The municipality of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada (and Mission) is located in the northeastern section of Metro Vancouver (Vancouver Lower Mainland). The popular catchphrases for describing Maple Ridge area include "Rivers of Bounty, Peaks of Gold", "Deep Roots, Greater Heights" and the "City of Festivals".
The community is situated on the northern banks of the Fraser River, backed by the peaks of the Golden Ears Mountains. To the west of Maple Ridge, BC is the community of Pitt Meadows and to the east is the community of Mission. Located on the other side of the Golden Ears Bridge, to the south, is the community of Langley.
The cultural influence in Maple Ridge is represented throughout the Vancouver municipality in its neighbourhoods, shops and places of worship. The municipality is divided into various cultural districts. They include Haney, Kanaka Creek, Albion, Thornhill, Port Hammond, Silver Valley, Whonnock, Yennadon, Webster's Corner, Iron Mountain and Ruskin.
The banks of the Fraser River and the surrounding fertile land were once the homes and feeding grounds for the First Nation people of British Columbia, Canada. In the Maple Ridge region it was the Katzie and Whonnock First Nation people who thrived off the land.
The European settlers arrived and began to farm the land in the late 1800s. John McIver was one of the first to settle in the region first establishing a plot of land on the banks of the Fraser River.
Today, Maple Ridge is an agricultural community with many big city services. Some of the more popular services important to travelers include accommodations, restaurants, gas stations, banks, tours, internet, attractions, grocery stores, coffee shops, big box stores, shopping mall, boutique shops and transportation (rental cars, taxi, bus and sky train).
Because of the agricultural landscape Maple Ridge enjoys a selection of farm markets, garden centres and various agricultural enterprises. Every year the harvest produce quality items like cranberries, hazelnuts, seafood, organic goods, deli, wines, preserves, baked goods, honey, bedding plants and specialty trees.
Maple Ridge is home to many events and enjoys some impressive cultural venues and high-end facilities. Some of the more popular venues attracting Vancouver visitors to the region include an arts centre, theatres, outdoor bandstand, a museum, art galleries and the 1878 Haney House Historical Site.
There are over 90+ parks, trails and green space areas in the and around the community of Maple Ridge. Combine Maple Ridge with, nearby, Pitt Meadows and there are over 48+ kilometres of dykes to explore.
Some of the more popular Vancouver parks, trails and green space areas in Maple Ridge include the Golden Ears Provincial Park, Rolley Lake Provincial Park, Kanaka Creek Regional Park, Whonnock Lake , Maple Ridge Park and Malcolmn Knapp Research Forest.
The tour companies, parks, waterways and community pathways provide many opportunities for adventure including activities like hiking, fishing, sky diving, birdwatching, cycling, mountain biking, boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, horseback riding, golfing, flightseeing, swimming, camping and picnicking.
In the winter months the local trails are used for cross country skiing. At the higher elevations in the mountainous parks nearby travelers can enjoy a day of snowshoeing, ice fishing and snowmobiling.