Mission, British Columbia

What is Mission, British Columbia known for?


sports association

Its Census Metropolitan Area, which includes the District of Mission (Mission, British Columbia), is the 23rd largest in Canada, with 170,191 people (2011). Abbotsford has the third highest proportion of visible minorities among Census Metropolitan Areas in Canada, after the Greater Toronto Area and Greater Vancouver.


commercial strip

of 1894 a few years after the town's founding, the core was relocated just north of the rail line at the foot of the hillside rising above the rail junction. This small commercial strip, originally named Washington Avenue, later Main Street and since the 1980s called First Avenue, is only four or five blocks long and was one of the principal commercial centres of the Fraser Valley for many decades and had a lively retail trade and social life. Following the 1894 flood, abandoned buildings and lots


big red

. Geography Unlike the other Fraser Valley municipalities, Mission is mostly forested upland with only small floodplains lining the shore of the Fraser River. Some benches of farmland rise in succession northwards above the core developed area of the city. Mission was once the heart of the berry industry in the Fraser Valley, with "Home of the Big Red Strawberry" as Mission's slogan in the 1930s and into the 1940s. The more southerly portion of the municipality is bounded on the west


big band

33840 1 ''' People Notable former or current residents include: *1976 Olympic silver medalist swimmer Gary MacDonald (Gary MacDonald (swimmer)) *Matthew Good, award-winning rock musician. *Big band era musician Mart Kenney and his wife, Norma Locke *singer-songwriter and Juno nominee Paul Janz *2005 CFOX (CFOX-FM) Seeds winner Dave Faber and Ray Bull of 604 (604 Records) recording artist Faber Drive *1988 Olympic (1988 Winter Olympics) Short track speed


annual summer

annual summer party, the Strawberry Festival. The Strawberry Festival began in 1946, when it was suggested by the Board of Trade. But with the impacts on this industry (relocation (Japanese Canadian Internment) of the Japanese during wartime and the devastating flood (Fraser River#Flooding) of 1948), the strawberry theme was abandoned. The town acquired the rights to the Western Canada championships of the Soap Box Derby, which were held annually in a specially built facility until 1973; the Derby has been revived in the new millennium. Mission's other major industry was logging, and the town's several mills were noted for being the world's largest suppliers of red cedar shake (shake (shingle))s and shingles. The District of Mission has operated for many years its own tree farm, covering most of its northern and northwestern mountainous forests. This tree farm served as a model for silvicultural management on a larger scale throughout British Columbia as well as provided a unique income source for the municipality. From 1967 through the 1970s the Soap Box Derby shared Dominion Day with a large Loggers Sports event, one of the largest in British Columbia and important on the North American Loggers Sports Association circuit. In the 1960s and 1970s there was a large cluster of productive mills on the waterfront in Mission, for many years world capital of red cedar shake production (the mill at Whonnock (Whonnock, British Columbia) outproduced the largest of the Mission mills, but Mission's city of mills was the largest overall producer). Nearby Eddy Match Co., between Mission and Hatzic, was the largest matchstick-making plant in the world until it closed in the 1960s; its only rival was in Hull, Quebec. Adjoining it was the Empress Foods Co. cannery, the survivor of the struggles of the berry industry in the Central Fraser Valley, and dating from the days of Mission's supremacy as strawberry capital of the valley before the 1948 Fraser River flood wiped it out. In more recent times one of these buildings was for a while converted into the province's largest marijuana (cannabis (drug)) grow-op, in a scandal involving one of the town's wealthiest families. Mission is noted as the home of a long-established professional dragstrip, Mission Raceway Park, which was moved in relatively recent times outside the dyking of the lower part of town to reduce noise in residential and commercial areas nearby. In 1972 a large tract of land in central Mission's Ferndale area, flat upland at the top of the slope above downtown, was acquired by the federal government and developed into two large penal facilities. One is a minimum (Ferndale Institution) security facility, and the other is a medium security (Mission Institution) prison. The northern part of the district, and the wilds of the Stave River basin to the north of it, are home to a few wilderness work camps for young offenders and low-risk convicts; these camps have over recent decades participated in the ongoing clearing of vast forests of flooded-out trees from the inundated areas of Stave Lake, opening the lake to water recreation and public exploration. Economy Forestry, hydroelectricity and agriculture are Mission's chief resource sectors and provide the basis for varied related retail and service activities. Over the past few years, transportation improvements have enabled the manufacturing sector to expand beyond sawmilling and food processing. Forest and wood related industries dominate the manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on redcedar (Western Redcedar) shake and shingle mills. Mission also holds the only municipal tree farm license in British Columbia. Agriculture is mostly restricted to a narrow belt along the Fraser River, and the unincorporated Dewdney-Deroche district east of Mission contains the majority of the farms in the area. There are about 96 commercial and hobby farms in the area. Dairy is the chief agricultural enterprise; other income sources include poultry, hogs, beef and vegetables. Mission's largest employer is the local school district, School District #75, and its second largest employer is the District (i.e. the municipality) itself. Transportation Mission is served by the Central Fraser Valley Transit System, connecting the District of Mission with the City of Abbotsford (Abbotsford, British Columbia). The Valley Connector bus is operated by BC Transit, the City of Abbotsford and the District of Mission. Transportation infrastructure includes Abbotsford-Mission Highway 11 (British Columbia Highway 11), and the Lougheed Highway 7 (British Columbia Highway 7). Mission is also accessible through commuter rail, the West Coast Express, which runs five trains a day, five days a week, between Vancouver and Mission City Station. Three days per week Via Rail's ''The Canadian'' provides eastbound flag stop service from Mission Harbour railway station. Mission differs from some of the other Fraser Valley Communities because of its access to the Fraser River. The Fraser near Mission is for the most part undeveloped and unspoiled which makes Mission the perfect launch point for the water based activities that happen there year round. Soft adventure jet boat eco tours run from Mission as well as some of the best salmon or sturgeon fishing expeditions in North America. The Mission Waterfront is also at the early stages of development. '''Coquitlam Central Station''' is a station on the West Coast Express commuter rail line connecting Vancouver to Mission, British Columbia, Canada. The station is located on the north side of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) tracks in Coquitlam, just west of the Lougheed Highway (British Columbia Highway 7) rail overpass, near the Coquitlam Centre shopping mall. The adjacent bus loop opened in the early 1990s, while the train station opened in 1995, when the West Coast Express began operating. 614 parking spaces are available on site. All services are operated by TransLink (TransLink (British Columbia)). Canadian Idol's official top 3 competitors, including top three's eliminated Carly Rae Jepson (w:Carly Rae Jepson) from Mission, British Columbia (w:Mission, British Columbia), are set to have an "Idol Winner's" tour across 15 Canadian cities this fall. The tour will start November 18, 2007 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (w:Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island). They are expected to tour cities in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. It finishes with a final show in Edmonton, Alberta (w:Edmonton, Alberta) on December 12, 2007.


