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TO  M ISS IO N! WELCOME Mission Library has the TOMISSION! resources you need:

Experience downtown Mission is a vibrant city. Our historical downtown features unique shops, entertainment venues and establishments offering a wide range of goods and services. With over 100 businesses and stores there is truly something for everyone. The stores offer a wide variety, whether you are looking for unique clothing, quality shoes, art or craft items, there are specialty stores downtown. The merchants are knowledgeable and

friendly. Downtown is walkable, so come down to browse the stores or window shop. We invite you to “explore downtown” through its website to get a feel for the amenities in the area. Shop, dine, do business and connect with friends in the heart of Mission; we’re sure you’ll find downtown a warm, welcoming place to be! For more information visit

Mission Librarywireless, has the computers, resources you need: meeting rooms, travel books, computers, wireless, local history and books, more! meeting rooms, travel local history and more!

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A friendly, exciting place to shop! Mission’s downtown is an eclectic mix of unique, funky shops that carry a wide variety of interesting items you won’t find anywhere else, not to mention the exceptional customer service offered by each of the individually owned and operated stores. The personal touch is what many customers rave about after visiting downtown. Mission is very quaint, and people can stroll while admiring the tree-lined street and absorbing the hometown feeling exuded by the friendly, helpful merchants.





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Shop at locally owned stores There are many great reasons to shop local in your community. Not only will you be offered a unique selection of products, you will also receive incredible service from knowledgeable staff. Local stores are more likely to carry special goods you can’t get from large retailers, and it’s a great way to find items that will have your friends asking “Where did you get that?” In many cases, the shop owners have chosen what to stock and can answer your questions and give you detailed information. When you support local businesses, it’s good for the community. Local stores give communities a sense of individuality and character you won’t find anywhere else, and vibrant downtowns are the heart of many communities.

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Shopping around

Find an interesting array of stores and services at one of Mission’s main shopping areas

There are five main areas in Mission to shop, each with its own unique characteristics. Visit them all, and find your favourite area and store. • In the downtown core, you will find an abundance of independent, locally owned retail stores, restaurants and services. A heritage walk takes you past several specialty stores featuring new treasures and collectibles. • The Junction on London Avenue includes several major specialty

stores, restaurants and a multiplex movie theatre. • Along the Lougheed Highway, just west of downtown, there are a number of shopping plazas, fast food and franchise restaurants, retail stores and service stations.

and there are plans to redevelop and expand the waterfront area over the next several years. • At the corner of Stave Lake Street and 11 Avenue is a new shopping complex which includes a private liquor store, fast food, and professional services.

• Between the railway tracks and the waterfront you will find repair shops, a boat repair facility and a neighbourhood pub. This area was the original Mission town centre,

Find your favourite store in Mission

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Performing arts

The Clarke Foundation Theatre is the stage for big concerts and live theatre throughout the year

BC’s very own since 1915

The Clarke Foundation Theatre is the hub for performing arts in the community. From Blue Rodeo and Randy Bachman to Bruce Cockburn and Carly Rae Jepsen, the Clarke stage has

played host to Canada’s finest talents. Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre also stops here regularly, bringing topnotch, professional productions to Mission. This year, the star of Hiccups and Corner Gas, Brent Butt will be bringing his laughs to the Clarke on May 25. Community groups and school productions also utilize the theatre and staff to perform annual shows that draw thousands of audience members. The theatre is also home to the locally established Rising Star

Dance Competition in April and thousands of young performers vie for impressive prize money and the prestige of competing in a tough field. The Clarke Theatre contains 700 seats and has one of the friendliest and most efficient technical staff in the business The Clarke Theatre is located at 33700 Prentis Ave. For more information on shows call 604-820-3961 or visit

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West Coast Express

There are eight stations along the West Coast Express train route to downtown Vancouver The West Coast Express (WCE) is the commuter service that connects Mission with downtown Vancouver and the rest of the Lower Mainland. A one-way trip on the line takes approximately 75 minutes, and emphasis is placed on passenger comfort.

WCE train service operates Monday to Friday during peak commuter times

Available in downtown Mission, train service operates Monday to Friday during peak commuter times. WCE also operates a TrainBus service which runs Monday to Friday outside commuter hours. The eight stations along the route are Mission, Port Haney, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam Central, Port Moody, and Waterfront Station in Vancouver. WCE is operated by TransLink, the Metro Vancouver transportation authority operating the SkyTrain, SeaBus and other public transit

services in the Lower Mainland. The Mission station is located on the south side of North Railway Avenue, between Welton and Horne. The station platform is connected to the parking area by an overhead walkway. WCE offers many additional services including a Santa Train, an annual special train which offers valley residents access to Vancouver by donating a new unused toy to the Christmas Bureau. For information about fares and schedules visit

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Picnic in the park

Grab a picnic basket and spend the day watching wildlife in one of Mission’s beautiful parks

Nature’s beauty can be enjoyed in town. There are dozens of parks in Mission you can enjoy. The following are some of our favourites.

this large park, along with plenty of shade. There is a jogging trail, tennis courts and a children’s playground area.

