East Chilliwack Real Estate & Homes for Sale
East Chilliwack is a rural suburban community, with Downtown Chilliwack to the west, and Rosedale to the east. East Chilliwack Southside lies just south of the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1). Northwest of Southside is the E Young-Yale community, and Rosedale lies due north. To the west, it's bounded by Chilliwack River Road and the small community of Sardis. Annis Road marks its eastern border, and the small, sub-alpine, farming-based community of Ryder Lake lies to the south.
East Chilliwack is a growing urban residential area. It's close to shopping as well as the great outdoors. Majestic mountain peaks like Slesse Mountain and Mount Cheam, and recreational areas such as Chilliwack Lake Provincial Parks and Cultus Lake, surround this beautiful area. New neighbourhoods are continually being added.
The Cliffs development is located just off Annis Rd and offers breathtaking views of the Fraser Valley and the peaks of Mt Cheam. This master planned community has 50 detached full strata homes, situated in a quiet neighbourhood with a private boulevard. Homes are 3 or 4 bedrooms, with 2 or 3 storeys above grade, and double garages. At the time of this writing, phase 7 of this development is about to be released.
Another master-planned neighbourhood, Camden At The Falls, offers a full golf resort experience, including a two-year membership at the Falls Golf Club. 47 single family homes are perched on the side of a mountain, ranging from 1343 to 3266 square feet.
Located in the heart of Garrison Crossing, The Douglas is a four storey independent living building with 47 condominium suites. The development is currently in its second phase. These spacious, open concept homes range in size up to 1,532 square feet. The Sequoia is another four storey condominium complex, in its first phase of development. It offers 60 suites, ranging from 718 to 1,339 square feet.
The soil and mild weather in Chilliwack provided the ideal conditions for farming, and the area has a rich farming history. The majority of Chilliwack's more than 101,512 residents (2016 census) are now city-dwellers, instead of farmers. The median age is 43.2, with 18.0% 14 and under, 61.8% ages 15 to 64, and retirees age 65 and older making up 20.2%.
Maclean's Magazine featured Chilliwack in their "Canada's Top 10 cities for weather", in 2013. With an average annual temperature of 10.5 °C, when averaged from 1981 through 2010, Chilliwack was rated the warmest city in Canada. Summers are warm and partly cloudy, and winters are cool, overcast and wet. 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 from June 18 to September 16, on average, and the cool season 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). Chilliwack residents might see a few days of light snow during the winter.
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Chilliwack's service and retail sectors account for roughly 50% of its gross domestic product. Other growth industries include manufacturing at 13%, construction at 8%, and agriculture and forestry at 5% GDP.
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 and there are some jobs in agriculture.
46.5% of Chilliwack adult residents have a post-secondary education. 42,065, or 63%, are involved in Chilliwack's labour force. The median household income is $65,603 (2015 census), with an unemployment rate of 5.7% (Dec. 29, 2017 Statistics Canada survey results).
East Chilliwack Elementary School (K - 6), Rosedale Elementary-Middle School (7 - 9) and Chilliwack Senior Secondary (10 - 12) are the designated schools that fall in the School District 33 catchment area.
In 2015, East Chilliwack Elementary School commemorated 125 years of education. The school enrols students kindergarten through grade 6. East Chilliwack offers a Super Reader, Inter-school Sports and hot lunch program. Extracurricular team sports include touch rugby, basketball and floor hockey.
The Rosedale Traditional Community School is a combination of two former schools, Rosedale Elementary School and Rosedale Traditional Middle School. The new Rosedale Elementary/Middle School enrols 450 students. There are about 180 students grades 1 through 6, and 270 students grades 7 to 9. The school also accommodates about 120 kindergarten students. RTCS is the only K-9 school in Chilliwack School District 33. As a traditional school, Rosedale Traditional holds a consistent focus on specific standards of behaviour and academic achievement.
Chilliwack Senior Secondary School enrols over 1,500 students, grades 10 through 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).
For post-secondary continuing education, Chilliwack has some great options: a University of the Fraser Valley campus, Vancouver Career College, Chilliwack ElderCollege and Sprott Shaw College.
