The District of Mission is one of the few municipalities that manages its own forest resources. The Forestry Department maintains 13 recreation trails within the Municipal Forest for hiking, horseback riding or mountain biking. Our forestry trails are signed at the trail head and marked throughout the route with orange reflective markers.
For a list on municipally maintained recreation trails, visit mission.ca/municipal-hall/departments/forestry/forest-trails-recreation-areas/trails/.
Stroll around Rolley Lake and listen to wild birds as you take in forests and marshland boardwalks. Swimming, fishing and canoeing are also great activities for this area. Allow approximately 1 hour for this predominately flat wilderness trail.
Linked to Stave Lake Reservoir this BC Hydro owned property makes the ideal location for a family day out. Hiking, boating, fishing, swimming or relaxing by the beach are all on offer. Try the 18 km loop around Hayward Lake that includes floating bridges and a waterfall (check the BC Hydro site for partial closures and trail information)
Stave Dam Forest Interpretation Trail
After traveling through the naturally regenerated forest, the interpretive loop at Stave Dam Forest peaks with a lookout that on a clear day can see vistas as far away as Vancouver Island. Well worth the 45 minutes and uphill ascent.
Fraser River Heritage Park is located at one of the most breathtaking viewpoints in the area overlooking the Fraser River. The park is located at the former site of St. Mary’s Mission for which the City of Mission is named.
The park is the site of many community activities, including weekly Wednesday and Friday evening concerts during the summer season.
Some of the major events that happen throughout the year are:
- The Mission Folk Music Festival in July
- Old Car Sunday on Father’s Day
- Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday
- Our Lady of Lourdes Pilgrimage in August
- Children’s Festival in June
Cascade Falls Regional Park
Cascade Falls Regional Park is a 22-hectare park renowned for its spectacular waterfall which drops an impressive 30 meters into a large emerald pool, continuing on as Cascade Creek. With an ideal viewing location from the suspension bridge, which is just a 15 minute walk (mainly up stairs) from the parking lot.
Cascade Falls Park is a 14 km drive down Sylvester Road then turn right onto Ridgeview Road.
Due to Mission’s mountainous terrain and expansive Municipal Forest, the community offers a number of mountain bike friendly trails. These trails are primarily located within three trail networks: Bear Mountain, Red Mountain, and Heritage Mountain. Each of these locations offers trails of varying difficulty, providing suitable terrain for both beginners looking to ride their first trail and the most seasoned veterans looking for a real challenge.
For detailed trail maps and information, visit fvmba.com.
Swimming & Boating
Whether it’s the sandy beaches of Hayward Lake, the crystal clear canyon pools of Norrish, Lost, or Cascade Creeks, or the boat access shorelines of Stave Lake, Mission has many scenic destinations to canoe, kayak, paddle board, or just cool off at on a hot summers day.
Popular swimming and boating locations in Mission (note not all allow motorized boats):
- Hayward Lake
- Norrish (Suicide) Creek
- Stave Lake
- Lost (Fire) Creek
- Hatzic Lake
- Cascade Falls/Creek
- Rolley Lake
- Devil’s Lake
- Sayres Lake
- Florence Lake
For more information, visit mission.ca/municipal-hall/departments/forestry/forest-trails-recreation-areas/swimming-areas.
The Fraser River offers no other angling opportunity quite as thrilling as fishing for a prehistoric monster — the White Sturgeon.
Known as the Sturgeon Capital of the World, the Mission section of the Fraser has the largest population of sturgeon. The fish can be caught year-round, though spring and fall are the prime times.
Anglers from around the world consider the Fraser River one of the top angling destinations for salmon. Approximately 60 per cent of all salmon in BC pass by Mission en route to their home waters.