Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows

Predominantly a farming area on the western edge of the Fraser Valley and nestled at the feet of the Coast Mountains, the communities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, often called Ridge Meadows, offer an abundance of outdoor opportunities. The area is fortunate to have Golden Ears Provincial Park, one of the largest provincial parks in British Columbia, and the mighty Fraser River, right on its doorstep, that provide adventure and fun for all ages. Other parks, lakes and rivers also entice locals and visitors to these communities. Horse riding, biking and hiking are popular with hundreds of kilometres of trails to choose from. Canoeing, water skiing, fishing, swimming and more can be found right in the Ridge Meadows area. Stunning championship golf courses, artisans, farm markets, and even sky diving are all here for the outdoor adventurer.

Hoffman Park, Pitt Meadows

Hoffman Park, Pitt Meadows

Location

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are located east of Vancouver. There are 3 major routes from Vancouver: Trans Canada Hwy 1; Hwy 7; and if coming from Vancouver International Airport, Hwy 17 and the Golden Ears Bridge. They are approximately 40 km (25 mi) from Vancouver. To access the communities from the east use Hwy 1 then take the Golden Ears Bridge north; or Hwy 7.

Bike Trails in Maple Ridge Photo Province of BC

Bike Trails in Maple Ridge Photo Province of BC

A Step Back in Time

Indigenous peoples inhabited the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows area over 1,000 years ago. They were known collectively as “Halkomelem” and lived predominantly off the land by farming and hunting and fishing in the Fraser River. Today, the Katzie Nation still reside here.

The first European to arrive was a British explorer, Captain James McMillan of the Hudson Bay Company, in 1824. He named the Pitt River, an arm of the Fraser River, and local lore suggests the name was inspired by British prime minister William Pitt the Younger. Settlers gradually arrived and by the mid-1870s some 50 or so families lived in the area. Logging and farming were the prime industries.

In 1858, Samuel Robertson, a carpenter who worked for the Hudson Bay Company arrived and stayed in what was called Albion, which is now a community of Maple Ridge. He planted fruit trees and it was the first orchard not owned by the Hudson Bay. In 1859 John MacIvor, a pioneer, established a dairy farm further west and named the region Maple Ridge after the maples growing in the area.

The Fraser River was the main transportation corridor and flat-bottomed sternwheelers plied the waters delivering produce and goods until the Canadian Pacific Railway arrived in 1895.

Maple Ridge was first incorporated in 1874 and included Pitt Meadows. Residents of Pitt Meadows lobbied to be removed from Maple Ridge in 1892 and it reverted to an unorganized territory. It was subsequently incorporated in 1914. After 1910 French Canadians and Japanese arrived and a group of Dutch farmers reclaimed some of the low-lying land in Pitt Meadows after World War II.

The Maple Ridge Museum is home to many artifacts from the early days and is housed in Haney House, named after Thomas Haney, an early settler who was Manager of the Port Haney Brick & Tile Company. The Pitt Meadows Museum is located in the old General Store and houses a remarkable collection of pioneer and agricultural artifacts. The building was Pitt Meadows’ first post office and one of the town’s earliest stores.

Contact Information

Tourism Maple Ridge
City of Pitt Meadows

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2400 Motel

2400 Motel

Vancouver

Classic bungalows resting on over three acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in the city of Vancouver, 2400 Motel offers well-maintained units that range from large family units to smaller motel style units. The large units feature a full kitchen, perfect for guests who are wanting extended stay ... Read more
Anmore Camp & RV Park

Anmore Camp & RV Park

Anmore

Centrally located to Vancouver. Entrance to Buntzen Lake. Quiet. Park Setting. Security Gate. Full hookups. Firepits. Showers. Laundry. Store. Sports court. Canoeing. Fishing. Open by Appointment Oct - Mar 31. ... Read more
Burnaby Cariboo RV Park

Burnaby Cariboo RV Park

Burnaby

Deluxe RV Park for sightseeing the Vancouver, Canada area. This campground has full hook-ups for any size motorhome, trailer or 5th wheel. Separate tent camping area, indoor pool, jacuzzi (hot tub), fitness room, store. On transit route (bus, skytrain, sea bus). Guided tours of Vancouver & Victoria. ... Read more
Dogwood Campgrounds of BC

Dogwood Campgrounds of BC

Surrey

From the East on Hwy 1 take exit 50, stay right follow signs. From the West on Hwy 1 take exit 48 follow 108 E Ave signs, turn off 108 E off of 152nd St. Pool, laundry, bus tours, pull- thrus. Arcade, playground. Free showers. Very accessible to Vancouver and it's attractions. ... Read more
Hampton Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel

Hampton Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel

Richmond

The Hampton Inn Vancouver Airport features 109 guestrooms and is located in the heart of Richmond, British Columbia. It is conveniently situated close to local restaurants, 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, 20 minutes from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and just 35 minutes from our beautiful native ski ... Read more
Hazelmere  RV Park & Campground

Hazelmere RV Park & Campground

Surrey

Experience the country in the city at Hazelmere RV Park & Campground! Nestled far from the country road, relax and unwind in the peaceful countryside. Situated on 32 landscaped acres with the Little Campbell River running through the property. We have over 150 RV sites with a choice of full or parti ... Read more
Peace Arch RV Park

Peace Arch RV Park

Surrey

Peace Arch RV Park accommodates 250 sites. Surrounded by trees and shrubs with captivating flowers. Pool and playground for guests use. We are located near amenities and minutes from the beaches. Hwy 99 will take you to downtown Vancouver in 45 minutes. RV Rentals are 20 minutes away from us. ... Read more
Plaza RV Park

Plaza RV Park

Surrey

Centrally located on Hwy 99A between ferries, airport and US border. Public transit at our door. Quick access to Skytrain. Clean and peaceful setting, close to Vancouver. ... Read more
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