Maple RidgeFraser Valley of British Columbia. Haney, an eastern district of Maple Ridge, has a century-long history as a commercial centre.
- Haney (downtown)
- Iron Mountain
- Kanaka Creek
- Port Hammond
- Silver Valley
- Webster's Corners
Port Haney, on the Fraser River to the southwest of downtown Haney, is the site of the West Coast Express commuter rail station. It is a heritage district created to protect some of the remaining buildings from earlier times. In addition to buildings already on-site when this was the steamboat landing and the Canadian Pacific Railway station, other heritage buildings from around the City of Maple Ridge were relocated to Port Haney to preserve them and enhance the heritage flavour of the location.
Early settlers in Maple Ridge engaged in forestry and agriculture. Forestry companies continue to be the largest private-sector employers in the district. They include companies that manufacture building materials, yachts and poles. The soil and climate are not well-suited to the production of traditional food crops, but berry crops, nurseries and horse breeding are profitable sectors.
The City of Maple Ridge has become a popular location for feature films and television series. On almost any day there is a film or TV crew working in the city. The Ridge Film Studios is in an old retail space in the downtown and serves as a set location for episodic television programs. Maple Ridge's film roots go back to the 1970s when scenes for the feature film Rambo were shot here. Over time the city has become a background for a number of films and TV series including The X-Files, Bordertown, Smallville, Bird on a Wire, We're No Angels, Percy Jackson & the Lightening Thief, and Stargate SG-1.
By carMaple Ridge lies along Highway 7 and can be accessed from the west via Pitt Meadows or from the east via Mission. From Highway 1, you can take the 176th St. and 192nd St. (eastbound only) exits in Surrey, or the 200th St. exit in Langley and cross the Golden Ears Bridge into Maple Ridge.
By transitTransLink provides public transit services to Maple Ridge, including buses and the West Coast Express. Haney Place Exchange is the main bus exchange, with every bus line in Maple Ridge stopping here at some point along its route. The standard bus fare is .
By airFrom Vancouver or its airport (YVR), expect at least a one-hour commute by car during off peak hours, or over two hours by bus.
The Pitt Meadows Regional Airport is the only Fraser Valley airport (other than water airports) on the Fraser River's north side. It is 2.5 km (1.6 mi) east of the confluence of the Pitt and Fraser rivers, and serves the area north of the Fraser River from Mission up to and including Vancouver.
Abbotsford International Airport, which is 40 km (25 mi) away in Abbotsford, offers flights daily throughout Canada and to the Caribbean and the United States.
There are also a few cab companies based in Maple Ridge.
phone: +1 604-476-2787address: 11944 Haney PlaceThe principal venue for performing arts in Maple Ridge. The ACT has received a gold certification from the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program.
The Maple Ridge Art Galleryaddress: 11944 Haney PlaceFocusing on local artists and art students.
Maple Ridge is the home of the Maple Ridge Concert Band, a community concert band that has been in existence for over 50 years.
Golden Ears Provincial ParkPlenty of easy to moderate hiking trails, as well as a day-use area for swimming and boating.
- There are several kilometres worth of dykes to the north, along the Alouette River and other smaller streams and sloughs.
address: 23588 105th AvenueA large, state-of-the-art skating arena. It is used mostly for amateur hockey teams, but offers public skating several times per week.
- Go horseback riding at one of the many equestrian centres in Maple Ridge. The town prides itself as "horse country" and it is not uncommon to see people riding horses on the dykes, the trails at Golden Ears Park, or even on the roads.
- Festivals and annual parades: the Santa Claus Parade & Christmas in the Park, Earth Day celebrations in Memorial Peace Park, Canada Day in Memorial Peace Park, GETI Fest in Memorial Peace Park, AdStock Music Festival in Memorial Peace Park, Aboriginal Day celebrations in Memorial Peace Park, the Celebrate the Night Halloween & Fireworks event at Memorial Peace Park, the Caribbean Festival at the Albion Fairgrounds and the one of the longest running agricultural fairs in BC, Country Fest at the fairgrounds.
- One of the largest Remembrance Day celebrations in the Lower Mainland each November 11 at Memorial Peace Park. The event is hosted by the Royal Canadian legion Branch #88 and boasts annual attendance of over 2000 local residents for the parade of veterans and first responders and moving Cenotaph ceremony.
address: 11900 Haney PlaceThe biggest shopping centre in Maple Ridge, but that isn't saying much. Not by any means an impressive mall with only a couple dozen stores or so.
- Check out some of the locally owned shops in the downtown core, within walking distance of Haney Place Mall.
- The Haney Farmers Market runs every Saturday from 9AM until 2PM starting in May through to October at Memorial Peace Park.
phone: +1 604-467-6002, +1 604-467-6007 (cafe)address: 22355 River Road, Port HaneyPub food in a charming, historic building overlooking the Fraser River. A range of local beers on tap. Menu is long on burgers and pizza, with vegetarian and vegan options. Minors are welcome in the cafe next door, and the same food (and drink) is served in both places.
phone: +1 604-463-9817address: 23963 Lougheed HwySpecializing in fresh, wild salmon from their gillnetters and smoked salmon prepared according to our own traditional family smoking methods. They also offer a wide variety of other seafood, gourmet groceries, conventional and organic produce, and a deli.
Big Feastphone: +1 604-477-4334address: 11920 227 St, Maple Ridge
phone: +1 604-476-1008address: 12968 232nd StreetA popular neighbourhood pub.
address: 21650 Lougheed HighwayFree Wifi, parking, and breakfast. Pool. Non-smoking hotel. Suites. Fitness centre.
Econo Lodge Maple RidgeFree continental breakfast, WiFi, and parking. Indoor hot tub and sauna. Fitness center. All guest rooms are furnished with coffee makers, desks, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. Rooms that also have microwaves, refrigerators and whirlpool bathtubs can be requested. A coffee shop and laundry facilities are on the premises. Pet-friendly hotel.
The area around Highway 224 and Lougheed is friendly although a bit backward in a lot of ways. There is a problem with an abundance of drug users, drunks, beggars, etc. Look where you are going and common sense applies.