Dewdney - Deroche Real Estate & Homes For Sale
Dewdney is located at the western end of Nicomen Island, in Hatzic Prairie's southeast corner, about 15 km east of the City of Mission. To the south end of this lowland floodplain lies Hatzic Lake. Dewdney's Downtown spans Nicomen Slough. The slough is fed by Norrish Creek, one of the primary water sources for the District of Mission.
At one time, Dewdney was the destination of the Dewdney Trunk Road. It was one of the Fraser Valley's early main roads, and ran from Port Moody, through Maple Ridge and Mission, to Dewdney. The area is known for its rich farmland, lumber and milling operations, commercial fishing and as a shipping route to Mission and Chilliwack. The community was originally named Johnson's Landing but was incorporated as the district municipality of Dewdney on April 17, 1892. Hawkins Pickle Road is another well-known Dewdney road that runs east along the north edge of Nicomen Slough, made famous by its peculiar name.
Dewdney's population is about 550 (2016 census). The median age of its residents is 43.8. The 175 homes in the area are single-detached houses. The median household employment income is $43,150 (2105).
Located 10.9 km (9 minutes) east of Dewdney, on the Lougheed Highway (BC Highway 7), Deroche is a farming and Canadian Pacific Railway community, located at the foot of Nicomen Mountain and adjacent to the eastern end of Nicomen Island, bordered to the south by Nicomen Slough.
The first settler arrived in 1861. The community's original name was Derocier, but the local CPR station was given the name Deroche to honour Joseph Deroche, a settler drawn to the area from California in the early 1880s by the gold rush. Deroche passed away in 1922, at the age of 99. Some of his descendants still live in the community.
Deroche's population is 187 (2016 census). The median age of its residents is 52.8. The 90 homes in the area are single-detached houses. The median household employment income is $55,168 (2015).
Dewdney and Deroche are connected by both the Lougheed Highway and Nicomen Slough. The small communities are surrounded by mountains, with Dewdney Peak and Nicomen Mountain to the North, and Chilliwack Mountain just across the Fraser River from Deroche. The area is known for its family farms, horse properties and large homes built on sizeable plots of land.
Dewdney is approximately 99 km away from Vancouver, and Deroche is 110 km. Ideally situated, Downtown Mission is just a 15-minute drive from the US border, and approximately 75 kilometres east of the City of Vancouver. The District of Mission is 225.78 km2 (87.17 square miles) and has the estimated population of 38,000 people within many neighbourhoods. The district is surrounded by communities and rural areas that are unincorporated but linked mostly because of School District No 75.
Dewdney and Deroche have an oceanic climate with mild winters and warm summers. The average January temperature is 3°C, with a July average of 17°C. The average rainfall is 2,387 mm, with 130cm snowfall over the winter months. Mission's unemployment rate is 5.6%, below that of the province, at 6.0% (2016).
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Jobs are somewhat limited in Dewdney. There's a post office, Dewdney Elementary School, Dewdney General Store, the Historic Dewdney Pub, Sarpino's Pizzeria, Stave Lake Cedar Mills, a few other commercial businesses, and the local farms. And in Deroche, there's the Deroche General Store, Deroche Elementary School, a garage and a few small commercial enterprises.
Agriculture is still a big part of the economy in the Dewdney-Deroche district east of Mission. Dairy is the primary agricultural enterprise, but there is also some hog, poultry, beef and vegetable farming. Most of the City of Mission's workforce is involved in construction, manufacturing, retail, transportation, education and health care. Roughly 60% of Mission's population works in outlying locales. The median commute time is 26 minutes (2011 household survey).
Forest and wood-related industries continue to dominate Mission's manufacturing sector, and leading employers include BC Frozen Foods and T-Lane, a trucking firm. The largest single employer is School District #75, and the second largest is the municipality itself. With improved highway and rail access, manufacturing in the area has increased, and that trend is expected to continue.
Mission holds the only municipal tree farming license in the BC, and this provides some jobs. In central Mission's Ferndale area, the federal government developed two large penitentiaries; one minimum security and the other medium security.
School District 75 Mission is centred in Mission, immediately north of Abbotsford. The district extends eastward beyond that municipality, along with the north side of the Fraser River, as far as Lake Errock, and includes Dewdney and Deroche.
Dewdney Elementary School is one of Mission's oldest schools. The original section of the school was built in 1924, and third and fourth generation students now walk those halls. The school teaches students kindergarten through grade 6. The school's CORE (Community Outdoor Recreation & Environment Education) program attracts many families to Dewdney. They also belong to Actions School BC and the Fruit & Vegetable Program.
Deroche Elementary School is located at the foot of Deroche Mountain. Students kindergarten through grade 6 attend from Deroche and Lake Errock, including the bands of Leq’a:mel and Scowlitz First Nations. The student body is generally between 80 and 90 students, and about 75% are of Aboriginal heritage. Deroche Elementary is known for their “Forest and Stream” Stewardship Program.
