School Districts in the Fraser Valley
Five public school district employers make up BC’s Fraser Valley region: Abbotsford School District, Langley School District, Chilliwack School District, Fraser Cascade School District, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows and Mission School District. As a large employer in the region, Fraser Valley school districts employed 4,680 teachers and administrators in the 2015/16 school year.
Over three years, the population has grown in the region and so has student enrollment. In the 2014/15 school year, Fraser Valley public schools enrolled over 75,000 students.
Bordered by Metro Vancouver to the west, and the Okanagan region to the east, the Fraser Valley has a total population of approximately 298,000 people, which is almost 1/8 smaller than the population of Metro Vancouver communities.
The West Coast Express rail line connects the communities of Port Moody, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and Mission to each other, and to the city of Vancouver, while the Trans Canada Highway provides a short trip into Vancouver if traveling by car.
The Fraser Valley region is home to a very active arts community and many artists and artisans open their studios to the public on weekends. Culture is highly valued here, a sentiment that is being reflected with the construction of a new Cultural Centre in the city of Chilliwack, which will eventually house a 500-seat performance theatre, an art gallery, and a 150-seat recital hall.
The Fraser Valley offers a unique combination of country living and city style. Located just a short distance from the city of Vancouver, inhabitants of the Fraser Valley often travel into the city for a day of shopping or night of entertainment, and then return to their more quiet surroundings. Fruit lovers will enjoy the berry picking opportunities in summer at various farms and orchards throughout the region. As an added bonus, the valley floor has the mildest climate in Canada, and some very affordable housing compared to nearby Vancouver. Recently, the area has undergone significant development with the addition of new housing and facilities, which has create more opportunities for arts, culture, and recreation.
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