The city of Maple Ridge is a haven for those who love wide open spaces and natural areas but still want to be close to a sophisticated urban environment. Situated between the beautiful Fraser River and the Golden Ears Mountain, Maple Ridge offers up some of the most stunning views, not to mention the plethora of outdoor recreation and activities the landscape permits. It’s not all open country and rural settings, though. Maple Ridge offers up some of the most exciting theatre and art options, and plays host to a myriad of festivals throughout the year. Shopping and dining options are abundant, and there are plenty of educational and historical offerings, too.
Whether it’s horseback riding through a lush nature trail and stopping by the farmer’s market to pick fresh ingredients for dinner or dressing to the nines and enjoying a night of live theatre performances and upscale dining, Maple Ridge offers it all. The population of Maple Ridge, as of 2011, was 76,052 and is one of Metro Vancouver’s fastest-growing cities. This was a 10.3% increase from 2006; quite large when compared with the nation’s average growth rate of 5.9%. About 69% of the population is between the ages of 15 and 64.