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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains  > Maple Ridge

Maple Ridge
Maple Ridge is located in the Lower Mainland on the north side of the Fraser River just east of Pitt Meadows and the Pitt River approximately 40 km (25 miles) from Vancouver on Hwy 7 or commonly called the Lougheed Hwy 7. To the east of Maple Ridge on the Lougheed Hwy is the community of Mission.

Haney
The municipality of Maple Ridge includes the rural communities of Whonnock and Ruskin and the industrial areas of Port Hammond and Albion on the Fraser River. The commercial and business district of Maple Ridge is referred to as Haney or Port Haney.

Haney's Landing
Haney is named after Thomas Haney who came to Maple Ridge in 1876 and created a brickyard on the Fraser River called Haney's Landing.

Port Haney Heritage Walk
One area you might want to explore is along the Port Haney Heritage Walk. This year-round walk takes you along the Fraser River waterfront starting at the Port Haney Wharf near the railway tracks. The Port Haney Heritage Walk runs along residential streets to Haney House, Brickyard Park and eventually to the Haney Museum.

'Horse Capital of Canada'
For people who enjoy riding horses, Maple Ridge has a unique system of equestrian trails and is sometimes referred to as the 'Horse Capital of Canada.' The trail network includes over 60 km (38 miles) of trails in the immediate area with Kanaka Creek Regional Park with 10 km (6 miles) and Golden Ears Provincial Park having 20 km (12.5 miles) of trails.

Cycle or Walk the Dykes
Located on the north side of Harris Road off the Lougheed Hwy 7 is where you can get access to some of the walkways that go along the dykes. One trail that you can walk or cycle is called the Blue Heron Loop that takes you along the North and South Alouette Rivers through some wetlands. The route forms a loop that is 19 km (12 miles) long and has some excellent bird and wildlife watching opportunities.

Golden Ears Provincial Park
Maple Ridge is home to Golden Ears Provincial Park, an area of beautiful rugged mountains of the coastal range that are located towards the north of the community. Here you can find walking and mountain biking trails, panoramic viewpoints and unspoiled wilderness. The park also features the Spirea Universal Access Trail a trail built specifically for people with physical challenges.

Alouette Lake
If you are interested, Golden Ears Provincial Park has a campground that happens to accept reservations and features great swimming and a beautiful sandy beach on Alouette Lake. Canoeing and kayaking are also very popular here with a number of rustic marine campsites along the shores of Alouette Lake.

Mountain Biking
For mountain biking, a real favourite among the locals is riding up at Mike Lake located near Golden Ears Provincial Park. You can find local trail information through - Fraser Valley Mountain Biking Association (FVMBA). Maple Ridge has a bike store located right on Lougheed Hwy called Maple Ridge Cycle.

Laity Pumpkin Patch
For an agri-tourism adventure and family fun, you can visit the Laity Pumpkin Patch at 21145 - 128th Avenue. Laity Pumpkin Patch includes a corn maze, petting zoo, hay ride, different varieties of pumpkins, giant sunflowers and various children's displays. Your kids will especially love the farm animals found on the Laity family property.

Golf Courses
There are a number of golf courses in neighbouring Pitt Meadows including Golden Eagle Golf Club, Meadow Gardens Golf Course, Swan-e-set Resort & Country Club and the Pitt Meadows Golf Club plus there is also the public 9-hole Maple Ridge Golf Club.

Kanaka Creek Regional Park
Kanaka Creek Regional Park features beautiful nature rails along the Fraser River, to a waterfall called Cliff Falls and through a sandstone canyon featuring viewpoints along Kanaka Creek. The trail system also takes you to the Bell-Irving Kanaka Creek Fish Hatchery that is open to the public on the weekends from 1 3 p.m. The hatchery specializes in raising Coho and Chum salmon and offers free tours of the facility.

Fort Langley National Historic Park
A must trip if you are visiting Maple Ridge is to take the new Golden Ears Bridge at Pitt Meadows across the Fraser River and travel to Fort Langley. Sometimes referred to as the 'Birthplace of British Columbia,' Fort Langley features a national historic site in its original fashion of the 19th century complete with tours and authentic artifacts on the grounds of an original Hudson Bay Company trading post.

Ruskin Lake
Other areas worth visiting that are in the Maple Ridge area include travelling to Ruskin Lake to view the old powerhouse that is the property of BC Hydro. Built in 1930, the 105-megawatt Ruskin Generating Station is part of the Alouette-Stave-Ruskin hydroelectric system. Once you have crossed the Ruskin Dam, look for the directions to the Ruskin and Hayward Lake Reservoir Recreation Areas.

Haney to Harrison Ultra Marathon
For high endurance athletes, one event that you might want to enter is the annual Haney to Harrison Ultra Marathon. The course is 100 km (63 miles) long and takes you through paved roadways that follow a scenic tour called the Sasquatch Drive. The Haney to Harrison Ultra Marathon also attracts various teams to compete in the race for worthy causes and dedications.

West Coast Express
If you visit Maple Ridge and happen to be staying here, there is a good way to visit Vancouver by using the public transportation called the West Coast Express. This leaves every morning and stops at Port Haney, Maple Meadows, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and waterfront station in downtown Vancouver and then returns to Mission in the late afternoon.

Rolley Lake Provincial Park
For another campground nearby, if Golden Ears is full, try going to Rolley Lake Provincial Park located only 23 km (14 miles) northwest of Mission. The park features canoeing, fishing and a perimeter trail called the Lakeside Trail Loop that goes around Rolley Lake. Other walks include a short ten-minute walk to Rolley Falls.

Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows News
For the latest news regarding Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge, the easiest way is for you to go to the web site of the other community paper, the Maple Ridge News which shows the latest headlines regarding the north side of the Fraser River.

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Billy Miner Pub
Billy Miner Pub

 

St. John The Divine
St. John The Divine

 

Walking Along the Dykes
Walking Along the Dykes

 

Golden Ears Provincial Park
Golden Ears Provincial Park

 

Alouette Lake
Alouette Lake

 
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