Fraser River Heritage Park This park features majestic views of Mt. Baker and the Fraser Valley. There are picnic tables throughout the park and steady breezes make it a favourite place for flying kites.

Hayward Lake This is one of the best spots in the Fraser Valley with a picnic area, beach and trails.

Centennial Park There are picnic tables throughout



Cascade Falls Located just east of Mission, the main feature is a series of waterfalls on Cascade Creek.


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Busy park in the heart of Mission Fraser River Heritage Park is a main focal point of community life in Mission, providing a casual place to meet, relax or be entertained. More than a park, it is an historic site and one of Mission’s busiest entertainment venues. The park, located off Fifth Avenue on Mary Street, offers breathtaking vistas from a broad, 44-acre terrace on the east side of Mission. The Norma Kenney House, Mart Kenney Kinsmen Bandstand, and Rotary Flag Plaza are ideal stages for everything from performances to weddings and reunions. Other features include the Marcellus Rhododendron Walk, the Ernest Jacobsen Rose Garden and the Memorial Garden. The park also houses the historic ruins of St. Mary’s Mission and Indian Residential School. The popular Envision Twilight Concerts are also held at the park every Wednesday and Friday night from June through August. Fraser River Heritage Park is located at the east end of Fifth Avenue, just off Stave Lake Street. For more information, call 604-826-0277.

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Rev your engines

Thousands of race fans head to Mission Raceway Park every year for speed and excitement

Mission has one of the fastest drag strips in all of Western Canada and the U.S. Northwest. Thousands of drivers and fans converge on Mission Raceway Park (MRP) throughout the summer for some speed. Putting on a good show

Low elevation boosts horsepower, making it one of the fastest quarter mile strips ...

for participants and spectators has earned MRP the Track of the Year title for the Northwest Division eight times. The low elevation (24 feet above sea level) boosts horsepower, making it one of the fastest quarter mile strips on the professional circuit. Racing gets underway in April and the first major event of the season is on June 14 - 16, as the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) brings high-calibre drag racing to town for the Lordco B.C. Nationals. Drag

racing is the big draw, but MRP has evolved into a first-class facility for all types of auto sports, including road racing, motorcycle road racing and motocross. Owned and operated by the nonprofit B.C. Custom Car Association, the drag strip provides safe, controlled racing conditions for those who range from casual hobbyists to internationally-ranked professionals. For more information about Mission Raceway Park, call 604-826-6315 or visit

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Blooming in Mission

A lot of beauty can be found around Mission from busy parks to private gardens “People, plants and pride … growing together” is the essence of the Communities in Bloom (CiB) program, an initiative in towns and cities across Canada work to beautify homes, businesses and public places through horticulture, tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscaping and floral displays. Members of Mission’s CiB Society work hard all year to promote, build, and maintain a town we are proud to call home.

We offer a 15 category local “let’s participate” event every spring, and present awards to winners when the national judges visit Mission. We invite you to enjoy our downtown, visit our tidy parks, heritage sites, see our Edwardian garden at the library, and hike on our well-maintained trails.

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Adopt a Block, Trail, Park or Creek with the MISSION ADOPT-A-BLOCK SOCIETY (AAB) and pledge to keep it litter free. We provide all volunteers with a picker, bags, safety vest, garbage removal and signage along the route to acknowledge the adoption.

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We also provide educational programs including: •The very popular “Junior Bug Club” (for kids 2-12yrs) • School Litter Audits (Elementary level)

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ALL THE FUN GOES TO CHANCES. Chances Mission combines an exciting gaming experience with personalized service to create an entertainment environment that feels like home. Chances Mission has been a proud community supporter since first opening eight years ago. Chances Mission contributes to many community sponsorships and donations. Currently, Chances Mission houses 125 slot machines and with another year passed, the payouts have

With slots, nightly and weekend day time bingo, instant win games and lotteries, there are numerous gaming options from which to choose.

increased as well. With slots, nightly and weekend daytime bingo, instant win games and lotteries, there are numerous gaming options from which to choose. Chances Mission also prides itself on serving delicious food in its fully licensed lounge. Visit or search for “Chances Mission” on Facebook for more information. Chances Mission is located at 7178 Horne St. For more information call 604 -826-4046.


