MAPLE RIDGE British Columbia

About the City of Maple Ridge

Maple Ridge is a quaint country town, 266km in size, with a population of 82,256 and was incorporated in 1874 during early settlement along the Fraser River. While the mountainous terrain provides year-round stunning views, this town has seen rapid growth since the late 1990’s.

 

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Maple Ridge to explore the natural settings this City provides. Golden Ears Park is 55,625 hectares of unrefined beauty that offers hundreds of campsites, BBQ areas, beaches, boat launches, fishing, horseback riding, open green space, and wildlife viewing.  While Kanaka Creek is a historic rural area located along the banks of the creek of the same name, providing a nice spot for a picnic lunch and beautiful forest/river walk.

Port Haney, Port Hammond, Whonnock and Ruskin were the original communities that formed the District of Maple Ridge. On September 12, 2014, the 140th Anniversary of the incorporation of these communities and this District became a “City of Maple Ridge”. The 4 communities still reside here today with minibins.ca providing service for their waste recycling & organic needs.

Port Haney, named after Thomas Haney, a skilled brick maker who purchased land on the north side of the Fraser River in 1879. Due to the area’s excellent deposits of clay, making of brocks was a natural fit. Unfortunately, in 1880 the “Haney Slide” occurred, partially blocking the Fraser River and creating tsunami-like waves that damaged wharves and piers along the river. However, Thomas Haney did not let this discourage him and continued to establish a brickyard business which he operated for 11 years.

Port Hammond was first thought to be the end of the CPR line and a major port in the area. The Hammond brothers and the Mohun family planned for a booming town in 1882, when a contract to build the railroad to Port Moody would cut through both families’ properties. This boom collapsed after the CPR line was extended further west with the terminus ending at the future location of the City of Vancouver. With this collapse, Port Hammond still survived, only to suffer a major fire in 1926.

Whonnock’s name is derived from “Halkomelem” the native word for humpback salmon or pink salmon, the only kind of salmon to ascend Whonnock creek which flows from the north, above Dewdney Trunk Road, south to the Fraser River passing Whonnock Lake. This area was the centre for social life in the area for many decades, including a Ladies Club that was built in 1912 by the women of Whonnock.

Ruskin was named around 1900 after the English art critic John Ruskin. This area borders on its west side with the community of Whonnock and on the east side with the District of Mission. Residents that live along the western shore of the lower Stave River, even if they live in the District of Mission, still consider their neighbourhood as Ruskin. The historic Red Bridge (pictured above) was built in 1908 and was the first road crossing of the lower Stave River.

While the above four communities formed what is now The City of Maple Ridge, other communities have cropped up due to the expansion Maple Ridge has seen. These communities vary in size, population and history.

Albion, which is the oldest non-indigenous community of The City of Maple Ridge, was originally known as East Haney, it was renamed Albion in 1907. and is only slightly younger than Fort Langley. Albion Hall (pictured to the left) which was around from 1923-2011 was built because the people of Albion enjoyed getting together with one another, but did not want to travel abroad for this.

Webster’s Corner was established in 1888 when James Murray Webster first settled in the area, but it became more established when he opened a Post Office in his house in 1891.

Yennadon, mostly known as a recreation centre due to its location between the North and South Alouette Rivers around Maple Ridge Park.

Silver Valley is a growing residential area with distinct vegetation including marshlands and rock barrens with long-term natural clearings.

 

Thornhill is a heavily forested and a newer residential area to The City of Maple Ridge, where there are several farms and nurseries where you can purchase fresh produce during peak season.

While the city is known for its natural beauty, the arts are supported as well at The Act (https://www.theactmapleridge.org/act-presents/act-presents-series/) where aspiring artists can display their work for viewing purposes in The Gallery. As well, performances of all kinds, such as ballet, concerts, and plays are performed throughout the year.

Thornhill is a heavily forested and a newer residential area to The City of Maple Ridge, where there are several farms and nurseries where you can purchase fresh produce during peak season.

While the city is known for its natural beauty, the arts are supported as well at The Act (https://www.theactmapleridge.org/act-presents/act-presents-series/) where aspiring artists can display their work for viewing purposes in The Gallery. As well, performances of all kinds, such as ballet, concerts, and plays are performed throughout the year.

Although it’s a quaint country town, it has been known to bring forth a couple of celebrities like Cam Neely, who played hockey professionally from 1983-1996. As well as Greg Moore who drove professionally until his fatal crash in 1999. His parents and family opened the Greg Moore Youth Centre in his honour. This centre offers a variety of recreational opportunities for youth aged 13-18.

This expansion has given minibins.ca a great opportunity to provide waste/recycle/organic removal services through front load bins, roll-off dumpsters and minibins, as well as carts. Whether a resident requires a container for an undetermined amount of time due to a recent renovation/construction or project, or a business owner is in need of year-round waste/recycle/organic removal services.

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