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45835 Spadina Ave
Chilliwack BC
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COMMUNITY PROFILE
Cradled in the lap of the fertile Fraser Valley, and surrounded by the stately Cascade Mountains, the charming City of Chilliwack, with a growing and vibrant population of 87,000, radiates that warm, “home town feeling”. Important assets to our city are three rural settlements: Greendale, Rosedale, and Yarrow. At the center of our city’s life is the great Native Sto: lo Nation.
The following condensed information for your perusal will briefly describe our city in the areas of: Population/Ethnicity, Transportation, Health, Education, Economics/Housing, Arts/Recreation, Tourism, and Religion.
The City of Chilliwack continues to attract new residents at a record pace. A breakdown by age reveals the following Stats: 0-20 yrs. (21,000), 20-50 yrs. (30,000), 50-65 yrs. (23,000), 65 yrs plus (13,000). Immigrants from various countries are able to maintain their cultural identity and create micro – communities adding a delightful diversity to a city that embraces inclusiveness.
The city offers a variety of transportation services. We are just one hour (100kms) from Vancouver, 30 minutes, (34kms) from the U.S. Border, (2.3 hours from Seattle). Our immediate neighbors are Abbotsford, (34kms) to the west, and Hope, (30kms) to the east. Our local transportation services include city buses, Grey Hound Bus Lines and the Chilliwack Airport which offers pilot training and recreational flights. Noteworthy, is our close proximity to the Abbotsford International Airport with 24 hour West Jet direct flight services to interprovincial stops and major connections to North American and European destinations. Vancouver International Airport is 1.5 hours away. Vancouver Island and other coastal islands are serviced by B.C. Ferries.
Health care and services are paramount to the residents of the City of Chilliwack. At present, the expansion of the Chilliwack General Hospital is in progress, and will include tripling the E.R. facilities to be completed by 2010. Other health services such as, Mental Health, Community Services, residential care facilities, etc., are readily available for all ages and circumstances. We have a total of 101 physicians, 43 dentists and three outpatient clinics. Just 30 minutes away, in the city of Abbotsford is the brand new Abbotsford Regional Hospital and the “state of the art’ new Cancer Clinic.
Education is another top priority for the residents of our city. Upgraded last year from college status, the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) now offers degrees in the health sciences such as registered and practical nursing, dental assistant, as well as specialized training in agriculture, business, technology and trades. The established Education Park has become a training base for the R.C.M.P., Canada Border Services, as well as home to the Justice Institute of B.C. There are 20 public schools, (K-6) five middle schools, (7-9), one middle/secondary school (7-12), two secondary schools (10-12), and 10 private schools. For pre-schoolers, there are 15 pre-schools and 70 daycares.
The city continues to grow economically attracting major employers such as Stream International, Kal Tire, Vantage Foods and others. Major telecommunication services by Telus and Shaw, give businesses and residents a full range of data and internet services. The Chilliwack District has a diversified economy. Agriculture (29%), Retail/Services (45%), Manufacturing (13%), Forestry (9%), Public Sector (4%). Major shopping stores include Sears, Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, Zellers, many gift and specialty shops, and most commercial outlets that one would find in a larger city. Housing price averages: Single family dwelling ($361,000); Townhouses ($249,000); Apartments/Condominiums ($164,000).
The many arts and recreational activities lend spice and excitement to the people in the Valley. The Community Arts Centre is home to a number of theatre, music and other art\s-oriented events. Recreational and meeting facilities include, the Chilliwack Landing Centre (an aquatic and fitness facility), the Prospera Centre (a multi-plex arena – seats 5700 – 2nd rink seats 300), Chilliwack Heritage Park (exhibition and trade centre), Twin Rinks Arena and several others. Swimming, curling, golfing, hockey games, oft-times are choices that are available to residents on the same day. Social and fraternal clubs for almost any type of interest abound in the city, including 18 seniors’ organizations.
In a city where everyone has a view and natural scenery that no words can paint, tourism has become a matter of course. A warm embracing climate, crystal clear fishing lakes and rivers, sandy beaches, great hiking and excellent accommodations, invite vacationing families and outdoor enthusiasts from local to international visitors. Other attractions including the Blue Heron Reserve, Minter Gardens, water parks, Bridal Falls, and our numerous colourful festivals keep many coming back.
The City of Chilliwack is a multi-faith based community with 70 religious institutions representing 27 denominations and 44 churches. As our multi-cultured element increases, so do other institutions including Islamic, Baha’i, and Asian. The United Church has four congregations: Carman United, Mt. Shannon, Rosedale, and the church we call home, Chilliwack United. Residences include high end condominiums, single homes, rentals and low income housing. We are situated in the downtown core of the city, and all that it entails - the wealthy, the middle class, the working poor and the homeless.
In conclusion, we are a city whose people welcome diversified cultural beliefs and value systems. We extend an invitation to all!

 
     
   
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