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

Mission
Mission is located 14 km (9 miles) north of Abbotsford on Hwy 11 and 27 km (17 miles) east of Maple Ridge via Hwy 7 or more commonly known as the Lougheed Hwy, about 70 km (44 miles) east of Vancouver.

Fraser River
Mission is situated on the north side of the Fraser River just across from Abbotsford in the Lower Mainland's Fraser Valley. Mission was first established in 1895 as a transportation link up the Fraser River from New Westminster. From Mission a person could then travel by railway into Washington State with further links into the rest of the USA.

Power House at Stave Falls
The community of Mission was transformed in the early 1900's into a commercial hub, especially on the north side of the Fraser River. During the expansion both British Columbia's and, especially, Vancouver's electrical needs were met by the building of the power house by BC Electric at Stave Falls. This power house, one of British Columbia's earliest hydro-electric plants, was completed in 1912.

BC Hydro Visitor Info Centre
The power house, now owned by BC Hydro, has been made into a workable museum for you to visit. The BC Hydro Visitor Info Centre showcases this electrical growth via a self-guided tour, 50-seat theatre, electrical knowledge games for the kids and a nearby recreation site.

Westminster Abbey
Another landmark quite prevalent in Mission is Westminster Abbey, the home of Seminary of Christ the King, and the very distinctive abbey chapel. Situated on a bluff, the grounds of Westminster Abbey are open to the public with access to the chapel on weekdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mission Raceway Park
Always a favourite of drag racing fans throughout the Lower Mainland the Mission Raceway Park still operates. Drags and other events are held from March through to October with the award ceremony in November. If you're a fan of drags, be a kid again and get out and relive Mission Raceway Park.

Golf Courses in Mission
Mission has a few good golf courses in the nearby area. For 18-hole courses, there is both the new Cedar Ridge Golf Course and the established Eighteen Pastures Golf Club. Then, for a shorter course, there is the long-established 9-hole Mission Golf & Country Club.

Mission Museum
There is a museum in Mission established right in town in an old pre-fabricated Canadian Bank of Commerce building built in 1907 and later moved in 1947. The museum is sponsored by the Mission District Historical Society and has a number of well-maintained artifacts dealing with Missions past.

Fraser River Heritage Park
For more places to see, the Mission Heritage Association operates a heritage park called Fraser River Heritage Park. Displayed in the park are the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (O.M.I.) Cemetery, the Marcellus Rhododendron Walk, the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes and the Norma Kenney House which features the Blackberry Kitchen Café.

Mission Art Gallery
Other places you might consider visiting include the Mission Art Gallery. The gallery displays various exhibits from local artists is sponsored by the Mission Arts Council. The art gallery also includes a tea room plus gift shop featuring wonderful handcrafted goods.

Stó:lõ First Nations
The area around Mission, especially the Fraser River is the traditional home of the Stó:lo First Nations. Evidence from one of the oldest-known First Nations' archeological sites in British Columbia shows that the Stó:lõ have fished, gathered and hunted in this part of the Fraser River for over thousands of years.

Xáy:tem
You can visit an archeological dig site presented by the Stó:lo around this archeological treasure into a public museum. At Xáy:tem you will be shown the proud Stó:lo First Nation travelled, traded and transported goods throughout the region some dating back to between 3,300 and 3,650 B.C with some estimates back as far as 10,000 years.

Coast Salish
Today the Stó:lõ Nation, a cultural group belonging in the larger Coast Salish, reside throughout the Mission area. The band can sometimes be viewed fishing along the Fraser River for traditional food source, especially during the salmon spawn in the fall.

Old Car Sunday
Every year in June on Father's Day is the Old Car Sunday event held at the Fraser River Heritage Park. Estimated to have at least 1,000 unique classic vehicles converge into Mission for this car lovers' spectacle. If you enjoy 'Show N' Shines' you will be at home with Old Car Sunday.

Western Canadian Soap Box Derby
A long time tradition that started in Mission 1946 and continued up until 1974 was the Western Canadian Soap Box Derby. The race had spectator crowds up to 20,000 in 1956 with the winners of the Western Canadian Soap Box Derby going on the international race in Akron, Ohio, called the All-American Soapbox Derby Championship.

Mission & District Soapbox Derby Association
The race had been absent for 25 years up until 1 July, 1999, when the Mission Lions Club sponsored the restart of the event. Today though the Mission & District Soapbox Derby Association has been formed and the annual soapbox race has been resurrected with the derby held every third Saturday in June.

Mission Leisure Centre
For those of you who are looking to swim, have a hot tub or workout, there is the Mission Leisure Centre. The facility is very nice with lots of areas for kids to play.

Hatzic Lake
Located east of Mission towards the District of Kent on the Lougheed Hwy, Hatzic Lake offers some fishing opportunities. You can launch a cartop-style boat at Neilson Regional Park located on the west side of Hatzic Lake. Neilson Regional Park also features a picnic shelter that is great for organized gatherings, wild life viewing especially bald eagles and swimming opportunities.

Neilson Regional Park
Neilson Regional Park, located on the west side of Hatzic Lake, an easy five-minute drive from Hatzic Park. Hayward Lake Reservoir Recreation Area offers some swimming.

West Coast Express
If you visit Mission 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.

  • West Coast Express - for service connections between Waterfront Station (Vancouver) and Mission

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Map of Mission and Abbotsford
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Mission Post Office
Mission Post Office

 

Lougheed Hwy Through Mission
Lougheed Hwy Through Mission

 

Historical Society
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Mission Train Station
Mission Train Station

 
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