Mission West Real Estate & Homes For Sale
Mission West is the Mission district municipality's west end. It begins at Hurd Street, with the residential neighbourhood of West Heights, and follows Nelson Street and Silverdale Avenue (and the Silverdale neighbourhood) at the Western fringe, around Mission Golf & Country Club. The northern boundary is Olson Avenue, and to the South is the Fraser River.
The very affordable homes in Mission West are becoming increasingly more attractive as the housing demands in the Fraser Valley increase. The West End's location makes it ideal for commuters, with quick access to Hwy 7, Hwy 11 and the West Coast Express Commuter Train. The community includes a Walmart Supercenter and Real Canadian Superstore, and it's located just 2 minutes from The Junction Shopping Centre. Mission Memorial Hospital is also minutes away. Mission West is a quiet area, away from downtown, but close to all the amenities.
Mission West has an oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification Cfb) with mild winters and warm summers. Rainfall is plentiful all year round, with a dryer trend between June and August. The average January temperature is 3°C, with a July average of 17°C. The average rainfall is 2,387 mm, with 130 cm snowfall.
The unemployment rate in Mission is 5.6%, which is below that of the province, at 6.0% (2016). Mission's median household income is $65,411 (CDN). The median age is 39, making Mission a young population. 23.5% are 14 years and under, 20.8% are 15 - 34, and 5.2% are 75 years and older. Its population is 38,833 (2016).
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Most of Mission's workforce is involved in manufacturing, construction, retail, transportation, education and health care. Approximately 60% of the population works in outlying cities. The median commute time is 26 minutes (2011 household survey).
Historically, forestry, hydroelectricity and agriculture have been Mission's primary resource sectors, and they provided the basis for local retail and service businesses. For many years sawmills and food processing were the main Mission industries. Forest and wood-related industries continue to dominate Mission's manufacturing sector, and leading employers include BC Frozen Foods and the trucking firm T-Lane.
Mission's single largest 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. Mission holds the only municipal tree farming license in BC, and that also provides some jobs.
The federal government developed two large penal facilities in central Mission's Ferndale area; one minimum security and the other medium security. Once the heart of the berry industry in the Fraser Valley, agriculture is now restricted to the Dewdney-Deroche district east of Mission and a fairly narrow belt along the Fraser River. Dairy is the primary agricultural undertaking, but there is also some hog, poultry, beef and vegetable farming.
School District 75 Mission operates the public schools in the District of Mission and in the unincorporated areas to the east.
Mission West students, kindergarten through grade 6, attend West Heights Elementary. The school is proud of the Aboriginal programs that are offered to all students. There are opportunities to participate in activities such as soapstone carving, beading, making dream catchers and Metis jigging. The also school has a strong music program, and Girls and Boys Club are offered to Intermediate students. Other specialty programs include Technology Thursdays, where students work on laptops and iPads. Mission West's Learning Support Program (LST) provides one-on-one and small group instruction for those students needing extra assistance with reading, including reading comprehension and fluency, as well as writing, and math skills.
École Heritage Park Middle School enrols grades 7 through 9 and has about 670 students. The school shares the site with the University of the Fraser Valley and the Clarke Theatre. Heritage Park's curriculum includes rigorous academics and a broad selection of electives in fine arts, applied skills, and languages. The school offers two district programs of choice: French Immersion and Intensive Core French.
École Mission Senior Secondary School is a dual track Mission school that provides both Regular and French Immersion programs for grades 10 through 12. Mission Senior was built in 1952 and is the longest-serving secondary school in the District of Mission. In 2014 it was decided that Mission Secondary would become the only high school in Mission and the surrounding rural communities.
There are several independent schools in Mission. Khalsa School – Mission is part of the oldest, largest and most reputable Sikh institutions of learning in BC. Valley Christian School enrols students kindergarten through grade 12 and has a Distributed Learning program with an interdenominational Christian focus. Summit Learning Centre offers online courses for home and online learning, for kindergarten through grade 12. Their ArtSmarts program allows students to participate in field trips and a variety of learning experiences.
University of the Fraser Valley Mission Campus, at Heritage Park Centre, offers high quality, career-focused education that takes learning outside the classroom. Riverside College provides an apprenticeship trades program, designed to lead graduates directly into employment opportunities. There are currently over 150 apprenticeable trades in BC.
Mission West is close to excellent shopping centres and large stores. Located on the Lougheed Hwy, SmartCentres Mission has 9 brand name stores, fast food outlets, and a Walmart Supercentre. There's also a Real Canadian Superstore.
Just Southeast of Mission West, residents can shop at The Junction Shopping Centre and Shops at Mission. Junction Shopping Centre has 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. The Shops at Mission plaza has 13 stores, including a Safeway and Shoppers Drug Mart.
There are three restaurants right in the Mission West residential area. The Wee Chippie is the place for Fish & Chips in Mission. Located on Highway 7, Ricky's Country Restaurant offers outstanding value and a family-friendly atmosphere, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mission Springs Brewing Company is a 10 barrel brewhouse overlooking the Fraser River. The Mission Springs pub and restaurant serves up great appies, gourmet fries, salads, burgers and fries, sandwiches and wraps, pizza, and desserts. There are three patios and kids play area.