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Find your favourite Mission restaurant 14TH AVENUE PUB 32516 14th Ave. Phone: 604-826-0354

CITY BLENDS 109-32423 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-820-4966

HAPPY GARDEN 33018 1st Ave. Phone: 604-826-6899

QUIZNO’S CLASSIC SUBS 368-32555 London Ave. Phone: 604-820-9792

A&W 32530 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-854-5110

DAIRY QUEEN 32753 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-826-4200

HONG KONG BOYS 33065 1st Ave. Phone: 604-826-8838

RICARDO’S PIZZA 12-7871 Stave Lake St. Phone: 604-826-3336

ABC COUNTRY RESTAURANT 32081 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-820-9637

DOGWOOD BAKERY & DELICATESSEN 19-33219 N. Railway Ave. Phone: 604-287-2253

J’S PIZZA 110-32423 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-814-3299

ROCKO’S FAMILY DINER 32786 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-826-7612

KAPESTRO’S 750-32525 London Ave. Phone: 604-820-0876

ROCKWELL’S BAR & GRILL 32281 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-820-9612

KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN C-32081 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-820-2445

SANGAM SWEETS & CURRY EXPRESS 32034 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-820-1947

AKASAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT 33227 1st Ave. Phone: 604-826-5121 AUSTIN HOUSE FISH & CHIPS 1-32650 Logan Ave. Phone: 604-826-0332 BLACKBERRY KITCHEN CAFE 7494 Mary St. Phone: 604-826-0210

DOMINO’S PIZZA 107-32423 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-820-8032 ELENI’S RESTAURANT 33262 1st Ave. Phone: 604- 826-4430 EMBERS BBQ HOUSE 107-32559 Logan Ave. Phone: 604-826-1191

BOSTON PIZZA 160-32555 London Ave. Phone: 604-820-4223

JOY’S 33290 Glasgow Ave. Phone: 604-826-5635

BURGER KING 32471 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-287-5464

GRAB-A-JAVA 2-33093 7th Ave. Phone: 604-826-5282

CAPTAIN’S CABIN PUB 33331 Harbour Ave. Phone: 604-826-4767

HANA SUSHI 10-32650 Logan Ave. Phone: 604- 820-9331

LA SUSHI FUSHION RESTAURANT 33152 1st Ave. Phone: 604-820-8668 LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA R-32530 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-826-1216 LITTLE SAIGON 322-32555 London Ave. Phone: 604-820-8131 MANDARIN PALACE C32793 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-826-9541 MCDONALD’S 7230 Park St. Phone: 604-826-0215 MISSION J’S PIZZA A1-32081 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-826-3343 MISSION JUNCTION SUSHI 320-32555 London Ave. Phone: 604-814-0908 MISSION SPRINGS PUB 7160 Oliver St. Phone: 604-820-1009 OCEAN PIZZA 33166 1st Ave. Phone: 604-287-1212

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SISTO’S PUB 34555 Vosburgh Ave. Phone: 604-826-8500 STARBUCKS COFFEE 370-32555 London Ave. Phone: 604-820-0025 SUBWAY RESTAURANT 76-32670 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-820-8584 SUSHI BAR 32136 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-861-3009 SUSHI TE JAPANESE RESTAURANT 115A-32423 Lougheed Hwy Phone: 604-820-1500 SWEET SPOT CAFE 33057 1st Ave. Phone: 604-287-2800 TACO DEL MAR 362-32555 London Ave. Phone: 604-826-1230 TIM HORTONS • 32525 London Ave., Phone: 604-826-3398 • 33291 1st Ave., Phone: 604-820-6360

PANAGO PIZZA PLACE 33154 1st Ave. Phone: 604-820-5340

• 32471 Lougheed Hwy., Phone: 604-814-0818

PAUL’S KITCHEN 1-33261 1st Ave. Phone: 604-826-8929

WENDY’S 34-32555 London Ave. Phone: 604-820-8239

PETE’S PLACE PIZZA UNIT 3-33111 London Ave. Phone: 604-826-9191

WHITE SPOT 152-32555 London Ave. Phone: 604-820-6642

PIZZA MAN 4-33093 7th Ave. Phone: 604-820-7797

YOUR CHOICE 2 FOR 1 5-32650 Logan Ave. Phone: 604-820-66 66

PRAWN GARDEN 33035 1st Ave. Phone: 604-826-8205

YUMMY HOUSE 33082 1st Ave. Phone: 604-287-1688

Accommodations to suit your needs Cascade Falls B&B 14077 Sylvester Rd. Phone: 604-820-0486

Diamond Head Motor Inn Phone: 32550 Logan Ave. Phone: 604-826-8144

Cnoccarne B&B 11977 Stave Lake St. Phone: 604-820-8273

Mission Inn Motel 34551 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-826-2023

The Counting Sheep Inn 8715 Eagle Rd. Phone: 604-826-4821


The Anglers Arm B&B 8060 Coleman St. Phone: 604-814-2556 Fraserview Anglers Retreat 34827 Brient Dr. Phone: 604-826-3028 Oasis Rejuvenation Centre and Retreat 11734 Allan St. Phone: 604-826-6270

Hotels and Motels Best Western Mission City Lodge 32281 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-820-5500

Rolley Lake Provincial Park Bell Rd. Sun Valley Trout Park 31395 Silverdale Ave. Phone: 604-826-6471 ✓ 40 Fully Air-Conditioned Rooms ✓ Free Wireless Internet Access

