Chilliwack Mountain Real Estate & Homes for Sale
Chilliwack Mountain is a mountain community in northwest Chilliwack, situated about 4 km west of Chilliwack's downtown core. It's located on a small mountain of the same name, rising from the floodplain of the Fraser River. The neighbourhood's northern boundary is the Fraser River, and on the other side of the Fraser lies the community of Deroche. Old Orchard Road loops around its western flank. Lickman Road, Chilliwack Mountain Road, Scheweyey Road and Skyway Road define its eastern boundary, and it follows Industrial Way on the south.
On the northern side of the mountain, you'll find mostly single-family homes on spacious lots, and new development accommodating residents in duplex homes and townhomes. There's an existing population of approximately 700 people (2018). In Chilliwack Mountain's southern edge, on the north side of Industrial Way, there's a growing business park. The Trans-Canada Hwy (#1) and CN Rail line both pass by this growing business area.
Chilliwack Mountain was approved by the City of Chilliwack Council in 1996, for the development of a suburban community. The Chilliwack Mountain plan describes a build-out scenario with a population of 4,500, or 1,700 dwelling units, covering an area approximately 545 hectares, from the south side of the Fraser River to north of the level plains of the Fraser Valley floor.
The families choosing to live on Chilliwack Mountain sacrifice a little convenience for a quiet, parklike setting, with winding roads through the forest, and spectacular views of some of the greenest landscapes in the Fraser Valley. It's common to spot deer and other wildlife in the woods beside the road, and eagles on the sandbars of the Fraser River. Residents find the 10-minute drive 'down the hill' into Downtown Chilliwack more than worth it.
Large lots are common for single-family homes, and gated communities are available for added security. Average home prices in Chilliwack are about $350,000 (Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board’s 2015 statistics), and Chilliwack Mountain homes are higher than the average. The mountain is particularly attractive for families looking for large lots and a safe environment, and retirees looking for a quieter neighbourhood. Chilliwack Mountain has also become the place to build large custom luxury homes with a breathtaking view.
Reflections at Cedar Sky is Chilliwack Mountain's most recent townhome development, built in 2018, in the shelter of the North face of Chilliwack Mountain. Set in a natural environment, Reflections provides a life-affirming re-connection with nature, with incredible views, tree-lined streets, the Fraser River nearby, and the greenery of the 86 hectare Fraser River Ecological Reserve.
Seasons at Cedar Sky is a master-planned townhome community, built in 2014, perched 700 feet above Chilliwack on the North face of Chilliwack Mountain. Each home was carefully positioned, and features 9 ft ceilings and oversized windows, to capitalize on the breathtaking view of the valley below. Seasons and the mountain are surrounded by rolling farmland, the lofty peaks Mount Cheam and Nicomen Mountain, the Fraser River below, and the tranquil green space of the Fraser River Ecological Reserve. The neighbourhood and its tree-lined streets were designed to be pedestrian friendly.
Westpointe is a premier adult gated community, built in 2004. The 34 rancher townhome units have spacious floorplans, entertainment sized balconies and private fenced yards. The complex offers sweeping views of the city of Chilliwack, the valley below, Nicomen and Cheam Mountains and the Fraser River.
There was at one time speculation that, due to Chilliwack's unique geography, hemmed in by mountains on the eastern end of the Fraser Valley, smog from Metro Vancouver might be trapped by its mountains. This raised concerns about air quality. In 2011, the World Health Organization's air quality study showed that Chilliwack, in fact, enjoys air quality among the very best in the world. For PM10 (10 µm) size particulates, Canada tied Australia for third best in the world, at an average of 13.0 MPCM (micrograms per cubic metre). And the City of Chilliwack measured only 8.0 MPCM. For smaller particles PM2.5 (2.5 µm), the City of Chilliwack averaged 4.9 MPCM.
In 2013, Maclean's Magazine featured Chilliwack in their "Canada's Top 10 cities for weather", with an average annual temperature of 10.5 °C; making it the warmest city in Canada, when averaged from 1981 through 2010. Winters are cool, overcast and wet; and summers are warm and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, temperatures will typically vary between 0.5°C (33°F) and 26°C (79°F). Chilliwack's warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 18 to September 16, and the cool season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 13 to February 20. Most of the rain falls during the 31 days centred around November 17, with an average total accumulation of 24.9 cm (9.8 in). Snow usually only falls in the surrounding mountains, with the exception of two to three weeks each year.