A few blocks to the East, Mission's downtown core offers an abundance of locally owned restaurants, retail stores and services. Heritage Park Marketplace plaza, at Stave Lake Street & 11th Avenue, is conveniently located across from the UFV Campus.
Mission has a great selection of fast food establishments, family restaurants, bars and fine dining. For a quick bite or pub fare, consider Kingfishers Waterfront Bar & Grill, Black Sheep Pub or Character’s Pub & Grill. Popular dinner spots in Mission include Eleni's Restaurant, Embers BBQ House, Mission Station Grill, and U & I Thai Restaurant. For date night or a special occasion, The Blackberry Kitchen offers tempting menus that feature in-season, locally-grown ingredients, sustainable meat, fish, and poultry. At Blackberry Kitchen, they even grow their own herbs right beside the restaurant to provide the freshest flavours.
BC Transit route #32 services the West Heights neighbourhood in Mission West, connecting with shopping and the Downtown Exchange. Mission's transportation infrastructure includes the Lougheed Highway 7, Abbotsford-Mission Highway 11 and the West Coast Express commuter train.
Highway 7 follows the southern bank of the Fraser River and is 118 km (93 mi) in length. It connects Mission with Maple Ridge, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Vancouver, to the West, and with Highway 1 to the East, near Hope. Highway 11 is a flat 17 km (11 mi) expressway that literally cuts Abbotsford down the middle. The Abbotsford-Mission Hwy 11 passes through Abbotsford, connecting traffic with Washington State Route 9, by way of the Huntingdon Canada–US border crossing.
Mission West to Vancouver is 1hour 31 minutes, via Hwy 7, a 1 hour 52 minutes via Hwy 11 and then Hwy 1 West. Abbotsford is only 15 minutes away via Hwy 11. Chilliwack is a 37-minute drive via Hwy 11 and then Hwy 1 East. The West Coast Express runs five trains per day 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.
The 67.9 km bus trip from Vancouver to Mission is 1 hour and 21 minutes. 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
The Mission Arts Council has been nurturing and encouraging awareness, and a commitment to the arts and culture in Mission since 1972. The arts council offers a variety of art classes, workshops, programs and special events throughout the year. Located in the Mission Arts Centre, MAC Rock Family Gallery provides an opportunity for 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.
The Clarke Theatre is a 702 seat multi-purpose facility that has become the cultural hub of the community of Mission. The theatre hosts civic and touring events and has offered hundreds of presentations. Each July the Mission Folk Music Festival Society hosts their annual Folk Music Festival, which showcases emerging local and BC musicians.
Mission Museum is committed to recording the district's history, educating its community and preserving its heritage. It offers historic walking tours, and exhibits dedicated to the Sto:Lo first inhabitants, the arrival of the Oblates in 1861, the Great Land Sale of 1891, the Billy Miner train robbery of 1904, and much more.
Sports and Recreation
Just North of West Heights, Mission Sports Park has several grass baseball diamonds, a soccer field, snack bar and public washrooms. The park is well lit for evening games. Mission Golf & Country Club combines a demanding layout with attractive landscaping and thickly forested terrain. The course provides a truly challenging golf experience, and the creatively designed 9 holes provide a unique change of tee decks for the back nine.
A few blocks East of West Heights, Mission Leisure Centre offers a water slide and leisure pool, ice arena and curling, and gym. Health & wellness programs include spin, youth fitness, cross train, aquafit, TRX, yoga and pilates, and personal training.
Silverdale Creek Wetlands is a 46 ha public park, comprising a managed system of estuarine marshes, formerly river oxbows that are now mostly impounded by dykes. The freshwater marsh and bog are bordered by coastal cedar-hemlock, bigleaf maple and alder forests. Trails and boardwalks meander through the woods and wetlands, providing a quiet nature retreat. Dogs are permitted on a leash. Sun Valley Trout Park is a privately owned campground and a commercial trout farm. There's fee-fishing for pan-sized trout and catch and release flyfishing on the small lake.
The District of Mission has 23 local parks and trails, and 8 regional parks. Fraser River Heritage Park is Mission’s largest park. It's the ideal location for gatherings and a great place to connect with Mission's rich history and natural beauty. Mission's Municipal Forest also offers many opportunities for recreation, such as mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, boating and fishing. In the winter months, the forest is popular for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Mission has a total of four golf courses. Mission Raceway Park offers spectators the thrill of motorsport, with drag racing, road racing, motorcycle road racing and motocross events. East of Mission, Sasquatch Mountain Resort has one of southwest British Columbia's most consistent snowfalls. The mountain offers 1 triple and 2 double chairlifts, with alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, tobogganing, snow-shoeing and snow-tubing.
Investing in Mission West
Mission West has become a residential growth area, as the housing demands in the Fraser Valley increase. The affordable residential area is particularly attractive to young families and first-time homeowners. It's close to great shopping and restaurants, schools, and recreational facilities.
Mission West is located in the heart of the Fraser Valley, about a 1 hour and a half East of Vancouver, and 20 minutes North of the US border. It provides easy access to Highway 7, Highway 11 and the West Coast Express commuter train.
Mission as a whole has seen a steady annual growth rate over the last 35 years, averaging over 3% annually. Housing prices on average have been lower than the rest of the Fraser Valley, making Mission one of the most affordable places to live.
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