Maple Ridge is a District Municipality in British Columbia, located in the northeastern section of Metro Vancouver. Maple Ridge has a population of approximately 68,949.
The District of Maple Ridge was incorporated September 12, 1874. It covered an area of 33,000 acres (130 km2) yet only had approximately 50 families living in the town. Maple Ridge is British Columbia’s sixth-oldest municipality (after New Westminster, Victoria, Langley, Lake Cowichan, and Chilliwack). Until the expansion of Metro Vancouver (the GVRD) it was part of the now-defunct Dewdney-Alouette Regional District with the city of Pitt Meadows and District of Mission and other north-side communities east to Chehalis.
In the past 20 years, Maple Ridge has grown very rapidly, with a 12.5% population increase between the 1996 and 2001 censuses. The construction of new residential subdivisions has threatened many sensitive wildlife habitats as well as the District’s limited agricultural land. About two-thirds of those who work outside the home commute into other suburbs or Downtown Vancouver. Because of burgeoning growth connected to the expansion of the Vancouver metropolitan area, Maple Ridge joined the Greater Vancouver Regional District in 1995 (now renamed Metro Vancouver), having historically been a member of the now-rescinded Dewdney-Alouette Regional District (DARD) (Mission and other eastern parts of that regional district are now in the Fraser Valley Regional District). The completion of the Golden Ears Bridge and the construction of the new high level Pitt River bridge span also signal increased growth in coming years.
Maple Ridge is made up of several different historical areas, they are;
- Port Hammond
- Webster’s Corners
- Iron Mountain
- Silver Valley
- Kanaka Creek
This region has been hampered by poor transportation infrastructure for decades. Thus, property values have been historically lower than other areas located the same distance from the CBD. Of all the regions in the Lower Mainland, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are poised to enjoy the most positive impact from the TransLink and Gateway Transportation improvements. This new accessibility will bring a strong and consistent growth to the region, not just in residents but also in companies relocating to a lower cost region. The construction of the bridges, along with the twinning of Highway 7, will add increased accessibility to the region, and shorten the commute times of residents working outside the city
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