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Attractions in Mission

Residents and tourists alike enjoy the natural setting and world-class attractions Mission has to offer.  Known for it's festivals, superb fishing, mountain biking, hiking in the 26,000-acre municipal forests and heritage and cultural sites this Frasr River community has alot to offer.

 

Hiking

Mission has an abundance of recreation trails ranging from challenging to easy.  Enjoy the sounds of the areas local birds with a leisurely stroll around Rolley Lake.  Or try the 18 km loop around Hayward Lake with it's floating bridges and waterfall.  Looking for a view?  Take the 45 minute interpretive loop at Stave Dam Forest through a naturally regenerated forest.  And there are many other trails offered to hikers of all abilities in the Mission area.

Cascade Falls Regional Park

This 9.5 hectare park renown for its spectacular waterfall which drops 30 meters into a large pool then continues on as Cascade Creek.  There are several large pools in the boulder strewn creek and a 15 minute walk leads from the parking lot to a viewing platform next to the falls.  Only a 14 km drive down Sylvester Road then turn right onto Ridgeview Road. Click here for further info. www.fvrd.bc.ca

Fishing

The Fraser River offers a wide array of angling opportunities but none quite like the thrill of fishing for a prehistoric monster known as the White Sturgeon, the largest in North American.  Known as the Sturgeon Capital of the World, we can boast that we have the largest population of sturgeon anywhere in the Faser River.  They can be fished for year round with spring and fall being the prime times.  And don't forget the salmon, each spring millions of salmon begin their migration home along the Fraser River.  Approximately 60 per cent of all salmon in BC pass by here en route to their home waters. Anglers from around the world now consider the Fraser River one of the top angling destinations.

Mission Art Gallery & Centre

The Mission Art Centre houses a Gallery, gift shop and tearoom.  It offers exciting exhibits from local and regional artists in various media forms.  The exhibits change every two to three weeks throughout the year.  The gift shop offers special gifts handcrafted by local artists including fiber arts, ceramics, jewelry and more.  Hours of operation are Wednesday-Sunday 1:00pm to 4:00 pm.

Mission Museum

Mission Museum celebrates the extremely rich and unique history of the area including the Sto:lo who first inhabited the area over 9,000 years ago, the arrival of Father Fouquet and his establishment of St. Mary's Mission and Canada's first train robbery featuring none other than Billy Miner.  Rotating exhibits focus on specific aspects of Mission's past.

www.mission.museum.bc.ca

Fraser River Heritage Park

Fraser River Heritage Park is located at one of the most breathtakingly beautiful locations overlooking the Fraser River at the former site of St. Mary's Mission.  The Mission, for which Mission is named was founded by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1861.  The school buildings and the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes were demolished in 1965 and the Grotto was reconstructed to its original specifications in 1996.  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 which attracts hundreds of antique cars and thousands of visitors, Easter Sunday an Easter egg hunt for the little ones, the Our Lady of Lourdes Pilgrimage held in August and the Celebration of Communities in September.

Mission Raceway Park

Mission Raceway Park is one of the continent's best and fastest drag strip in all of Western Canada and the US Northwest. The low elevation (24' above sea level) boosts horsepower, making it one of the fastest tracks.  Sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), Mission Raceway features some of the quickest dragsters on the planet with speeds in excess of 270 mph.  The drag strip provides safe, controlled racing conditions for those who range from casual hobbyists to internationally ranked professionals.  Drag racing runs from March until mid-October.  A road racing club and motocross bike racers also use the track on non-drag weekends.

www.missionraceway.com

The Power House at Stave Falls

Experience an authentic 1912 generating station at the Power House at Stave Falls, a National Historic Site of Canada.  This National Historic site has been preserved as it was originally built and is now a first-class interpretive centre.  It features five generators and turbines for all to experience up close and hands-on science exhibits educating young and old on how electricity is made while telling the story of how power helped build this province.  A History Hall with antique appliances and a 1912 Detroit electric car are on display as well.

www.bchydro.com/stavefalls

Westminster Abbey

This working Benedictine monastery's bell tower can be seen for a great distance east of Mission.  It welcomes visitors to it's grounds at any time and in the monastery itself most afternoons.  A fascinating place to visit and a beautiful setting for an early morning or late afternoon stroll.  Be sure to take the 5 minute walk to the viewpoint where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Fraser River Valley.