Living in the Valley
The Fraser Valley
There’s more to living in the British Columbia’s beautiful Fraser Valley than a lower cost of living and affordable housing. The Fraser Valley is an ideal place to raise a family, run a business and live life. With offices located in Chilliwack, Langley and Abbotsford, our lawyers and staff get to take advantage of the best that the area has to offer. They can live, work and play right here.
Chilliwack is situated approximately 100 km east of Vancouver, and has a population of approximately 78,000. Chilliwack is a scenic and dynamic community that offers residents and visitors a comfortable blend of town and country. Chilliwack was recently designated as B.C.’s warmest city with an average temperature of 10.5°.
Recreational opportunities in Chilliwack are varied and extensive. For the avid golfer, there are numerous local courses to choose from. If you are a hockey enthusiast, the local Junior A Chilliwack Chiefs team plays in Prospera Centre. If it’s boating, fishing and swimming you’re looking for there are unlimited opportunities at Cultus Lake, Harrison Lake, the Fraser River and a multitude of other lakes in the near vicinity. Chilliwack also boasts one of the very few public equestrian parks in the Province located right beside the Fraser River. Nestled between various mountain ranges, hiking trails are endless. Skiing is a short distance away with two resorts to choose from www.hemlock.com and www.manningpark.com. Various artistic events and attractions are numerous as well with the world famous Minter Gardens and Harrison Hot Springs just to the East.
The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) hosts a large campus here in Chilliwack as well as Abbotsford and Mission (with regional centres in Hope and Agassiz). UFV enrolls over 11,000 students per year and is larger than half the universities in Canada. A new state-of-the-art Trades & Technology Centre opened in 2008.
Langley is made up of two municipalities, Langley City and the Township of Langley, and has a combined population of over 100,000. Boasting an abundance of agriculture land, Langley has an extensive equestrian community and has earned a reputation as the “Horse Capital of BC”. Recreation is plentiful with numerous parks, biking trails and the Fraser River. Langley is also home to a number of wineries, the Greater Vancouver Zoo, a casino with a 450 seat show lounge and state of the art Events Centre. This Events Centre is home to the Junior A Langley Rivermen hockey team and the Trinity Western University’s Spartans Athletics.
The Village of Fort Langley is located within the Township of Langley, and is recognized as the birthplace of British Columbia. The community has experienced significant recent growth and is a definite destination for history lovers with two museums, the Fort Langley Historic Site, and a host of antique shops to peruse.
Post Secondary educational opportunities are unlimited with a choice of the local Trinity Western University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. An SFU Campus is in nearby Surrey.
Situated between Langley and Chilliwack, in the heart of the Fraser Valley, is the thriving community of Abbotsford. With an excess of 130,000 residents, Abbotsford is currently the 5th largest growing municipality in British Columbia. Abbotsford residents enjoy a blend of urban and country lifestyles.
Abbotsford boasts an International Airport that is rapidly expanding its flight destinations. It is also home to the annual Abbotsford International Air Show (www.abbotsfordairshow.com). The Abbotsford Tradex Centre is right next door. This Tradex Centre is the 2nd largest facility of its kind in British Columbia with over 120,000 square feet of exhibition space hosting 100 events annually.
Abbotsford has a new Entertainment & Sports Centre which showcases many well known artists & concerts.
The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) has its main campus in Abbotsford enrolling approximately 11,000 students per year. They offer 13 Bachelor Degrees, 1 Masters Degree and over 80 certificate and diploma programs. They also offer a unique Career Technical Centre that offers 10 programs for students to begin their post secondary education while still completing their high school program.
Abbotsford is also home to the Agrifair, and the new Abbotsford Regional Health and Cancer Centre.