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Overview of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada

Chilliwack is a Canadian city in the Province of British Columbia. It is a predominantly agricultural community surrounded by mountains and has many parks nearby such as Cultus Lake and Chilliwack Lake Provincial Parks. The word Chilliwack is the name of a local Indian tribe as well as a geographic description of the area. Originally spelled Chilliwhack, this 'Halkomelem' word means 'quieter water at the head' or travel by way of a backwater.

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  • Population: 64,898 (2001)
  • Population Density: 251.6/km²
  • Area: 257.96 km²
  • Latitude: 49°09? N
  • Longitude: 121°57? W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Time Zone: Pacificn
  • Language: English
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History of Chilliwack, British Columbia

In 1857, word spread that gold had been found in the Fraser River canyon area and by 1858 over 30,000 gold miners found their way to the goldfields. Almost all of the miners travelled through the Chilliwack area. By the mid 1860`s a handful of farms were established around the Fraser River steamboat landings called Miller`s Landing, Sumas Landing and Chilliwack Landing. The Township of Chilliwhack was incorporated in 1873, the third oldest municipality in British Columbia. The City and the Township co-existed for 72 years, and finally in 1980 they merged to form the City of Chilliwack.

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Chilliwack's Demographics

According to Statistics Canada (2001 census), Chilliwack has a population of 64 898 with a growth rate of 4.6% per year.

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Chilliwack's Climate

Chilliwack`s mild climate with limited extremes provides excellent growing conditions for crops and agricultural products. The average temperature is 1.6°C in January and 18°C in July. Precipitation falls mostly as rain, with snow limited, for the most part, to the surrounding mountains.

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Education in Chilliwack, British Columbia

Chilliwack School District No. 33 has 34 schools that include elementary, middle and secondary schools. The University College of the Fraser Valley is in Chilliwack and is an undergraduate post-secondary institution. UCFV offers a variety of degrees, diplomas, certificates, and courses.

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Transportation around Chilliwack, British Columbia

On the fixed-route transit system a fleet of low-floor buses provide wheelchair and scooter accessible service on transit routes throughout Chilliwack. Low-floor buses are equipped with a ramp, have no entry steps and have a kneeling feature that lowers the entry level for passengers who have difficulty climbing stairs.

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Tourism and Attractions of Chilliwack

Some of the attractions in the Chilliwack area include Cultus Lake, Minter Gardens, Dusty`s Dino Town and the Water Slides at Bridal Falls and Cultus Lake. The surrounding mountains, lakes and rivers allow for many outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, camping, boating, kayaking and many challenging golf courses.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Chilliwack
  • Agassiz
  • Greendale
  • Haig
  • Hope
  • Laidlaw
  • Promontory
  • Sardis
  • Vedder Crossing
  • Yarrow

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Geography of Chilliwack, British Columbia

Chilliwack is located in the upper Fraser Valley, 100 kilometres east of Vancouver. The city is bounded on the north by the Fraser River, and on the south by the Canada-United States border.

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Chilliwack's Government

Chilliwack is governed by a mayor and seven councillors that represent the city as a whole.

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Chilliwack's Economy and Industry

Chilliwack has a thriving agricultural, commercial and industrial economy, offering all the benefits of the natural surroundings. Recently Stream has built a call-center in Chilliwack that employs 1500+ people and Soprema has built a factory that builds roofing materials. And now under construction is a new Kal-Tire retreading plant.

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Chilliwack's Culture and Significant Events

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Sports in Chilliwack, British Columbia

The city`s Junior A hockey team, the Chilliwack Chiefs, moved to Langley, British Columbia for the 2006-2007 season to make way for the Chilliwack Bruins, a new WHL expansion team.

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Media of Chilliwack

The Chilliwack Progress and the Chilliwack Times are the two main newspapers published in Chilliwack.

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