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Chilliwack's rich soil and mild climate, with limited extremes, historically made the area an outstanding farming district, for a wide variety of crops and agricultural products. Chilliwack is still known for its locally grown corn. Between June and September, the farmers take full advantage of the sunny weather and fertile soil to produce one or two crops of corn. The corn is used for both human consumption as well as for cattle feed.
Today, most of the residents are city dwellers. Chilliwack's service and retail sectors account for approximately 50% of its gross domestic product. Other growth industries include manufacturing at 13%, construction at 8%, and agriculture and forestry at 5% GDP.
The median household income is $65,603 (2015 census), with an unemployment rate of 5.7% (Dec. 29, 2017 Statistics Canada survey results).
Chilliwack Mountain is a family oriented community with great schools. The School District #33 catchment schools for the Chilliwack Mountain area are McCammon Traditional Elementary, A.D. Rundle Middle School and Chilliwack Senior Secondary School. Chilliwack also offers some excellent post-secondary options.
McCammon Traditional Elementary School is Chilliwack's first traditional school, enrolling students kindergarten to grade 6. Traditional education is defined as teacher-centred delivery of instruction to classes of students who are the receivers of the information. Basic educational practices are stressed, with a more formal learning environment in a public school setting. Students are expected to master the core subjects of math, reading, writing, science and social studies. McCammon also offers the StrongStart BC early learning program for adults and their young children.
A.D. Rundle Middle School enrols students grades 7 and 8. In addition to the academic courses, they offer Band, Leadership, Computers, Cafeteria, Foods, Sewing, Outdoor Education, Media Production, Yearbook, Power Mechanics, Woodwork, Metalwork, Peer Tutoring, and Jazz Band. A.D. Rundle is a closed campus, and all visitors on site must be pre-approved by the administrative team. For excelling students the school offers Enriched English and Enriched Math programs.
Chilliwack Senior Secondary School enrols over 1,500 students, grades 9 to 12. Chilliwack Senior began as a two-room school in 1903. The school offers a wide range of academic programs as well as exceptional extracurricular opportunities. Specialty courses and programs include Aboriginal Education, Equestrian Program, Hairdressing, Human Services Career Enrichment, and the Secondary School Apprenticeship Program and WEX (Work Experience).
University of the Fraser Valley - Chilliwack North offers more than 100 programs, including 2 master’s degrees, 15 bachelor’s degrees, majors, minors, and extended minors in more than 30 subject areas. They also provide more than a dozen trades and technology programs. University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is the largest post-secondary school in Chilliwack and the seventh largest in British Columbia. UFV offers master's degrees, bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations across a range of programs in fine arts, humanities, science, social sciences, applied communication, business, nursing, as well as technical and trade programs. Vancouver Career College - Chilliwack assists students, right from the beginning of their studies, through to finding job opportunities in their chosen career field. They offer programs in art and design, business, health care, and teaching education.
There is an abundance of shopping and dining options just minutes away from Chilliwack Mountain. Downtown Chilliwack — the city's historical urban and cultural centre — is a 12 min (7.0 km) drive via Wolfe Road. There are no shopping centres or malls on the mountain itself, but there are 4 only a few minutes away.
Located to the northeast of Chilliwack Mountain, Salish Plaza is a shopping centre in Downtown Chilliwack, with 16 stores. Anchor stores include Pricesmart Foods and BC Liquor Store. Eagle Landing Shopping Centre is a new shopping development with 48 stores, including Walmart Chilliwack Supercentre, Home Depot, Pet Smart and Cineplex Odeon. Located southeast, across Hwy 1, are two covered malls. Cottonwood Mall offers over 75 stores, including Sears, Dollarama and London Drugs. Chilliwack Mall has over 20 stores, including Winners, Reitmans, SportChek and Safeway.
Holland Shopping Centre specializes in Dutch products, including groceries, cheese, kitchen items, books, kitchen items and more. A bit further, on Vedder Road in South Chilliwack, is the Vedder Pointe Shopping Centre. Vedder Pointe has 18 stores, including Shoppers Drug Mart, Dollarama and World Gym.
