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

Pitt Meadows
Pitt Meadows is located in the Lower Mainland on the north side of the Fraser River just east of Port Coquitlam across the Pitt River approximately 36 km (23 miles) from Vancouver. Just east of Pitt Meadows on the Lougheed Highway (Hwy 7) by 5 km (3 miles) is the community of Maple Ridge.

Rural Community
Pitt Meadows is an agricultural community with over 85% of the land mass situated in the municipality reserved for agricultural land usage. Many large farms exist with a great emphasis on the dairy and agriculture sectors including blueberries, cranberries, nursery stock, greenhouse crops and recent ventures into agri-tourism.

Pitt Polder
Pitt Meadows historically has had a large Dutch influence, especially with the reclamation of land from the sea called polders, created from a dyke system around the river wetlands. One neighbourhood farm district is called Pitt Polder and is made up of large farms located in the north-east section of Pitt Meadows.

Katzie First Nation
The Pitt Meadows area is also the traditional territory of the Katzie First Nation. The Katzie have maintained a presence over the rich fishing grounds along the Alouette, Fraser and Pitt Rivers with seasonal villages moving with the migration of the various fish species.

Natural Borders
Besides Maple Ridge in the east and the Pitt River in the west, Pitt Meadows has the natural borders of the Fraser River in the south with Pitt Lake in the north and Golden Ears Provincial Park towards the north-east.

Pitt Lake
Pitt Lake is the largest tidal body of freshwater in the world and has great boating and water sport activities. Situated north of Pitt Meadows up the Pitt River, Pitt Lake provides many opportunities for angling with cutthroat trout readily available and an excellent run of Coho salmon happening October through November.

Pitt-Addington Recreation Site
A good place to access Pitt Lake is at what used to be called Grant Narrows Regional Park which is situated at the mouth of the Pitt River, now referred to as the Pitt-Addington Recreation Site. Pitt-Addington Recreation Site is now operated by the Katzie First Nation and features a boat launch, walking trails, picnic sites with great kayaking and canoeing available.

Pinecone Burke Provincial Park
Once on Pitt Lake there are many places to explore and discover in the wilderness made available. One favourite is into Pinecone Burke Provincial Park located on the west side of Pitt Lake. From here you can go into Widgeon Slough and Valley where you can find the largest freshwater marsh in south-west British Columbia, especially good for wildlife and bird-watching opportunities.

Golden Ears Provincial Park
Golden Ears Provincial Park located north-east of Maple Ridge provides ample outdoor recreation for the local residents. Here you can find excellent hiking, mountain biking, horse-riding opportunities and beach activity on Alouette Lake. Golden Ears Provincial Park also has three campgrounds - Alouette, Gold Creek and North Beach, with reservations available.

Golfing
For people who enjoy playing golf Pitt Meadows and the Maple Ridge area is home to some great golfing including Golden Eagle Golf Club, Meadow Gardens Golf Course, Swan-e-set Resort & Country Club and the Pitt Meadows Golf Club plus the 9-hole public Maple Ridge Golf Club.

Cycling and Walking
Pitt Meadows, combined with Maple Ridge, has created an excellent network of walking and cycling trails around both communities. A real favourite and one that will give you excellent views along both the Pitt and Fraser Rivers is the 18 km (11 miles) path along the dykes called Hawk-Rotary Loop. Another great trail is the 19 km (12 miles) Blue Heron Route where you travel on the dykes along the South Alouette and the North Alouette Rivers.

Shopping Centres
For shopping and commerce, most businesses are located near or on the Lougheed Hwy. Meadowtown Centre, a new 39,019 square metre (420,000 square feet) facility is situated at 19800 Lougheed Hwy, features many stores including a Cineplex movie theatre, a Real Canadian Superstore, Blenz Coffee and a Sport Chek. Also situated at Harris Road and the Lougheed Hwy is the Meadowvale Shopping Centre where you will find a Starbucks conveniently located which features wireless internet access.

Changing Transportation Infrastructure
Pitt Meadows' way of life is changing through a major transition in transportation links to other Lower Mainland communities with the opening of the Golden Ears Bridge over the Fraser River and a new bridge crossing over the Pitt River. Both bridges are part of the Gateway Project that will be multilane and will help open up more real estate in the communities of Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Mission and the District of Kent for people who would like to live in the Fraser Valley.

Pitt Meadows Regional Airport
Other means of transportation into Pitt Meadows include utilizing the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport. If you happen to fly, the airport gives a nice alternative into the Fraser Valley rather than flying into Abbotsford Airport. The south runway is 1,432 metres (4,700 feet) in length, offering many options for various-sized aircraft.

Local Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows News
For the latest news regarding Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge, the easiest way is either for you is to visit the community paper, the Maple Ridge News.

Information on Pitt Meadows

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Map of Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge
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Pitt Meadows
Pitt Meadows

 

Fraser River
Fraser River

 

Pitt River Regional Greenway
Pitt River Regional Greenway

 

Pitt Meadows Regional Airport
Pitt Meadows Regional Airport

 

Pitt Meadows Museum
Pitt Meadows Museum

 

Golden Ears Provincial Park
Golden Ears Provincial Park

 
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