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. UFV also offers more than a dozen trades and technology programs. It's 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.
Chilliwack ElderCollege works in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley to provide adults 50 years and better with education and learning opportunities. Programs include Active Participation, Arts & Culture, Learn by Doing, Study & Discussion and Technology & Photography.
Sprott Shaw College designs career-focused college programs around each student, with placement assistance. They offer programs in Business & Administration, Nursing & Health Care, Child, Family & Community Support, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Trades & Design, Post-Graduate and Language.
Chilliwack has several larger shopping centres, and two are minutes from East Chilliwack. Cottonwood Mall offers 77 stores, including Sears, Dollarama and London Drugs. Chilliwack Mall has over 20 stores, including Winners, Reitmans, SportChek and Safeway. It's located in the heart of the retail district at Vedder Rd. and Luckakuck Way. Vedder Pointe Shopping Centre has 18 stores, including Shoppers Drug Mart, Dollarama and World Gym.
Nearby are Walmart Chilliwack Superstore and Holland Shopping Centre. Holland Shopping Centre specializes in Dutch products, including groceries, cheese, kitchen items, books, kitchen items and more.
Some of the restaurants in the area include the Earls Kitchen + Bar, Chilliwack Airport Restaurant, Chances Chilliwack, Corner Nook Cafe and IHOP. But if you enjoy ethnic food, East Chilliwack is the place to dine. When you're craving something Mediterranean, Frankies Italian Kitchen & Bar, Bozzini's Restaurant, J's Pizza, The Greek Islands Restaurant, Tulip Donair or Donair Affair should hit the spot.
If you're thinking of Asian cuisine, Suski Nabi, Coconut Thai Restaurant, Queen Valley Vietnamese Restaurant, Shandhar Hut Indian Cuisine and Royal Zayka Cuisine of India are close by. Hugo's Mexican Kitchen and Fiesta Loco serve up great Mexican Fare.
For date night or a special occasion, consider Bravo Restaurant & Lounge, Vita Bella Italian Bistro or Prestons Restaurant + Lounge. Bravo Restaurant & Lounge is a casually elegant cosmopolitan restaurant, with a top-quality innovative menu inspired by the local Pacific North-West.
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.
Located in Chilliwack's downtown, Prestons Restaurant + Bar creates dishes that are farm to table, using fresh and locally grown ingredients. The restaurant features steaks, seafood & pasta, plus cocktails and outdoor seating.
East Chilliwack is located just off the Trans Canada Highway. Abbotsford is a 25-minute drive, and Vancouver is 1 hour 15 minutes. Downtown Chilliwack is only 5 minutes away. BCTransit provides bus service to East Chilliwack via route #7. Fraser Valley Express (FVX) offers scheduled trips to Abbotsford and Langley, and connection with TransLink's transit system into Vancouver. The Agassiz-Harrison Transit System connects Chilliwack with Rosedale, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs.
Chilliwack Airport (YCW) 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.
Arts and Entertainment
The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (CSO) and Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra will delight classical music lovers with the world's finest music masterpieces, played by musicians and sung by singers from the Fraser Valley. Every Friday evening during the months of July and August, the Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association hosts free concerts and activities in Chilliwack's downtown core.
Chilliwack Cultural Centre is a performing arts venue that is home to the Chilliwack Players' Guild and the Chilliwack Academy of Music. The Chilliwack Players' Guild has been part of the Chilliwack theatre tradition since 1931. Its membership is made up of local residents who want to become involved in theatre, whether on stage or behind the scenes. The Chilliwack Academy of Music is a nonprofit music school that makes the best teachers and learning experience available at a very competitive rate.
The University of the Fraser Valley Theatre Department's UFV Theatre produces three or four main stage shows every year, as well as its annual Directors' Festival. The Chilliwack School of Performing Arts offers instruction in acting, singing and dancing.
Chilliwack has two museums: the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame and Chilliwack Museum and Archives. Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the best athletes, teams, and coaches in Chilliwack's rich sporting history. The Chilliwack Museum and Archives' 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
Chilliwack has 12 parks, including Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park, Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park and Cultus Lake Provincial Park. The area is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise for biking, hiking, trail running, horseback riding, fishing, camping, golf and more.