There are no restaurants, pubs or bars on Chilliwack Mountain, but there are quite a few choices nearby. For a quick bite, there are Atrium Restaurant, Beckies Grill 2 Go, Cookies Grill, Five Guys and Mooyah. For bar or pub fare, try Browns Socialhouse Eagle Landing, JD's Lounge or Original Joes Restaurant & Bar.
For date night or a special occasion, consider Bravo Restaurant & Lounge or Vita Bella. Bravo offers a casually elegant cosmopolitan dining experience with an innovative Pacific North-West flare. Chef Leo of Vita Bella Italian Bistro brings 25 years experience to Chilliwack. Chef Leo assisted in opening four restaurants for others, and as Executive Chef at the Lonsdale Quay Hotel in North Vancouver, Leo was nominated for Best Desserts by Where Magazine in 2000. Leo was nominated for Best Italian Restaurant by Where Magazine, in 2008 and 2009.
Public transit does not currently extend into Chilliwack Mountain. Most residents drive to work in Downtown Chilliwack or commute to outlying cities on the Trans-Canada Hwy (Hwy 1). It's 12 minutes (7.0 km) to Downtown via Wolfe Road.
Fortunately, Hwy 1 is right at the foot of Chilliwack Mountain. Hwy 1 is a four-lane to six-lane expressway from Horseshoe Bay to Hope, and it runs right through Chilliwack. The commute from Chilliwack Mountain into Vancouver is 1 h 16 min (98.9 km), or 27 min (30.6 km) to Abbotsford, taking Hwy 1. The Yale Lickman Park N Ride is another option for commuters, and BC Transit's Fraser Valley Express (FVX) Route 66 stops in Abbotsford and Walnut Grove (Langley), with connections to Metro Vancouver's TransLink network.
It's popular for Chilliwack Mountain residents to catch a quick ride 'down the hill' to Yale Road or the Downtown Exchange. Chilliwack Transit System runs a fleet of 9 buses that operate along regularly scheduled routes throughout its metropolitan area. Chilliwack has roughly 175 km (109 mi) of bike lanes throughout the city, with additional lanes being added every year. For Chilliwack Mountain's industrial strip, the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 1) and a CN rail line follow the south boundary of the mountain.
Chilliwack Airport is a small regional airport in Downtown Chilliwack. Far West Helicopters operates a fleet of 4 Bell 206 Jet Rangers based out of Chilliwack Airport, for commercial helicopter operations, charters and sightseeing. Abbotsford International Airport is located 42 km (26 mi) west of Downtown Chilliwack and they offer scheduled service to Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto, with connections with international destinations.
Arts and Entertainment
The Chilliwack Cultural Centre is the city's venue for the performing and visual arts. The building is home to the Chilliwack Players' Guild and the Chilliwack Academy of Music. It has two theatres that host a mix of local, national and international performances. The Culture Centre's
O'Connor Group Art Gallery is curated by the Chilliwack Visual Artists Association, a non-profit organization of local artists working and exhibiting together to encourage the appreciation of the visual arts in the community. There are also 21 music studios and 4 art and craft studios.
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) produces three or four main stage shows every year, performed in the UFV Theatre, a 206-seat thrust stage venue. The theatre is also host to the annual Directors' Festival featuring student directors and performers from UFV, Capilano University, Thompson Rivers University, University of Victoria, UBC and Douglas College. The Chilliwack School of Performing Arts offers pre-professional training in acting, singing and dancing at the North Campus of UFV.
The Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association hosts Party in the Park during the months of July and August, with free concerts and activities in the downtown core each Friday evening. Another free summer event, Music and More, takes place every Wednesday in July and August. There are children's activities at noon and concerts in the evening.
Chilliwack residents need not travel to Vancouver to enjoy a classical music concert. The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (CSO) fosters an awareness and appreciation for orchestral and choral music through concerts and education. Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra is a community orchestra founded in 2008 by local volunteer musicians who were dedicated to performing high-quality symphony concerts for the patrons of the eastern Fraser Valley.
Chilliwack has two museums. Founded in 2012, Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the best athletes, teams, and coaches in Chilliwack's rich sporting history. The Chilliwack Museum and Archives is housed in the City’s former City Hall building. The museum's exhibition galleries feature temporary exhibits that focus on aspects of Chilliwack’s human and natural history, culture and heritage. Feature exhibits are rotated annually.
