Situated on the northern bank of the Fraser River, Mission was incorporated in 1892. The name Mission City was chosen due to its proximity to the historic St. Mary's Mission of the Oblate order just east of the town site.

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Map of Things to do in Mission

Mission was an important railway town when it was first established - it was built in a style mirroring towns in Ontario to entice immigrants to buy in the area. The town was a major rail line between Vancouver and the United States as a crossing over the Fraser River until the New Westminster rail bridge was opened in 1904.

The main industry in Mission is tree farming (with some berry farms) as the land in and around the City is agriculturally poor as it is hilly and far from the shores of the Fraser River. These tree farms supply much of the sustainable logging business for British Columbia. Hydroelectricity is also an important industry and Mission is well known for its Powerhouse at Stave Falls which also operates as a BC Hydro visitors centre.

Mission continues to be a small town and is home to many commuters as it is one of the least expensive areas to live within in the Lower Mainland. With several attractions ranging from parks and longhouse interpretive centres to teach visitors about the First Nations groups in the area as well as old churches and historic buildings, the town of Mission is an interesting locale to explore and enjoy its small town ambiance throughout the year.

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Powerhouse at Stave Falls

Learn about hydroelectricity by visiting the Powerhouse at Stave Falls Visitors Centre in Mission, a historic 1912 hydroelectric dam in the Fraser Valley with activities, artifacts, a theatre and exhibits.

Westminster Abbey

On the hilly meadows of Mission, overlooking the Fraser River and the surrounding mountains is the Westminster Abbey which offers visitors the opportunity to explore and enjoy its sprawling 70 acre grounds, inside its beautiful Abbey Church as well as the chance to hear the Benedictine monks and their students pray and sing throughout the day.