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Overview of Mission, British Columbia, Canada

Mission, British Columbia is nestled on a southern coastal mountain slope overlooking the valley of the Fraser River. Mission is surrounded by the incredible beauty of mountainous vistas and natural forest settings. The city has a unique heritage, it is the site of Canada's first train robbery, B.C.'s first rail link to the United States, and is home to the oldest known First Nations' archeological site in British Columbia.

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  • Population: 31 272 (2001)
  • Area: 225.78/km²
  • Latitude: 49° 8' 01.3"N
  • Longitude: 122° 12' 40.3"W
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 76msl
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Language: English
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History of Mission, British Columbia

Originally inhabited by the Stó:l? First Nations people, Mission City, BC, Canada was founded in 1892. The name Mission City was chosen due to the site's proximity to the historic St. Mary's Mission of the Oblate order just east of town, which was founded in 1868.

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Mission's Demographics

Mission has a low volume of local employment opportunities and a high proportion of residents (nearly 6 out of 10) who commute to work in other cities and towns. The community has a young population, with a median age of 36.4.

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Mission's Climate

The Mission climate is warm in the summer and mild and wet in the winter.

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Education in Mission, British Columbia

Mission has both elementary and secondary schools in the district. Metropolitan Community College also has a campus located in Mission.

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Transportation around Mission, British Columbia

Mission is served by a transit system that connects the District of Mission with Abbotsford. The service is operated by BC Transit, the City of Abbotsford and the District of Mission. Mission is also accessible through commuter rail, the "West Coast Express", which runs from nearby Vancouver to Mission.

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Tourism and Attractions of Mission

Mission is home to several unique attractions. When visiting remember to check out the following places: Westminster Abbey, Mission Museum, Mission Raceway Park, Fraser River Heritage Park, Mission Arts Centre and Mission Leisure Centre and Water Spay Park, to name a few! Enjoy one of the fine dining establishments or go shopping in one of the many stores.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Mission
  • Cascade Ridge
  • Deroche
  • Dewdney
  • Durieu
  • Harrison Mills
  • Hatzic
  • Lake Errock
  • Miracle Valley
  • Silverdale
  • Silverhill
  • Stave Falls
  • Steelhead

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Geography of Mission, British Columbia

Mission is only a 15 minute drive north of the US border, and approximately 70 kilometers east of the City of Vancouver. Situated on a hillside, Mission is located in the heart of the Fraser Valley.

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Mission's Government

The District of Mission is governed by the Municipal Council, which is comprised of Mayor and six Council members.

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Mission's Economy and Industry

Forestry and agriculture are Mission's chief industries. Over the past few years, transportation improvements have enabled the manufacturing sector to expand beyond sawmilling and food processing. Mission holds the only municipal tree farm license in British Columbia.

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Mission's Culture and Significant Events

Throughout the year Mission hosts various events including Canada Day, Labour Day and Christmastime celebrations.

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Sports in Mission, British Columbia

Along with area golf courses Mission also has various sports teams, including the Mission Minor Hockey Association.

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Media of Mission

The Mission City Record is a newspaper published in Mission that keeps residents of the area up to date on local and world news, classifieds, current events and sports.

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