Maple Ridge – The Place to work
On September 12, 1874, a group of settlers met at John McIver’s farm and decided that they should incorporate and become a municipality. At that time there were less than 50 families but these early pioneers saw the potential of their new home as a place raise their families and create prosperity and opportunity for future generations.
With a vote of the assembled citizens, one of BC’s first municipalities was born. The choice of the name came from the trees and topography of John McIver’s farm. There was a magnificent stand of maple trees along the ridge that ran along the edge of the McIver farm and followed the line of the Fraser River. This new municipality officially became ‘Maple Ridge.’
Maple Ridge grew alongside the province’s earliest transit route – the Fraser River. When the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed in 1895, the community gained further benefits as the railway ran along Maple Ridge’s southern border adjacent to the Fraser River and brought with it the enormous economic benefits associated with ‘The National Dream’ of a coast-to-coast rail system. The railway helped local agriculture, forestry and manufacturing industries grow and prosper as the markets for local products expanded both east and west.
As amazing as the natural setting is, the spirit of those original pioneers is alive today in the current citizens. Maple Ridge is a community where any evening or weekend you’ll find a community festival underway, arenas and sports fields full of kids playing their favourite sports and service clubs and community organizations working to make the community, and the world, a better place to live. All of these events are powered by volunteerism. From the day-to-day operation of the many sports associations to the organization of Maple Ridge’s hosting of the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Tour, the Caribbean Festival, Country Fest and the annual Santa Parade, this is a place where people get involved.