The City of Chilliwack is a community of 76,000 people and is growing rapidly. It is located 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Vancouver, marking the start of the Fraser lowland.
In its pioneering days the community served as a gateway as well as a hinterland to the fur trade and gold mines at Yale and Hope. But the arable flat land and the improved transportation of the Lower Mainland soon reoriented the community's economic ties toward the Vancouver area. As Greater Vancouver expands, the Lower Mainland becomes integrated as one economic region, and Chilliwack is very much a part of that region.