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In the far north-east corner of Metro Vancouver is Maple Ridge. Haney, one of several historic communities within the municipality’s boundaries, is the centre of activity for the district. Its downtown shopping precinct is pedestrian-friendly and landmarked on Dewdney Trunk Road by the "Beast," a distinctive, two-story clock sculpture of a rearing horse. A cluster of restaurants and stores on the highway and along Dewdney Trunk Road service the surrounding community. Just a short walk from the downtown area, the Fraser River Heritage Walk links key heritage sites. St. John the Divine Anglican Church, British Columbia's oldest, is just up the hill from the few remaining buildings of historic Port Haney.
Golden Ears Provincial Park offers some of the region's best hiking, boating and camping. You'll find well-maintained camping sites close to Alouette Lake and Gold Creek, both of which are wonderfully refreshing during long, hot summer days. A little known recreational treasure is the University of British Columbia's Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. Dozens of walking paths weave through the forest, while interpretive signs provide insights into natural plant and animal life as well as forestry practices. Alternatively, try Maple Ridge's extensive network of dykes, which are connected to those in neighbouring Pitt Meadows.
For more information, visit Tourism Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows online, or call 604.460.8300.