Life In Chilliwack
The city of Chilliwack is located one hour east of Vancouver in the beautiful Fraser Valley. Chilliwack is a community of 90,000 people that is well known for a wide range of outdoor recreation activities, like hiking, water sports, camping, mountain-biking and fishing. Chilliwack’s quality of life is enhanced with a variety of arts, culture, entertainment and sports options.
Combined with easy access to the city of Vancouver for day and weekend getaways, there are endless entertainment opportunities to enjoy. With affordable real estate in well-planned neighbourhoods, Chilliwack provides a laid back lifestyle often associated with smaller towns while also appealing to people who are used to living in bigger cities.
The pace of life in Chilliwack provides more opportunities to spend time with family, and a quality of life that will have you calling it home before you know it.
How did Chilliwack get its name?
The word Chilliwack is the name of a local indigenous tribe as well as a geographic description of the area. Originally spelled Chilliwhack, this “Halkomelem” word means “quieter water at the head” or travel by way of a backwater.
The archeological record shows evidence of Stó:lō people in the Fraser Valley, or S’ólh Téméxw, 10,000 years ago. Permanent structures in the Chilliwack area date from around 5,000 years ago. At the time of the first contact with Europeans it is estimated that there were as many as 40,000 people living within Stó:lō territory.
In 1857, gold was discovered in the Fraser Canyon. By 1859, over 40,000 gold miners had trekked to the goldfields, most travelling through the Chilliwack area. By the mid-1860s, several farms had grown up around the steamboat landings on the Fraser River.
The Township of Chilliwack was incorporated in 1873, the third municipality in British Columbia. Initial settlement was along the Fraser River at Chilliwack Landing. Steamboats were the main mode of transportation, carrying goods and passengers between Chilliwack and New Westminster. After the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885, many residents began to cross the Fraser River at Minto Landing to catch the train at Harrison Mills.
With little room for expansion along the river, the commercial area of the town moved south to the junction of the New Westminster-Yale Wagon Road, Wellington Avenue and Young Road, called “Five Corners”. A large subdivision called Centreville was built in 1881. The name “Centreville” was replaced in 1887 by the more popular “Chilliwack.” The area was incorporated in 1908 as a separate municipality, the City of Chilliwack. The city and the township co-existed for 72 years. In 1984, they merged to form the District of Chilliwack. The District of Chilliwack became the City of Chilliwack in early 1999.
Chilliwack has the highest average annual temperature in Canada at 10.5ºC.
The average daily maximum temperature in January is 6.1ºC, with night time low of 0.8ºC.
Warmer temperatures start in April and extend through October. The summer time high in July is 24.5ºC, with a night time temperature of 13ºC.
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