The Campground 43955 Lougheed Hwy. Phone: 604-826-2741

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RV parking Stopover parking is available in the Canadian Tire lot Old Orchard RV Resort 1401 Kennedy Rd., Harrison Mills Phone: 604-799-0319

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he facilities include group, tent and RV sites (water, sewer, electricity hookups included). Most sites have their own firepit. The large heated washrooms, pay telephone, office and a small store are located in the main building. The children’s playground, volleyball court, and a central firepit are placed away from the camping area, but are easily seen from most sites. Showers and firewood are free. • Children and most small pets are welcome. • Trail access to Mt. Deroche


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World class fishing

Mission is the Sturgeon Capital of the World and local guides can offer new experiences for all

Anglers can find some spectacular fishing in the Fraser and surrounding rivers near Mission. Mission’s sturgeon fishery is one-ofa-kind, and local fishing guides can give even seasoned anglers a new experience. The Fraser is considered one of the most productive salmon rivers in the world today, and in any given year 15 to 30 million salmon will pass through Mission. When salmon are migrating, fishermen line sand bars on sunny weekends to enjoy the outdoor experience. Mission has been labelled the Sturgeon Capital of the World for good reason. During spring, summer and fall, you can stand on the dike from Harbour Park to Dewdney Slough and watch anglers catch monster sturgeon. Although late summer through to early winter is best for fishing, sturgeon can be caught year-round if you learn a little about feeding patterns and migration routes. During summer months there are

plenty of salmon to fish for, including sockeye and chinook. The best spots are up-river from the mouth of the Sumas River and further east towards Hope. Gravel bars located along the river banks are the best location, so all you need to do is find access routes to these areas. You can find information at the Mission Chamber of Commerce. Salmon migrations begin in the Fraser River as early as April. Although the good fishing doesn’t get going until mid-July to mid August, you can catch salmon on the Fraser just about year-round. Check your local regulations for openings. Some of the best fishing is between mid-July August to mid-November. Anglers from around the world now consider the Fraser River one of the top angling destinations in the world, so Mission residents are fortunate to have this world-class fishery in their backyard. For more information, stop by the Visitor Information Centre on Highway 7.

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From Chinook to Pink, Coho and Sockeye, the Fraser River offers many opportunities to fish

Chinook salmon, Aug. 1 to Oct. 15 Chinook are the largest salmon, tipping the scales at 50 pounds and more, and they run every year. They have two runs, one in July that lasts until August, and a fall run that goes from September until November. Pink salmon (mid-August to midOctober) Pink salmon return to the Fraser every second year on odd years, and they will run again in 2013. Pinks are the smallest salmon, averaging between

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three and five pounds, but they are also the most plentiful, returning in huge numbers often in the 10’s of millions. Sheer numbers alone make them easy to hook, but the fiesty fish are not so easy to land. Coho and chum (late September to late November) Coho and chum begin their annual return to the Fraser around midto-late August. The run really gets going in mid-September for those anglers fishing the lower river. This fishery is one of our most consistent

fisheries on the Fraser. Sockeye salmon (mid-July to mid-September) Sockeye salmon is one of the most popular freshwater fisheries, but the size of the runs and angling opportunities have become difficult to predict. To learn more about Fraser River fishing and dates of openings, please visit If you are looking for a guided trip, call toll free 1-866-771-3474.

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Endless trails Take a leisurely stroll or a challenging hike through the forests around Mission

Easy trails

Devil’s Lake Adjacent to Stave Lake. Walk through second-growth forest to the lake. North for four kilometres on the gravel road at the west end of Stave Falls Dam. Red Mountain Park on the east side of Dewdney Trunk Road at Mill Pond. Cross the road and take the trail just south of the entrance to the Mission Rod and Gun Club. There is one hiking trail and one multi-use trail where mountain bikes are allowed. Each loop is 1.3 km. Rolley Falls Take Bell Street north of Dewdney Trunk Road. Take the easy lakeside trail east to a wooden bridge. Don’t cross the bridge; walk straight ahead until the trail turns uphill to the right. Follow an undeveloped forest trail to the left for 15 minutes.

Moderate trails

Steelhead Mountain Take Cardinal Street and turn right on Johnston Street Travel about 3 km and turn right on Campbell Street then stay left. Climb the ridge west (one hour) of Hatzic Valley and see six major peaks and the Fraser Valley. Hayward Lake Reservoir Trail The Hayward Reservoir Trail and Hayward Railway Trail combine to provide a complete loop around Hayward Lake. Enjoy old growth and second growth forests, bridged creeks and the Steelhead Falls viewpoint. The 18 km loop takes more than four hours to complete. Bear Mountain Starts at the end of Saunders Street, just north of Richards Avenue. Follow a forestry road into the Mission Municipal Forest. Mountain bikes allowed. Stave Falls Dam Forest Interpretation Walk Follow Dewdney Trunk Road to halfway between the 30

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landfill and the Stave Falls Dam. This 45-minute loop winds through a naturally regenerated forest. Part of the trail is on the side of an ancient volcano. There are also spectacular views.