Hatzic Middle School teaches about 720 students, grades 7 through 9, from both the city and rural areas. The school overlooks the Fraser River. Hatzic Middle School offers a wide range of extracurricular activities and specialty courses including Volleyball Leadership, Hockey Academy, Robotics, Environmental Club, Musical Theatre, Concert Band and Choir.
École Mission Senior Secondary School is a dual track school providing both Regular and French Immersion programs for grades 10 through 12. The school was built in 1952 and is the longest-serving secondary school in the District of Mission. It was decided in 2014 that Mission Secondary would become the only high school in Mission and the surrounding rural communities.
Mission also has several private schools. Khalsa School – Mission is part of the oldest, largest and most reputable Sikh institutions of learning in BC. Khalsa teaches students grades 9 through 12. Valley Christian School is a kindergarten through grade 12 school, offering a Distributed Learning program, with an interdenominational Christian focus.
University of the Fraser Valley Mission Campus, at Heritage Park Centre, provides a high quality, career-focused education that takes learning outside the classroom. Riverside College offers an apprenticeship trades program, designed to place graduates directly into employment opportunities. There are currently over 150 apprenticeable trades in BC.
The district also provides trades training, careers and apprenticeship programs at Riverside College. Summit Learning Centre operates across the province, offering Home Education and Virtual Education to students in all grades, including individual secondary school courses.
There are no shopping centres in the Dewdney - Deroche area, so residents do most of their shopping in Downtown Mission, Abbotsford and Chilliwack. Symons Tire Service on Nicomen Island Trunk provides automotive service. The historic Dewdney General Store and Post Office was featured in the movie Intersection in 1994, starring Richard Gere and Sharon Stone, and has built a solid reputation for its teriyaki Maui beef jerky. Deroche Mini Mart & Gas Bar has 3 gas pumps, a small grocery store, BC Liquor Store and fresh pizza.
There are a few eateries in the area. The Historic Dewdney Pub, also known as Church of the Blues, serves up breakfasts and classic pub fare. The pub also has a liquor store. Sarpino's Pizzeria on the Lougheed Hwy in Dewdney offers fresh authentic Italian dishes, with takeout and delivery. Eagle's Cafe on Taylor Road #1 in Deroche serves up breakfasts, burgers, sandwiches and salads.
A 15 to 20 minutes drive west, Downtown Mission has an abundance of restaurants, retail stores and services. In addition to the many shops, there are three shopping centres. Heritage Park Marketplace plaza, at Stave Lake Street & 11th Avenue, is conveniently located across from the UFV Campus. The shopping centre has a pharmacy, coffee shop, Subway, Bosleys, nail salon, dental offices and more. The Shops at Mission plaza has 13 stores, including a Walmart Supercentre, Safeway and Shoppers Drug Mart. The Junction Shopping Centre is located at the corner of Highways 7 and 11 and offers 39 stores, including Staples, London Drugs, Save-On-Foods. There are well-known restaurants like Boston Pizza, Tim Hortons, Mr Mikes Steakhouse and White Spot, and a Cineplex Silvercity Cinema.
For a quick bite or pub fare, you might like Kingfishers Waterfront Bar & Grill, Black Sheep Pub or Character’s Pub & Grill. Popular dinner spots include Embers BBQ House, Eleni's Restaurant, U & I Thai Restaurant and Mission Station Grill. For a special occasion, The Blackberry Kitchen strives for culinary excellence, with tempting menus that feature in-season, locally-grown ingredients, sustainable meat, fish, and poultry. They even grow our own herbs right beside the restaurant to provide the freshest flavours.
Mission is a very well connected hub, by rail and two highways. Highway 7 (Lougheed Hwy) follows the southern bank of the Fraser River, and is 118 km (93 mi) in length, connecting Mission with Maple Ridge, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Vancouver. Travelling to Vancouver via Highway 7 is about an hour and a half. To the east, Highway 7 connects with Highway 1 near Hope. Highway 11 (Abbotsford-Mission Hwy) is a flat 17 km (11 mi) expressway that literally cuts Abbotsford down the middle, connecting Mission traffic with Washington State Route 9, by way of the Huntingdon Canada–US border crossing. Highway 11 also provides access to Hwy 1 (Trans Canada Hwy). Travelling to Vancouver via Highways 11 and 1 is also about an hour and a half.
For commuters and shoppers, the West Coast Express has five trains per day, running from Mission to Vancouver during the morning peak hours, and returning to Mission in the evening. A one-way trip takes roughly 75 minutes, making it faster than driving into Vancouver's Downtown. Bus service is provided by the Central Fraser Valley Transit System, and it connects Mission with the City of Abbotsford, as well as TransLink, with service to the Coquitlam Central Station.
Arts and Entertainment
All Saints of North America Monastery is a popular local attraction. After visiting Mount Athos in 1968, Lev Puhalo and Vasili Novakshonoff decided to build an Orthodox Monastery outside Mission, in Dewdney. Visitors are all warmly received, given a tour, offered tea, and in the case of Orthodox visitors and pilgrims, taken to the Church to reverence the many relics and icons in it. The monastery has a bookstore, gift store and icon museum.