small commercial

The western part of the district, the Stave Valley, is largely rural and forested but its watercourse is home to what was the largest hydroelectric project in British Columbia until the Bridge River Power Project opened in 1961. It was built by the British Columbia Electric Railway (BCER) to provide power to the electric street railway and interurban system in Vancouver. The Stave Falls Power Co. operated a light-gauge railway for passenger and freight service up the lower canyon of the river to the dam (Stave Falls Dam) at Stave Falls. During the construction of the Ruskin Dam (completed 1931) the railway was rebuilt at a higher elevation so as to skirt the new Hayward Lake reservoir. The rail line has long been discontinued, but the old grade and its trestles are now part of a recreation trail circling the reservoir. Flanking the outraces of the powerhouse at Stave Falls there was once a fairly large community (300 houses), which was served by the railway via connections to the CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway) line at Ruskin (Ruskin, British Columbia), although the (then very


short track

33840 1 ''' People Notable former or current residents include: *1976 Olympic silver medalist swimmer Gary MacDonald (Gary MacDonald (swimmer)) *Matthew Good, award-winning rock musician. *Big band era musician Mart Kenney and his wife, Norma Locke *singer-songwriter and Juno nominee Paul Janz *2005 CFOX (CFOX-FM) Seeds winner Dave Faber and Ray Bull of 604 (604 Records) recording artist Faber Drive *1988 Olympic (1988 Winter Olympics) Short track speed

skating short-track speedskater Eden Donatelli *Swimmer Brent Hayden (Canadian 100m freestyle record holder, 2007 100m world freestyle champion, 2004 & 2008 Olympic athlete, 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist) *Actor Graham Wardle is Eden Donatelli's cousin and is a member of the Donatelli clan of the Silverdale area *WNBA (Sacramento Monarchs) basketball player Kim Smith (Kim Smith (basketball)) *1996 and 2000 Olympic swimmer Shannon Shakespeare *Pop singer and Canadian Idol


strong presence

is the only interregional commuter railway (Commuter rail in North America) in British