Challenging trail

Mt. Crickmer Access starts 7 km along Burma Road, north of Dewdney Trunk. This is the highest summit in the municipal forest. There are views of Stave Lake, Alouette Lake, Mt. Blanshard and Golden Ears Park. The trail is 8.7 km (one way) and gains 1,156 metres in elevation. Call the Visitor InfoCentre 604-826-6914 for more information

Cycling adventures Explore the maze of trails on Red Mountain and Bear Mountain Mission is one of B.C.’s best kept secrets for mountain bikers. Within 10 minutes of town is great riding at Red Mountain or Bear Mountain. Right in town is Heritage Park, a maze of cross country single track trails that can keep a rider busy for a couple of hours. A great starting trail for younger kids is Rock n’ Roll on Bear Mountain. This 100 metre loop is perfect for learning and parents can easily keep children in their line of sight.

trails is the Bear Mountain downhill course. This fast trail has a long history as part of the of the BC Cup race circuit and is a local favourite. All trails are built and maintained by the Fraser Valley Mountain Bikers Association.

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Enjoy a variety of activities, like swimming and skating, at the Leisure Centre all year round Visit the Mission Leisure Centre for an action-packed day with the family. Enjoy the fountained leisure pool and water slide indoors, and a seasonal spray park outdoors. While the kids splash around, adults can get a workout in the 25-metre lap pool, in the weight room with stateof-the-art equipment, or through a game of squash or racquetball. There are numerous fitness classes for every level. If not a workout, then kick back and relax in the steam room, sauna or hot tub. From September until mid-March,

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the two ice arenas are open for public skating, drop-in hockey and hosts a champion figure skating program. The Leisure Centre is home to the Mission City Outlaws Junior B hockey team, which plays in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League. There is also a gymnasium featuring drop-in sports, youth lounge, a curling rink that is home to local recreational leagues and Red’s Grill which whips up one of the best burgers in Mission. For information call 604-820-5350 or e-mail


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Mission is the city that loves to be active. Mission parks offer a wide variety of activities for individuals, the family and community organizations. This is evident in the first-class facilities that one finds here. Whether it be the Mission Leisure Centre, or the countless parks and picturesque trails scattered

throughout the district, you will find an endless array of fun things to do. If you’re a sports fan, enjoy the four enhanced soccer fields, slo-pitch areas, baseball diamonds, two gravel fields and concession at the Mission Sports Park, located at 8020 Oyama St., at the north end of Wren Street. Each season is filled with new opportunities to learn skills, make new friends, stay active, and most important, have fun. Come watch a game, or simply meet your neighbours for a walk. The park is one of the best places to play in the Fraser Valley and hosts a number or sporting events and tournaments throughout the year. Hours of operation for all parks in Mission can be found at

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Challenge yourself at Mission’s golf course Mission has long been revered for its tight fairways, fast greens and drainage second to none in southern B.C., making it one of the best off-season courses in Canada. Whether you’re practising your putting or just looking forward to a relaxing game on the links, Mission’s two golf courses offer some of the best golfing north of the Fraser River. Mission Golf and Country Club provides a challenging course with spectacular views for golfers of all skill levels. Lined with beautiful old-growth trees, the Mission Golf and Country Club has both the amenities and feel of a private course, without the costs. The course’s demanding layout provides a truly challenging golf experience, and its creatively designed nine-holes boasts a unique change of tee decks for your back nine that will force even seasoned veterans to get out all of their clubs.

Mission Golf and Country Club is located at 7983 Nelson St. For more information call 604-826-7617 For a more casual course, with a lighted driving range and 21 indoor stalls and 10 outdoor stalls, check out Cedar Ridge Golf Course and Driving Range, an 18-hole par three course. Facilities also include a putting green, practice bunker and the Ridge Grill restaurant.

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Sandpiper Golf Course is heralded as one of BC’s leading 18-hole courses. Framed by the rugged backdrop of the Cheam Mountain, 180 ft Douglas Firs and the turquoise, tranquil waters of the Harrison River, Sandpiper Golf Course is forest golfing’ at its finest with abundant wildlife and the world’s largest concentrated gathering of eagles. Whether it’s a day of golfing, spending the night in a cozy inn cottage or

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Children’s Festival Put on your best pirate costume and join the fun at Mission Arts Council’s annual festival for children Argghhhhh matey … Pirates are coming to the Children’s Festival at Fraser River Heritage Park on June 23. There will be laughter, dancing, art, music and more. Children and families are encouraged to dress up as their favourite pirate, like Jack Sparrow, Blackbeard or Captain Hook, or a knight, an archer, a juggler or a medieval princess. The choice is yours. Children and adults alike can use their imagination and make their costumes at the Imagination Market at the park. Join the costume parade where there


