5 Unexpected Reasons to Call Chilliwack Home

Executive country living offers a combination of accessibility and activity in fast-growing Chilliwack

Executive country living offers a combination of accessibility and activity in fast-growing Chilliwack

As residential living in Vancouver becomes more unaffordable, young families, empty nesters and working professionals alike are searching for life beyond the downtown core… and the Fraser Valley has proven to offer a wealth of opportunity in lively and promising Chilliwack.

Here are five unexpected benefits to making a home in Chilliwack now…

1. A combination of natural versus urban

As the second largest city in the Fraser Valley (behind Abbotsford), Chilliwack offers a unique combination of natural beauty and urban charm. The city’s motto says it all, “Better for Business. Better for Life.” The area’s more than 80,000 residents enjoy heritage buildings and upscale shopping centres, big box stores next to local artisans.

One of the fastest growing communities in the province, Chilliwack can comfortably boast of development trends that are projected to continue at impressive rates for years to come.

2. A city centre dedicated to fun

The businesses filling Chilliwack’s downtown core are a dedicated collective, focused passionately on the development of the area as a whole. With a special interest in events that bring the community together, the city’s downtown business area plays host to annual events ranging from the popular Party in the Park—showcasing local musicians, vendors and foodstuffs—to Flight Fest, the city’s annual air show. In 2018, a special hangar dance even caps the summer aviation celebration, with revellers enjoying live music in one of the city’s airport hangars after dark.

3. Stylish living steps away

Renowned local builder Kerkhoff Construction is recognized widely for combining style and function in the development of planned communities. They have just launched the fifth phase of Vista Green at the Falls, a gated community of 66 homes, just minutes from downtown Chilliwack.

The community will feature rancher-style homes, all in duplex configurations, with entertainment-size balconies, luxurious bathrooms, inviting kitchens and walk-out basements, tucked into the gorgeous hillside overlooking the valley below.

Homes at Vista Green come with full driveways, oversized windows for spacious views, full driveways, hardwood flooring, solid quartz countertops, rich stone accents and an abundance of optional upgrades.

For the golf lover, seven local courses offer a plethora of options for tee times, with one at your feet, adjacent to the development itself.

4. Recreation and adventure at their finest

Some of British Columbia’s most beloved spots for nature lovers call the Chilliwack area home. Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park offers hiking, exploration and, of course, views of the 400-foot waterfall. Just 20 minutes drive is Cultus Lake, the gorgeous vacation spot tallying up over one million visitors per year. A local waterpark is just one of the many items of interest, which also include camping, horseback riding, biking, and a family-friendly adventure park with over one dozen exciting rides and attractions.

5. Accessibility via road… and air

Chilliwack may be a distance from Vancouver but the area’s ease of accessibility is nothing to scoff at. The community is well-served with vehicle access, just 90 minutes from Vancouver via the Trans Canada Highway.

In addition, air travel is facilitated by a local airport, while those looking for vacation deals can travel just 30 minutes to the Abbotsford International Airport to take advantage of low-cost carriers like Flair Air and Swoop, offering trips to Las Vegas, Kelowna and other travel destinations.