporated September 12, 1874, and is British Columbia`s fifth-oldest municipality (after New Westminster, Victoria, Langley, and Chilliwack) Maple Ridge is named after the farm of John McIver, who settled on a ridge above the Fraser River in 1860. With an abundance of broad-leafed western maple trees on his fertile land, McIver named his farm Maple Ridge.

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Maple Ridge's Demographics

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Maple Ridge's Climate

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Education in Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Public elementary and secondary schools are administered by School District 42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. Meadowridge School, a JK-12 independent school, is also located in Maple Ridge.

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Transportation around Maple Ridge, British Columbia

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Tourism and Attractions of Maple Ridge

Take a glimpse at the years past at the Maple Ridge Museum, check out the Maple Ridge Art Gallery. The area also offers a number of beautiful golf courses with the Meadow Gardens Golf Course being one of the most popular. Maple Ridge is the Horse Capital of British Columbia, with a network of riding trails that encompasses over 100 kilometers of local riding and hiking trails.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Maple Ridge
  • Albion
  • Haney
  • Port Hammond
  • Ruskin
  • Silver Valley
  • Websters Corners
  • Whonnock
  • Yennadon

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Geography of Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Maple Ridge is located on the north bank of the Fraser River, on both sides of the Lougheed Highway (Highway 7), 42 km east of Vancouver. To the west of Maple Ridge is the community of Pitt Meadows.

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Maple Ridge's Government

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Maple Ridge's Economy and Industry

The early settlers in Maple Ridge engaged in forestry and agriculture. Forestry companies continue to be the largest private-sector employers in the district. The soil and climate are not well-suited to the production of traditional food crops, but the Maple Ridge agriculture sector generates upwards of $40 million annually (2001), largely from berry crops, nurseries and horse breeding. The biggest challenge for the District is to attract commercial and industrial investment while trying to preserve the ‘close to nature' feel that is Maple Ridge`s biggest asset.

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Maple Ridge's Culture and Significant Events

A long-running event in Maple Ridge is the Maple Ridge Agricultural Fair, held during the fourth weekend in July, features traditional logging sports, plus a Logging Show, Flyball Dog Tournament, the P.N.E. Youth Talent Search, Jackpot Cattle Penning, and 4-H Shows.

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Sports in Maple Ridge, British Columbia

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Media of Maple Ridge

The Maple Ridge News is a weekly newspaper that covers community events, local and world news and business. The Maple Ridge Times is a newspaper that is published twice weekly and keeps the residents of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows up to date on local and world news.

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