Mission Museum has been recording the district's history since the late 50s, educating its community and preserving its rich heritage. The museum offers historic walking tours, exhibits dedicated to the Sto:Lo first residents, the arrival of the Oblates in 1861, the Great Land Sale of 1891, the Billy Miner train robbery of 1904, The Curious Collection of Anthony Taulbut, and much more.
The Mission Arts Council has been nurturing and cultivating awareness, and a commitment to the arts and culture in Mission since 1972. The council offers a variety of art classes, workshops, programs and special events throughout the year. Located in the Mission Arts Centre, The Rock Family Gallery allows local emerging artists to display their work. Artists and artisans not represented by a professional gallery are welcome to submit 2D and 3D media and techniques.
Mission School District, No. 75 operates The Clarke Theatre, a multi-purpose facility that opened in 1996, for civic and touring events. This 702 seat venue has become the cultural hub of the City of Mission, offering hundreds of presentations. Each July, the Mission Folk Music Festival Society hosts the annual Folk Music Festival, showcasing emerging local and BC musicians. The Stage at the Bellevue Hotel can accommodate up to 215 patrons and features performances of The DRAG Show, live music events, burlesque, male exotic dancers, murder mystery events, and more.
Sports and Recreation
The Dewdney - Deroche area is an outdoor paradise for hikers, mountain bikers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers who enjoy exploring some of BC's virtually unspoiled wilderness. The southwesternmost summit of the Douglas Range in the Lower Mainland is called Dewdney Peak. The area is generally known as Hatzic Mountain, with Hatzic Prairie to the West and the community of Dewdney to the South. The round trip hike is about 12 km, fairly steep, with viewpoints along the way, and the 940m summit.
Another popular hike is the Dewdney Cabin South Trail. It's a 4 km loop trail, with only moderate inclines. The trail is popular for nature trips, birding, walking and hiking. The wildflowers are a big attraction.
For the more fit and adventurous, the Dewdney Grind poses a more challenging hike. The Grind is a 9 km out and back trail, in a beautiful forest setting, rated as difficult. The trail is popular with dog owners.
Dewdney - Deroche is a popular fishing destination and for decades Dewdney General Store has been the place to pick up the latest information. Between September and December, fall salmon make their run through Nicomen Slough to reach their spawning ground. And in the winter and spring months, coastal Cutthroat Trout make this their feeding ground, gorging on salmon eggs that wash down into the slough. Lucky fisherman will also occasionally hook a winter Steelhead or Dolly Varden. Spin-casting and fly fishing typically works best for Nicomen salmon and trout. Shore access is available along the dykes on both sides of the slough, and there's a boat launch off River Road.
The District of Mission has 23 local parks and trails, and 8 regional parks. Its largest park is Fraser River Heritage Park, and this is a great location for a family outing, and place to connect with Mission's history and natural beauty. Mission's Municipal Forest offers many opportunities for recreation, like mountain biking, hiking horseback riding, swimming, boating and fishing. In the winter months, the forest is popular with snowmobilers.
With the Fraser River so close by, Mission residents have access to a wide range of water-based activities, outstanding fishing for salmon and green sturgeon, and many unspoiled green spaces. Mission Raceway Park offers spectators the thrill of drag racing, road racing, motorcycle road racing and motocross events.
Mission Leisure Centre offers length swims, a leisure pool, water slide, swirl pool, steam room, and sauna. Lifeguard training and swimming lessons are available. The centre also has a strong health and wellness program, with youth fitness opportunities, spin, cross training, Aquafit, TRX suspension training, a weight room and personal training. There are soccer fields, and a drop-in gym, with basketball, floor hockey, racquet courts. The ice arena provides public skating, hockey, spring break camps and ringette.
About 45 minutes northeast from Deroche, Sasquatch Mountain Resort enjoys one of southwest British Columbia's most reliable snowfalls. Hemlock offers 1 triple and 2 double chairlifts, with alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, snowshoeing and snow-tubing.
Investing in Dewdney-Deroche
Dewdney and Deroche are roughly 19 minutes and 28 minutes east of Mission, respectively. Each community has a small store, for picking up necessities. The area has a gas bar and there are a few local dining options.
Residents love the small-town feel, green space, spacious properties and peaceful surroundings, and willingly make the short drive into Downtown Mission, where they have all the amenities and convenience of larger surrounding municipalities. Mission is located in the heart of the Fraser Valley, approximately 1 hour east of Vancouver, and 15 minutes north of the US border. Abbotsford and Chilliwack are also relatively close by, for a night out or a mall shopping trip.
The Mission area has seen a steady annual growth rate over the last 35 years, with an average of 3% each year. Housing prices on average have been lower than the rest of the Fraser Valley, making Mission one of the most affordable places to live, and an area particularly attractive to first-time homeowners. For families looking to build a custom home on some acreage, perhaps raise some horses, or own a farm, Dewdney and Deroche are probably perfect.
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