The history of Mission as a city goes back over 150 years, but it’s history as a place of inhabitance goes back thousands.
It was likely the rich salmon runs of the Fraser River that first drew the First Nations people to this place. The Sto:lo aboriginal people have lived in the Mission area for centuries, and the national historic sit of the former Coast Salish village is believed to be 9,000 years old. In 1862, Catholic priests established St. Mary’s Mission, from which the town derives its name. In 1885 the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) arrived, and the town experienced a substantial boost.
Today, Mission is a rapidly growing and dynamic community of 38,000 residents. Nestled on the southern slopes of the Coast Mountains, and overlooking the lush Fraser River valley, its location makes it a haven for lovers of the great outdoors. It is especially famous for sturgeon and salmon fishing. Local farms, talented artists, brewpubs, restaurants and cultural festivals are all an integral part of the community.
Mission is well-connected to the rest of the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver. Abbotsford is just a few minutes to the south, Maple Ridge is 30 minutes to the west, and Vancouver is just over an hour away by car. If you prefer sit back and relax, each weekday during peak hours the West Coast Express commuter train makes it run into downtown Vancouver, with stops in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Coquitlam, and Port Moody. The U.S. border is just 20 minutes south by car.
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