East Chilliwack locals enjoy walking along the winding paths of Jinkerson Park, through both manicured and rough grass areas. The park offers two play areas: one for toddlers 2 to 5, and the other for ages 5 through 12. There's also a sports court for basketball and ball hockey, a picnic area and drinking fountains.
Just south of Jinkerson Park is Mount Thom Park. The 70-hectare wooded area offers more than 5 km of trails, accessible from three parking areas in Ryder Lake: Forester Road and Churchill Parkway and Ross Road. There are also several trailheads in the Promontory area. Hikers enjoy breathtaking views of Promontory and Cultus Lake from the slopes and 484-metre summit of Mount Thom. The park also has some equestrian trails and picnic tables.
Just west of East Chilliwack is Sardis Park. The 5 hectare (12.28 acre) community park was developed in 1971 from a former gravel pit. There are a 655-metre loop trail and pond walk, large grass area, outdoor fitness equipment, picnic tables and playground.
Tzeachten Sportsfield is a unique field that melds baseball and soccer, satisfying the Tzeachten First Nation's two sporting passions. The artificial turf field makes the field available year round, rain or shine.
The Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre in Downtown Chilliwack offers a state-of-the-art aquatic centre, weight room, group fitness studio and even a café. The aquatic centre features an eight-lane 25-metre competition size pool with a 1-metre diving board, large family wave pool, waterslide, swirl pools, sauna and steam room.
Just southwest of East Chilliwack, in the heart of Garrison Village, Cheam Leisure Centre features an aquatic centre, squash courts, weight room, a double gymnasium, family hot tub and a dry sauna. The Cheam aquatic centre has a six-lane 25-metre competition pool with a 1-metre diving board. The play area outside includes a spray park for tots.
Located next to Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre, Prospera Centre is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena. The 100,000 sq ft facility is home to the 2018 RBC Cup Championship BCHL Hockey Team The Chilliwack Chiefs. It's also host to many local events, including concerts, ice shows, trade shows, and conventions. The floor can accommodate over 6,000 people for concerts. This incredible venue has two NHL sized rinks, a multi-purpose meeting room, professional locker rooms, full food and beverage service and a pro shop.
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. Falls Golf Club was carved out of the foothills of Mount Cheam. This local course offers spectacular views of the Fraser Valley and the rolling terrain, with natural rock outcroppings and tall cedars, deliver a challenging round. The changes in elevation total over 750 feet. The holes each have an average of five sets of tees, allowing players of all abilities can play to their skill level.
Chilliwack is known for its world-class fishing, in the Fraser and Vedder Rivers, and crystal clear lakes. The mighty Fraser River is the main artery for all five of the Pacific salmon species: Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink and Sockeye. The Fraser is also home to the White Sturgeon, a prehistoric dinosaur fish. The Sturgeon is the largest freshwater species in North and South America, with behemoth fish weighing in at over 900 lb. Vedder River wild Pacific salmon and steelhead will test any angler's skills, with magnificent fish that put up an incredible fight.
Investing in East Chilliwack
The mountainous East Chilliwack hillsides, with their spectacular views, have caught the eye of developers, and new master-planned communities are becoming available quite regularly. Chilliwack home prices are typically more attractive than those in Abbotsford and Vancouver, making it an outstanding place for new home buyers to raise a family, or seniors to downsize and retire in a quiet affordable neighbourhood.
Affordable real estate, a strong economy, and skills-focused education positioned Chilliwack on the Top 10 List of BC Cities for Investment (2017), according to the British Columbia Investment Towns Report by the Real Estate Investment Network. Chilliwack boasts a stable 3% growth rate, and the area continues to attract new employers in retail/wholesale, professional services, tourism, creative industries and technology, manufacturing, agriculture and food processing, and more.
Chilliwack has experienced a recent five-year growth rate of 7.5% (2011–2016). Chilliwack has also earned top ranks for lowest taxes and fastest approvals, according to the 2017 Industrial Development Report Card, produced by NAIOP.
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