To the North are Alouette Lake and the Coast Mountains displaying the Golden Ears peaks of Mount Blanshard and to the east is Mission. To the west Pitt Meadows and Port Coquitlam are found, while the southern side is set on the banks of the mighty Fraser River. It is roughly a 30 minute drive to Mission and about 40 minutes to Abbotsford. Population is over 65,000. Major highways are the Lougheed Highway (Scenic 7) and the Dewdney Trunk Road, both of which pass through the middle of the community.
The District of Maple Ridge comprises the communities of Hammond, Haney, Maple Ridge & Whonnock. Haney Place, site of the Municipal government offices, Haney Place Mall, "The Beast" Clock Tower and many recreational amenities make up the town core.
Recreational facilities in the core include: Memorial Peace Park; Band Stand, the Leisure Centre (swimming pools, gymnasium, etc), Library and the Greg Moore Youth Centre. Several shopping malls are located throughout the area; the largest commercial centre in the region is Haney Place Mall.
Maple Ridge is known as the horse riding capital of BC, with one horse to every 6 residents. Riding enthusiasts can enjoy some 100 kilometers of trails, some of which have been in use for over 100 years.
The 44 parks enable the community to maintain much of its peaceful, rural beauty. Municipal Parks are the largest segment of the Parks system. Golden Ears Provincial Park, the UBC Research Forest, Kanaka Creek Regional Park and Rolley Lake Provincial Park are all within a 25-minute drive from the town centre.
Six year round golf courses are located nearby. The dykes along side the Pitt, Alouette and Fraser Rivers are popular places for walking.
The Albion Ferry, on River Road near 240 Street, shuttles vehicles and walk-on passengers to Fort Langley seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more information: about the Albion Ferry.
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Map of Maple Ridge
Golden Ears Peaks to the Northeast of Alouette Lake. Click the image for a larger view. Photograph courtesy Maurice Jassak. Many more Fraser Valley pictures may be found at
See the Fraser Valley.