Sports and Recreation
Hillkeep Regional Park is located atop Chilliwack Mountain. The 36-acre nature reserve is within walking distance for the residents of the community. The 14-hectare regional park and nature reserve is home to a wide variety of mammals, birds, insects, and plants. The park overlooks the Fraser River, making it significant to the Experience the Fraser project, and there are excellent views of the snow-capped Cascade Mountain Range and valley floor below. The park's trails meander through the forest and make up about 2 km of easy terrain. A lookout platform is cantilevered over the South side of the mountain.
Chilliwack Mountain is also close to three other parks, to the immediate East: Carmel, Stewart and Meadowbrook Park. Carmel Park is a small neighbourhood park with an open grass area, picnic tables, and playground. Stewart Park is another neighbourhood park, with an open grass area, picnic tables, and playground, as well as a basketball court and ball hockey. Meadowbrook Park offers an open grass area, picnic shelter and tables, walking trails, sports field, ball field, basketball court, ball hockey, and cricket.
Chilliwack is the Fraser Valley's second largest city. It's sheer size, majestic mountains, waterfalls, lush forests, pristine lakes and green space make it an outdoor paradise. The City of Chilliwack has over 100 parks and natural areas which together make up over 400 hectares of green space, with picnic tables, playgrounds, trails, swimming, tennis courts, hockey, basketball and more. Within the city's borders are Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, Cultus Lake, Slesse Mountain, Mount Cheam, Bridal Veil Falls, to name only a few.
The Prospera Centre is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena and is home to the 2018 RBC Cup Championship BCHL Hockey Team The Chilliwack Chiefs. The 100,000-square-foot facility also hosts other events, including concerts, ice shows, trade shows, and conventions. The venue has two NHL sized rinks, a multi-purpose meeting room, professional locker rooms, full food and beverage service and a pro shop. The building can accommodate over 6,000 people for concerts.
The Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre includes an aquatic centre, group fitness studio, weight room, and a café. The family park nearby includes a spray park for young children and a skateboard park. In the aquatic centre, there's a large family wave pool, waterslide, adult and family swirl pools, sauna and steam room. There's also an eight-lane 25-metre competition size pool with a 1-metre diving board.
Chilliwack offers 8 golf course options: Bridal Falls Golf & Country Club, Cheam Golf Centre, Chilliwack Golf & Country Club, Cultus Lake Golf Club, Kinkora Golf Course, Meadowlands Golf & Country Club, The Falls Golf & Country Club, and Royalwood Golf Club. Royalwood Golf Course and Chilliwack Golf Club are just east of Chilliwack Mountain. Royalwood Golf offers a unique and challenging 18 hole par 72 links-style course that is a delight to play. Royalwood is home to many regional tournaments each year. Chilliwack Golf Club is a semi-private facility with magnificent tree-lined fairways, a creek that meanders through the back nine, and breathtaking mountain views. Chilliwack has played host to every major Provincial Championship and has always received rave reviews.
Chilliwack offers spectacular world-class fishing, in the Fraser and Vedder Rivers, and crystal clear lakes. The mighty Fraser River is the main artery for all five Pacific salmon species: Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink and Sockeye. The Fraser is also home to a prehistoric dinosaur fish, the White Sturgeon. The Sturgeon is the largest freshwater species in North and South America, with fish weighing in at over 900 lb. Vedder River wild Pacific salmon and steelhead fishing will test any angler's skills, with magnificent fish that put up an incredible fight.
Investing in Chilliwack Mountain
Chilliwack has experienced a recent five-year growth rate of 7.5% (2011–2016). The Chilliwack Mountain area was planned to accommodate a portion of the anticipated future urban growth of the District of Chilliwack. The Chilliwack Mountain Comprehensive Development Plan was completed in 1996, and while it wasn't formally adopted as part of the OCP, it was endorsed by Council and has guided Chilliwack Mountain's development ever since. The projected potential build-out to accommodate 4,500 residents, and 1,700 dwelling units, is exciting for investors.
New master-planned communities are already being developed, and families are building their custom dream homes on spacious lots with spectacular views. Chilliwack Mountain is an outstanding place to raise a family, retire in a quiet affordable neighbourhood, or make a prudent property investment.
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