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are prizes for the best outfit. Family admission is free! There will be art workstations and a variety of exciting activities to challenge your imagination. A food concession and other activities are available, but require a small fee. Come down with the whole family and spend the day. Have your face painted and visit the bouncy balloon. Parking is by donation (minimum $1) and proceeds go towards the 2014 Children’s Festival. For more information visit

Mission Folk Music Festival Thousands of music lovers from around the world come to Mission for the annual music festival

The Mission Folk Music Festival celebrates its 26th anniversary this year from July 25 to 28. The music begins with the Gala Concert at the

Clarke Foundation Theatre before festivities move to the Fraser River Heritage Park for the weekend. One of western Canada’s finest music events, the festival enjoys an international profile that is admired at home and abroad. This year will feature the best music in the world over four days on more than five stages. Activities include concerts, workshops, artist collaborations, music, dance, and more. The festival’s music camps take place July 22-26. Dance, sing and camp at one of

Mission’s most beautiful parks. More festival and ticket information will be available on the Mission Music Folk Festival website in the spring,

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Rockin’ River

Country music superstars Big ‘n’ Rich and Joe Nichols are featured performers The fifth annual Rockin’ River Music Festival takes place at Mission Raceway Park from Aug. 15-17 and will feature some of the biggest names on the country music scene. This year’s festival promises a range of fantastic talent that will keep you

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rockin’ all weekend long! Performers headlining for this year’s show are Joe Nichols, whose hit tune Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off, earned him international attention, and Big ‘n’ Rich, who is best known for the song Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy). The family-friendly atmosphere, festival seating and on-site camping combine to create an exciting, but laid-back way to spend the weekend. The festival organizer, Rockin’ River Productions, prides itself on having the biggest and best beverage garden in the Lower Mainland, and it’s

gonna be bigger than ever. When you get hungry there will be many concessions to choose from with a wide variety of foods. Mission’s own country talent and festival founder Kenny Hess might even make an appearance on the big stage, alongside the usual international superstars. For more information about performers and times, be sure to read the Mission Record as the event draws closer. Visit to purchase tickets and read artist profiles.


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Take a trip down memory lane and visit friendly farm animals at this B.C. Heritage attraction Kilby Historic Site is the perfect place for a trip down memory lane. Kilby General Store is all that remains of the original town of Harrison Mills, a once bustling community. The store was the hub of the town, serving as the general supply store, post office, gas station, hotel and meeting place. With saw mills and the train station close by, the store catered to everyone from locals to vacationers. Thomas Kilby opened Kilby General Store in 1906, and his son, Acton, took over the store in 1922, which is

reflected in the era that Kilby Historic Site represents. After a lifetime of collecting memorabilia, Acton turned the store into a museum in 1977. Kilby Historic Site celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006. Today, the Kilby General Store Museum is packed with fascinating products from the 1920s and 1930s and is a world-class living history site, complete with costumed interpreters. Harrison Mills suffered many floods, which is why the town had connecting boardwalks. Kilby General Store still has its boardwalks

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intact, which is a very prominent feature. Since dikes now hold back the floodwaters, only the unique architecture of Kilby Historic Site reminds visitors and townspeople alike of what this area endured. This five-acre B.C. Heritage attraction also features friendly farm animals and an orchard playground. Site facilities include our quaint homestyle restaurant, unique country gift shop and 22-site campground on the scenic Harrison Bay. For more information call 604-796-9576 or visit

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Welcome to Mission

Visit this growing community often and immerse yourself in many of the festivals throughout the year On behalf of the District of Mission, I am pleased to welcome you to our beautiful community. Here on the north shore of the Fraser River, you will find both friendly, small-town hospitality and a vibrant business sector — a combination unique to the Lower Mainland. There is so much to do here — wonderful outdoor activities like hiking, golfing, world-class sturgeon and salmon fishing, and much more. Mission is also home to numerous festivals and events which take place throughout the year, including the

Mission Folk Music Festival, Old Car Sunday, Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, and the Candlelight Parade to name just a few of the many community-driven activities — all entertaining and well worth the time! We are also very proud to be presenting the 2014 B.C. Winter Games, which will be hosted in Mission in February 2014. We are a growing community, in large part, because Mission offers experiences and opportunities to residents and visitors which can only be found here. Our residents are

proud to call Mission home. Please allow me to extend an open invitation to every visitor to Mission to explore and experience our community. You are welcome here ... enjoy your visit!

