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Chilliwack is a Canadian city in the Province of British Columbia. It has long been a predominantly agricultural community, but with an estimated population of 80,000 people, it has become more urban. Chilliwack is the seat of the Fraser Valley Regional District and its second largest city. The city is surrounded by mountains and recreational areas such as Cultus Lake and Chilliwack Lake Provincial Parks. There are many outdoor activities in the area, including hiking, horseback riding, biking, camping, fishing, and golf.

Sometime between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago the Stó:lō lived in the Chilliwack area. At the time of the first contact with Europeans it is estimated that there were as many as 40,000 people living within Stó:lō territory. In 1857, gold was discovered in the Fraser Canyon. By 1859, over 40,000 gold miners had trekked to the goldfields, most travelling through the Chilliwack area. By the mid-1860s, several farms had grown up around the steamboat landings on the Fraser River.  The Township of Chilliwack was incorporated in 1873, the third municipality in British Columbia. Initial settlement was along the Fraser River at Chilliwack Landing. Steamboats were the main mode of transportation, carrying goods and passengers between Chilliwack and New Westminster.

Chilliwack is known for its locally-grown corn. From June until September the farmers take advantage of the sunny weather and produce up to two crops of corn for both human consumption as well as for cattle feed.

The Book Man used bookstore is the second-largest in the Province of British Columbia.

Chilliwack has an active rock music scene, centering mostly around young ska and punk rock bands. Bands originating in Chilliwack include: These Kids Wear Crowns, Mystery Machine, and The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets.

Chilliwack also has a thriving classical music community, featuring the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and the Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra.  The Chilliwack Cultural Centre is a performing arts venue located in downtown Chilliwack.  The UFV theatre is a 206-seat thrust stage venue belonging to the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Theatre Department. UFV produces three or four mainstage shows each year, as well as the annual directors’ festival featuring student directors and performers from UFV, Capilano University, Thompson Rivers University, University of Victoria, UBC and Douglas College.

The Chilliwack School of Performing Arts provides training in acting, singing and dancing to children ages 3–18 at the Chilliwack Arts Centre.

Community Links

BC Hydro – http://www.bchydro.com/outages/

Fortis BC – Natural Gas, Electricity, Alternative Energy http://www.fortisbc.com/

Water & Sewer – City of Chilliwack http://www.chilliwack.ca/

Chilliwack School District http://www.sd33.bc.ca/

Catholic Independent Schools Vancouver Archdiocese  http://www.cisva.bc.ca/

Colleges & Universities

University of the Fraser Valley  http://www.ufv.ca/

The BC College of Physicians and Surgeons (To find a physician)
Web: www.cpsbc.ca

BC Nurseline
Telephone: 1-866-215-4700
Vancouver: (604) 215-4700
Deaf and hearing-impaired and toll-free province-wide: 1-866-TTY-4700

BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)

http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp/infoben/eligible.html#enroll

Medical Centres/Clinics

Cedarview Clinic – (604) 792-1070

West Care Medical Ltd. – (604) 792-6635

Young Clinic – (604) 795-9161

Chilliwack General Hospital   http://www.fraserhealth.ca/

Phone: 604.795.4141

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