Pitt Meadows is located in the Lower Fraser Valley, east of Vancouver. It is a primarily agricultural area, situated on the north side of the Fraser River at its junction with the Pitt River. The City is also bisected by the two arms of the Alouette River, along with a number of other sloughs and waterways.
Pitt Lake, on the City’s northern boundary, is the largest tidal lake in North America. Along the community’s northeast edge lies the Thompson Mountain Range.
Pitt Meadows is considered the “Gateway” to the Fraser Valley and is forty minutes by West Coast Express passenger train service and one hour by car from Vancouver’s downtown area and Stanley Park.
The Municipality takes its name from the Pitt River and Pitt Lake, which were possibly named after former British Prime Minister William Pitt.
The first inhabitants of Pitt Meadows were aboriginal people, and they resided in this area approximately 1000 years ago. James McMillan then explored the area in 1874 and Europeans followed by starting a settlement in the area in the 1870’s. This settlement was originally known as Bonson’s Landing. The Municipality of Maple Ridge was first incorporated in 1874 and included Pitt Meadows to the west. However, residents of the Pitt Meadows area petitioned for their removal from the District of Maple Ridge in 1892. Pitt Meadows reverted to unorganized territory but was separately incorporated in 1914. Early settlers were mostly Anglo-Saxon until after 1910 when many French Canadians and Japanese arrived. A large group of Dutch farmers reclaimed much of the low-lying land in Pitt Meadows after World War II.
Take a quick look around and you’ll know why families and businesses are attracted to this thriving community. Pitt Meadows offers a temperate climate, affordable housing, and an abundance of green space. It’s a city where you’ll find a unique blend of urban-appeal and rural-charm. Currently home to 17,800 residents, the City’s population is expected to grow to 20,000 by 2020.
Pitt Meadows is a member municipality of Metro Vancouver (formerly Greater Vancouver Regional District). The city’s well-planned and compact urban highland is surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains, parks, rivers and North America’s largest tidal lake – all of which present spectacular opportunity and have a positive impact on quality of life. With thousands of visitors per year, it’s evident that word of mouth about this great community is spreading.
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