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Located in the Upper Fraser Valley, Chilliwack is well known for a wide range of outdoor recreation activities, like hiking, water sports, camping, mountain-biking and fishing. With affordable real estate in well-planned neighbourhoods, Chilliwack has drawn many to its natural surroundings, rural setting and thriving agricultural, commercial and industrial economy – a prosperous community with an outstanding quality of life.

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Located in the Upper Fraser Valley, about 75 minutes (100 km) east of Vancouver city centre, Chilliwack neighbours the city of Abbotsford, and is located off the TransCanada Highway (Highway 1). Being located in the easten part of the Fraser Valley, it allows for quick and easy access into the scenic surrounding mountains, with nearby Abbotsford / Washington state USA border crossings.
Chilliwack is the third fastest growing city in British Columbia (BC) with nearly 95,000 people and projected population surpassing 100,000 by the end of 2021, making it the second largest city in the Fraser Valley Regional District after Abbotsford.

Many smaller neighbouring communities of Chilliwack, such as Agassiz and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, contribute to the community’s total population.
Chilliwack is famous for its locally grown Chilliwack corn and its rich agricultural roots. The wide range of growing industries and sectors in the area include technology, manufacturing, film and digital media, complement Chilliwack’s world-renowned reputation in the tourism and fishing industries.
Chilliwack is surrounded by tall mountain peaks, such as Mount Cheam and Slesse Mountain, and beautiful lakes, such as Cultus Lake, with many of these areas providing access to countless walking and hiking trails. Chilliwack also offers activities including white water rafting, relaxing at nearby Harrison hot springs, camping, water and theme parks at Cultus Lake, and, world-class freshwater fishing in the Fraser and Vedder rivers. Spend a weekend skiing or tubing with the family at Sasquatch Mountain Resort – a snow resort praised for having some of the top snowfall records – only one hour from Chilliwack.
Chilliwack has a number of public and private schools from kindergarten through to grade 12.

The Canada Education Park houses several post-secondary institutions such as the University of the Fraser Valley (Chilliwack campus), the Trades and Technology Centre, the RCMP Pacific Region Training Centre, the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Canada Border Services Agency, and others.
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Fraser Health region - Chilliwack, BC

Chilliwack General Hospital

Chilliwack General Hospital is a 169 bed, University of BC affiliated community hospital offering medical, surgical, obstetrics, psychiatry, and a regional eye centre, as well as 24/7 emergency services with nearly 62,000 visits annually.

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Dr. Susan McDonald
“Chilliwack is a great place to live, with so many outdoor activities to choose from and an affordable cost of living. There is a great sense of community, and despite the fact that it is growing, it still has a small town feel. All of the hospital staff are proud to be part of this community.”

Dr. Susan McDonald is a General Surgeon at Chilliwack General Hospital (CGH), and has graciously shared with us her experience working with the team and what she loves most about the community.

“I chose to join the medical community at CGH because of the amazing staff working at this hospital. All of the hospital staff, from nursing to all of the different technologists to sterile processing, housekeeping and a myriad of other rolls, strive to provide the very best patient care possible.”

Whether you’re a nurse, a health science professional, or, looking to work in the health care industry, the charming community of Chilliwack may just have the perfect opportunity for you."
Dr. Susan McDonald, General Surgeon, Chilliwack General Hospital

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"I love working as an emergency nurse at Chilliwack General Hospital because of the positive and supportive team of coworkers who always help each other in order to do the best job that we can."

ER RN, Chilliwack General Hospital
Fraser Health is responsible for providing quality health care services to the people of Chilliwack. This includes long term care and assisted living, public health, home health, end of life care, mental health and substance use support, along with specialized programs for children, women and Aboriginal people. We provide care across Chilliwack in our hospital, long term care and mental health and substance use programs.
Aboriginal Health

In Chilliwack, Fraser Health provides its services within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territory of the Stó:lō people, particularly the Aitchelitz, Cheam, Skwah, Shxwha:y, Squiala, Tzeachten, Kwaw Kwaw Apilt, Soowahlie, Skowkale and Yakweakwioose First Nations.

City of Chilliwack, 2021, Demographics (Retrieved from, February 2021)
Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation, 2021 (Retrieved from, February 2021)
Black Press Media, 2021, The Chilliwack Progress, "Chilliwack population growth among the fastest in BC", Jan 28, 2020 (Retrieved from, February 2021)
*Reporting Library. Provided by Integrated Analytics, August 2019.