Located 3,507 km from Parliament Hill as the crow flies, the riding of Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge would be a 45-hour journey by car or a 5.5-hour journey by plane.
Pitt Meadows has a regional airport that can handle general aviation flights.
Residents have access to a variety of regional transportation through TransLink, which operates in the Metro Vancouver area.
Located in the lower Fraser Valley east of Vancouver, east of Pitt Lake and to the north of the Fraser River, this riding encompasses the foot of Golden Ears Provincial Park and includes Gold Creek, the Stave River, Pitt River and Pinecone Creek.
About 19.5% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the United Kingdom, the Philippines, and India.
Punjabi, Tagalog, and Spanish are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 5% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $47,281.
Home to the impressive Pitt Meadows Provincial Park, recreational activities in this riding include camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing cycling and climbing. Residents can also enjoy Kanaka Creek Regional Park or any of the recreational activities offered in the cities of Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge.
Pitt Meadows takes its name from the nearby Pitt River and Pitt Lake, and the city speculates that both of those were named after former British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger.
The riding’s largest employers include retail trade, health care and social assistance, construction and manufacturing. About 52% of the workforce has some sort of postsecondary education and in 2011 the unemployment rate was 6.7%.
The Community Education on Environment and Development (CEED) Centre Society is an organization composed of many of Pitts Meadows—Maple Ridge’s environmental groups. Together, they offer a wide range of workshops and activities to the citizens of Pitts Meadows—Maple Ridge, including organic farming and gardening workshops, community discussions, and more.
The city of Pitt Meadows was originally populated by indigenous peoples who have lived in the area for thousands of years. European settlement of the area began in the 1870s with exploration of the region and the establishment of Bonson’s Landing. Pitt Meadows was originally part of the Municipality of Maple Ridge, but petitioned to be removed from the district in 1892 and was formally incorporated as a city in 1914.
The Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge riding’s boundaries are on the traditional lands of the Katzie First Nation and the Kwantlen First Nation. Indigenous communities in this riding include Golden Ears Métis Society.