sports event

a unique income source for the municipality. From 1967 through the 1970s the Soap Box Derby shared Dominion Day with a large Loggers Sports event, one of the largest in British Columbia and important on the North American Loggers Sports Association circuit. In the 1960s and 1970s there was a large cluster of productive mills on the waterfront in Mission, for many years world capital of red cedar shake production (the mill at Whonnock (Whonnock, British Columbia) outproduced the largest of the Mission mills, but Mission's city of mills was the largest overall producer). Nearby Eddy Match Co., between Mission and Hatzic, was the largest matchstick-making plant in the world until it closed in the 1960s; its only rival was in Hull, Quebec. Adjoining it was the Empress Foods Co. cannery, the survivor of the struggles of the berry industry in the Central Fraser Valley, and dating from the days of Mission's supremacy as strawberry capital of the valley before the 1948 Fraser River flood wiped it out. In more recent times one of these buildings was for a while converted into the province's largest marijuana (cannabis (drug)) grow-op, in a scandal involving one of the town's wealthiest families. Mission is noted as the home of a long-established professional dragstrip, Mission Raceway Park, which was moved in relatively recent times outside the dyking of the lower part of town to reduce noise in residential and commercial areas nearby. In 1972 a large tract of land in central Mission's Ferndale area, flat upland at the top of the slope above downtown, was acquired by the federal government and developed into two large penal facilities. One is a minimum (Ferndale Institution) security facility, and the other is a medium security (Mission Institution) prison. The northern part of the district, and the wilds of the Stave River basin to the north of it, are home to a few wilderness work camps for young offenders and low-risk convicts; these camps have over recent decades participated in the ongoing clearing of vast forests of flooded-out trees from the inundated areas of Stave Lake, opening the lake to water recreation and public exploration. Economy Forestry, hydroelectricity and agriculture are Mission's chief resource sectors and provide the basis for varied related retail and service activities. Over the past few years, transportation improvements have enabled the manufacturing sector to expand beyond sawmilling and food processing. Forest and wood related industries dominate the manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on redcedar (Western Redcedar) shake and shingle mills. Mission also holds the only municipal tree farm license in British Columbia. Agriculture is mostly restricted to a narrow belt along the Fraser River, and the unincorporated Dewdney-Deroche district east of Mission contains the majority of the farms in the area. There are about 96 commercial and hobby farms in the area. Dairy is the chief agricultural enterprise; other income sources include poultry, hogs, beef and vegetables. Mission's largest employer is the local school district, School District #75, and its second largest employer is the District (i.e. the municipality) itself. Transportation Mission is served by the Central Fraser Valley Transit System, connecting the District of Mission with the City of Abbotsford (Abbotsford, British Columbia). The Valley Connector bus is operated by BC Transit, the City of Abbotsford and the District of Mission. Transportation infrastructure includes Abbotsford-Mission Highway 11 (British Columbia Highway 11), and the Lougheed Highway 7 (British Columbia Highway 7). Mission is also accessible through commuter rail, the West Coast Express, which runs five trains a day, five days a week, between Vancouver and Mission City Station. Three days per week Via Rail's ''The Canadian'' provides eastbound flag stop service from Mission Harbour railway station. Mission differs from some of the other Fraser Valley Communities because of its access to the Fraser River. The Fraser near Mission is for the most part undeveloped and unspoiled which makes Mission the perfect launch point for the water based activities that happen there year round. Soft adventure jet boat eco tours run from Mission as well as some of the best salmon or sturgeon fishing expeditions in North America. The Mission Waterfront is also at the early stages of development. '''Coquitlam Central Station''' is a station on the West Coast Express commuter rail line connecting Vancouver to Mission, British Columbia, Canada. The station is located on the north side of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) tracks in Coquitlam, just west of the Lougheed Highway (British Columbia Highway 7) rail overpass, near the Coquitlam Centre shopping mall. The adjacent bus loop opened in the early 1990s, while the train station opened in 1995, when the West Coast Express began operating. 614 parking spaces are available on site. All services are operated by TransLink (TransLink (British Columbia)). Canadian Idol's official top 3 competitors, including top three's eliminated Carly Rae Jepson (w:Carly Rae Jepson) from Mission, British Columbia (w:Mission, British Columbia), are set to have an "Idol Winner's" tour across 15 Canadian cities this fall. The tour will start November 18, 2007 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (w:Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island). They are expected to tour cities in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. It finishes with a final show in Edmonton, Alberta (w:Edmonton, Alberta) on December 12, 2007.


winning rock

33840 1 ''' People Notable former or current residents include: *1976 Olympic silver medalist swimmer Gary MacDonald (Gary MacDonald (swimmer)) *Matthew Good, award-winning rock musician. *Big band era musician Mart Kenney and his wife, Norma Locke *singer-songwriter and Juno nominee Paul Janz *2005 CFOX (CFOX-FM) Seeds winner Dave Faber and Ray Bull of 604 (604 Records) recording artist Faber Drive *1988 Olympic (1988 Winter Olympics) Short track speed

Mission, British Columbia

'''Mission''', the core of which was formerly also known as '''Mission City''', is a district municipality in the province (Provinces and territories of Canada) of British Columbia, Canada. It is situated on the north bank of the Fraser River where it backs onto mountains and lakes overlooking the Fraser Valley. It is part of the Central Fraser Valley (Fraser Valley) . This district municipality is eighty kilometres southeast of Vancouver. Mission is the 23rd largest municipality in British Columbia, with a population of 36,426 (2011). It was incorporated in 1892 and is in size. In 1922 the District of Mission was partitioned by the creation of the Village of Mission, which later became the Village of Mission City, then the Town of Mission City, until amalgamated with the District by plebiscite in 1969.

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