Chilliwack is 4,365 km from Parliament Hill, which would take about 45 hours via the Trans-Canada Highway.
The closest international airport to Chilliwack is in Abbotsford, but Vancouver International Airport is less than two hours away and has more flight options.
Public transportation is available through the Chilliwack Transit System.
Chilliwack is surrounded by tall mountain peaks like Mount Cheam and Mount Slesse.
The Chilliwack Batholith is the largest mass of exposed intrusive rock in the Pemberton Volcanic Belt and may be up to 29 million years old.
Maclean’s Magazine named Chilliwack Canada’s warmest year-round city in 2013, with an annual average of 10.5° C.
About 13% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States.
German and Dutch are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 9.5% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $40,941.
Memorial Park and Hope Arts Gallery are two hotspots in the town of Hope to observe chainsaw woodcarving, which is a popular art technique of the local culture. The town often hosts competitions and exhibitions of this art.
Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park features the Othello Tunnels, a series of human-made tunnels and bridges along the picturesque Coquihalla River.
The first Rambo film First Blood (1982), and Colin Firth’s Hope Springs (2003) were both filmed in Hope.
Notable former Chilliwack residents include: Betty Fox, Terry Fox’s mother and activist, W.P. Kinsella, author of “Shoeless Joe,” and Dorothy Kostrzewa, Canada’s first Chinese-Canadian woman to hold political office.
Nestlé Waters, the world’s biggest bottled water brand, packages over 300 million litres of water from Hope annually and is the town’s largest employer.
Service and retail sectors contribute roughly 50% of Chilliwack’s GDP.
The industries that employ the most people in this riding are retail trade, health care and social assistance, and construction.
Plugin BC is an initiative run by B.C.’s Ministry of Energy and BC Hydro who have launched two “fast charge” electric car charging stations in Chilliwack, with the ability to charge vehicles to 80% power in a mere 30 minutes — compared to a usual charging time of four to eight hours. The initiative also offers resources on electric vehicles, incentives, and charging stations in the area.
CFB Chilliwack was established in 1942 after Canada entered the Second World War and used as a training facility for the war’s duration — and again during the Cold War. It was closed in 1997.
The area has elected members of the Strahl family (Chuck and Mark) to Parliament Hill for the past 22 years.
Indigenous communities in this riding include:
Shxw'ow'hamel First Nation
Squiala First Nation
Peters First Nation
Chilliwack Métis Association