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Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Thousands of majestic birds make their way to the Fraser Valley every year The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival takes place Nov. 16-17 against a backdrop of snowcapped mountains, massive evergreens and emerald

The annual festival attracts visitors from not only B.C., but across Canada, the U.S. and beyond.

green glacial water. Join the fun and bear witness to a world-class phenomenon that attracts thousands of eagles to the Harrison and Fraser Rivers every year. The majestic eagles soar overhead, roost in the trees and gorge themselves on the abundant spawning salmon along the river’s edge. There are activities available at various venues from Mission to Harrison Mills throughout the weekend. The annual festival attracts visitors from not only B.C.,

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Come for a quiet stroll, or sing daily mass, at the Westminster Abbey on Dewdney Trunk Road Thousands of visitors enjoy the serene setting at the Westminster Abbey every year. Perched high above the Fraser Valley, monks have carved out a nearly selfsufficient lifestyle here, raising cows, chickens and tending crops. The 28-year old dream was fulfilled in 1982 when the abbey was built. The church is 162 feet long by 110 feet wide at the transepts, and contains 64 stained-glass windows. The rainbowcoloured, 1.5 inch-thick pieces of glass make up windows that stand 22 feet high around the perimeter of the

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church. A dome of coloured glass rises 60 feet above the alter, allowing shafts of light to shoot down into the heart of the church. In addition to the Abbey, the Seminary of Christ the King accommodates students who study for up to nine years to become secular priests. Visitors are welcome.

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Mission will be the hub for youth and sports when it hosts the B.C. Winter Games in 2014 Mission is proud to host the 2014 B.C. Winter Games and we invite you to join more than 1,300 athletes in our beautiful community Feb. 20-23 next year. Celebrate youth and sport as Mission welcomes those on the road to excellence in 24 different events. From downhill skiing to speed skating venues will include Hemlock Mountain Ski Resort, Mission’s Leisure Centre along with other

Fraser Valley sports facilities. Come early to explore this gem in the Fraser Valley — there’s a lot to see and experience! Our many volunteers will excite you with their passion and spirit of the Games! Book your hotel early so you will be sure to catch all the action; or stay tuned to Global TV to watch highlights from the opening ceremonies and competitions.

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How to access the mighty Fraser River For thousands of years the Mission area has been home to “the people of the river’’ and the Fraser River still plays an important part in our recreation culture. There are boat launches for recreational boaters and river tours for those who want an adventure or to learn more about this tremendous resource and its history.

Boat launches • Harbour Avenue by Horne Street at Mission’s waterfront. • A free boat launch is located at Dewdney Nature Park, just 100 metres off the Fraser on Dewdney Slough. • Kilby Park has a boat launch (no

PWCs) in Harrison Bay, connecting to the Harrison and Fraser rivers. Fishing guides and river tours • Fishing guides and fishing information are available by calling the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce at 604-826-6914, or stop by the Visitor Information Centre on the Lougheed Highway.

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xperience a different kind of camping at Sunshine Valley Resort

his unique resort sits on 80 acres and accommodates any type of traveller. There are cabins and full RV hook ups or, if you prefer, you can bring your tent. The facility is also big-rig friendly. Located east of Mission, you can enjoy the serene setting on your own, or wander around and meet your neighbours at one of the spectacular common areas, like the Great Room, where there are games, puzzles and books for you to enjoy as well as a TV and video games. There are two indoor hot tubs, an indoor pool and a fitness centre open yearround. In the summer, there is also an outdoor pool and hot tub available, as well as a community fire pit. Bring your camping chair, or rest on a piece of log furniture and warm up by the big fire while chatting and singing the evening way under a big starry sky. Winter activities around the resort include snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice skating. Summer activities include hiking, riding ATVs, dirt bikes and quads, and fishing is available on the Sumallo River, which flows through the property.

A welcoming experience all year round!

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Off-Site recreation: • Hiking • Mountain biking and ATV’ing on over 100kms of natural trails • Canoeing & kayaking on nearby Cedar Lake • Skiing • Snowmobiling

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Inside Mission 2013 This Mission Visitor Guide is published annually by THE MISSION RECORD, in co-operation with the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce and tourism operators in Mission. THE MISSION RECORD is published every Thursday at 33047 First Avenue, Mission, British Columbia, V2V 1G2 To advertise in the 2014 edition of this guide contact Crystal Orchison at 604-820-5453

Photographs by Mission Record staff Kelly Kitsch and contributors. Copyright and/or property rights subsist in all material appearing in this publication to The Mission Record, including advertisements. Permission to reproduce wholly or in part and in any form whatsoever, particularly by a photographic or offset process in a publication, must be obtained in writing from the publisher. Any unauthorized reproduction will be subject to recourse in law.

Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce



Connected. 34033 Lougheed Hwy., Mission BC V2V 5X8 telephone: 604.826.6914 fax: 604.826.5916

Also, your centre for Mission & BC Tourist Information

Mission highlights ........................................7 Shopping ............................................... 10-12 Mission Raceway Park ............................... 18 Restaurants ................................................. 22 Accommodations ....................................... 23 Fishing .................................................... 27-29 Hiking trails ................................................. 30 Cycling .......................................................... 31 Mission Folk Music Festival ...................... 37 Rockin’ River Music Festival ...................... 38 2014 BC Winter Games .............................. 43

For more visitor information or your own map of the area, visit Tourism Mission Visitor Information Centre located at 34033 Lougheed Hwy. Phone 604-826-6914 Mission 2013 •


A long history to share

Past and current history makes Mission an interesting place to see and explore

Mission is home to the oldest dwelling in British Columbia, the first and only armed train robbery in Canada and the 100 Mile Challenge television show. Located along the banks of the Fraser River, the town was named for the mission built by the Oblates of the Immaculate Mary in 1861. The city grew rapidly throughout the latter half of the 1800s, with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1886. In 1891, Mission became home to the first railway crossing linking British Columbia and

Welcome to

The city grew rapidly throughout the latter half of the 1800s, with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway the United States. On Sept. 10, 1904 the notorious Bill Miner and two accomplices robbed a CPR train as it left Mission. The oldest known dwelling site in B.C. is Xa:ytem, which remains an important landmark celebrating the


Come explore...

this beautiful city. Stop by the Mission Visitor Centre! Our friendly staff will help you plan your stay in Mission and beautiful BC.

Check out our selection of

• Mission postcards, maps, books and souvenirs. • Open Monday to Friday 8am - 4pm • July and August Open Daily 9am - 5pm

34033 Lougheed Highway Phone: 604-826-6914

heritage of the Sto:lo people, whose ancestors inhabited the area 9,000 years ago. Settlements and industries like forestry and agriculture, thrived through the next 100 years, with a hiccup in 1948, when the Fraser River flooded the entire area, including the downtown which was then located on the waterfront. The city moved its downtown core to its current location on higher ground, and has continued to grow in population, business and diversity ever since.


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Mission highlights Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, March 31 Location: Fraser River Heritage Park

Downtown Summer Festival

Hundreds of children from all over the Fraser Valley come to Mission to meet the Easter Bunny and search for chocolate eggs and other goodies hidden throughout the park. For info call 604-826-0277.

Saturday, August 10 Location: Downtown Three blocks of First Avenue will be closed to traffic for this event. There will be activities for children and live music and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. For more info visit

Ukrainian Festival Saturday, April 27 Location: Clarke Theatre

Rockin’ River Music Festival

The largest Ukrainian celebration in the region features traditional dancing and music. There will be demonstrations and various displays of arts and crafts. For more info visit

August 15-17 Location: Mission Raceway Park

Children’s Festival

MAC Haunted Mansion

Saturday, June 8 Location: Fraser River Heritage Park Kick off the summer with a day at the park with the kids. There will be music all day, farm animals to play with and activities for children. For info call 604-826-0029.

October 18-30 Location: Mission Arts Centre

A range of talented country musicians, including Big n’ Rich and Joe Nichols, will be rockin away. For more info visit

Prepare to be scared as you take a guided tour through the Mission Arts Centre, which has been transformed into a haunted house. This is not for the faint-hearted. For info visit

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

Old Car Sunday Saturday, June 16 Location: Fraser River Heritage Park Take dad out to the park this Father’s Day and let him admire the hundreds of vehicles on display. From Model T Fords to the latest fast cars, he’s sure to find one he’ll love. For more info call 604-467-4298.

November 16-17 Location: Various sites Celebrate the beauty and biodiversity of the Fraser Valley by learning about the bald eagles and the cycle of the salmon. For info visit

Candlelight Parade

Canada Day

Mission Folk Music Festival

Monday, July 1 Location: Fraser River Heritage Park Celebrate Canada’s birthday at Fraser River Heritage Park. Come for some birthday cake and entertainment. For more info call 604-826-0277.

July 25-28 Location: Fraser River Heritage Park Unique and talented acts from around the world will bring their sounds to Mission. For info visit

Friday, December 6 Location: Downtown Bundle up and enjoy the bright lights, seasonal music and festive sights. Come early as this event attracts thousands of spectators. For information call 604-826-6914 or visit Mission 2013 •



Generating history at the Power House The National Historic Site remains similar to the way it was first built The 1912 Power House at Stave Falls began working again in 2002, this time generating visitors rather than electricity. The National Historic Site of Canada remains similar to the way it was first built, and is now a firstclass interpretive centre. Your visit will start in the theatre, where the video Rain introduces you to hydro electricity. Then there is Electrica, a handson area, where visitors are encouraged to explore electricity and to think about B.C.’s renewable and non-renewable resources, hydroelectric generation, human and natural heritage, and 8

conservation. Then a trip through the Power House where the awesome turbines and generators, hundred year old equipment and original tools still remain and can be viewed up close. In the Historic Gallery, archival photos and artifacts encourage visitors to appreciate the hardships and effort to build the Power House and hear the stories of intolerable mosquitoes and no safety equipment.    The Power House offers pre-booked guided tours, a teacher resource guide to support the Grades 4 to 7 and a nearby recreation area which offers great opportunities to explore the natural environment. Enjoy and experience firsthand the history, power and place that is Stave Falls. For information visit or call  604-462-1222.

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Mission Visitor Guide 2013  

The full print edition of the 2013 Mission Visitor Guide.