Maple Ridge’s unique geography and location provide the residents of the city with a wide range of outdoor activities and lifestyle choices. It is precisely these activities that make Maple Ridge such a coveted and great place to call home. Not only does Maple Ridge offer a wide range of outdoor opportunities in close proximity, but the city also provides a great selection of cultural and historical attractions all within the city limits. Here are some of the more popular attractions for tourists and locals alike.
Golden Ears Provincial Park
Golden Ears Provincial Park is the largest single attraction in Maple Ridge. The city is blessed to sit on the borders of this park and because of its proximity residents can enjoy all that Golden Ears has to offer. The park hosts many great trails for all skill levels as well as camping opportunities.
One of the largest attractions in the park is Alouette Lake. Alouette Lake provides visitors with swimming, canoeing and fishing opportunities. The lake also offers one of the three campgrounds found in Golden Ears. If you are visiting the Maple Ridge area or are new to the town, make sure to include a trip to Alouette Lake; you will not be disappointed!
The Downtown – Haney
The downtown core of Maple Ridge, Haney, is a unique and historic part of the city, where old and new come together. There are still many of the city’s oldest buildings and heritage sites preserved in and around the downtown core. In addition to these heritage buildings, Haney has a wide range of modern shopping selections. Stroll the downtown streets and enjoy some of the city’s finest boutique stores and shopping on 224 street. Make sure to set aside some time to enjoy one of the many great restaurants in the downtown core, or if you are in a hurry, have a coffee at one of the local roasters. Whatever your idea of a downtown experience, Haney is sure to deliver!
Farmers Market/Circle Farm Tour
The place to be on Saturday mornings in Maple Ridge is at the Memorial Peace Park for the Maple Ridge Farmers Market. This market brings some of the freshest produce from around the Maple Ridge area to one convenient location. Maple Ridge is home to some of the Lower Mainland’s most fertile soil and longest growing seasons. This translates into some of the best local, organic produce in all of Metro Vancouver. Maple Ridge is also part of the Lower Mainland’s berry belt and this is reflected in the Farmers Market. In addition to great local produce, the market also provides patrons with unique, locally made handicrafts, jewelry and specialty foods such as cheeses, breads and other artisan crafted goods. See why the Maple Ridge Farmers Market is a community favourite.
The Circle Farm Tour is a unique opportunity for individuals to sample and enjoy some of the local products that are available in and around Maple Ridge. The Circle Farm Tours are self-guided tours that connect patrons with local vendors, small eateries, wineries and some of the areas heritage sites. Make sure to experience this one of a kind Maple Ridge attraction!
Festivals and Events
Maple Ridge offers a wide selection of festivals and events. From Remembrance Day ceremonies to Canada Day and a Santa Parade, Maple Ridge offers something for everyone. Some of the more unique festivals are the Caribbean Street Festival and the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Country Fest.
The Caribbean Street Festival is one of Maple Ridge’s most popular annual events. In July for two days, the streets of downtown Maple Ridge and Memorial Park come alive with a host of Caribbean culture. From live reggae and island music to Caribbean food stalls and street vendors; there is so much to see and do. This family friendly festival is a great way to become part of the vibrant Maple Ridge community!
The Maple Ridge Country Fest brings all things country to Maple Ridge for a week in July. Make sure to take in the large variety of live music and the interesting agricultural exhibition to entertain your whole family. There is also a monster truck event and amusement rides for children and parents alike. The best part about the Maple Ridge Country Fest is that admission is free!
Historic and Heritage Sites
One of the biggest draws for residents of Maple Ridge as well as tourists to the area are the historic sites and the rich history of the region. The Fraser River Heritage Walk is a must if you are looking to immerse yourself in the region`s history. The walk passes by some of the oldest buildings in Maple Ridge, such as Maple Ridge’s original post office, the iconic Haney House, and St. Andrews Heritage Church Hall, which is the first church in Maple Ridge.
Another must see historic point of interest for the area is the museum. The Maple Ridge Museum showcases the region`s early years with a main focus on the railway. The museum houses a railway diorama that shows the early routes of the CPR. In addition to the diorama, the museum is also home to a fully restored CPR caboose.
These are just some of the many great attractions and destinations that await you in the bustling and welcoming community of Maple Ridge. All of these events and attractions make Maple ridge a special little town that is a perfect place to call home. Come see for yourself why this affordable gem of a city is a great place to live and work.