Mission BC Canada {First Time Visitors Guide}

Mission BC Canada {First Time Visitors Guide}

Post Last Modified – June 25, 2021

Mission British Columbia – Travel Guide

If you’re traveling to Canada’s west coast, then be sure to stop and visit Mission British Columbia.  It’s just about an hours drive east, from the City of Vancouver. The picturesque town of Mission BC is located along the shores of the Mighty Fraser River.

Mission, BC Population

With a population of just over 35,000 and growing larger by the year, Mission is a perfect stop over community. Especially for those traveling between Vancouver and two other very popular tourist destinations; Harrison Hot Springs and the town of Hope BC.

The quaint town of Hope is famous for the Big Screen Movie Blockbuster Rambo, starring actor Sylvestor Stallone. This movie was filmed in and around the town of Hope.

First, check out this  short video on the City of Mission.

Mission On The Fraser – YouTube Video


Mission BC Is Full Of History

Mission BC Tourism 2020

Mission is filled with history and named after the very first Roman Catholic Mission built in western Canada back in 1861.

Today, you can enjoy a stroll and view old foundations and more at beautiful Heritage Park, complete with breathtaking views overlooking the Fraser River and Valley.  You can also view  magnificent Mount Baker to the south in Washington State.

Today, perhaps the most predominant landmark seen approaching Mission is the beautiful Westminster Abbey church tower hovering down over the City.
This site is home to the Benedictine Monks and their beautiful church and outbuildings.

Westminster Abbey Bell Tower

Westminster Abbey Mission BC

Visitors are welcome year round to enjoy the grounds, the spectacular view above and are invited to attend church service as well.

“The Sto:lo Native Indians first inhabited this land with the white man arriving in the late 1800s along with the Canadian Pacific Railway.  Mission became very popular in the early days with people arriving and laying stake to rich farm land, as well as trappers, river travelers and many others making the area home and a stop over town for supplies and more.”


Visit Mission BC – Things To See and Do

An Eagle Enthusiasts Paradise

This area has become world re-known for bird watching enthusiasts and in particular for the annual 🦅 Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival.  People arrive from all parts of the globe to share their love of bird watching with others and to view these spectacular birds!

As locals, we seem to just take them for granted, not realizing how lucky we are to view these birds without giving them a second thought.

Below, I’ve added the Official link to the Festival’s website for your convenience for updated information when the next festival will be held.

Fraser Valley Balk Eagle Festival Logo

🦅   Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Mission BC

Gorgeous View of the Fraser River & Valley from Mission

Fraser Valley BC

Mission BC – Outdoor Adventure Playground

If you enjoy the outdoors then Mission British Columbia and the surrounding area can keep you well entertained for many days. The surrounding area is ideal for those who love activities outdoors.

Surrounded by the beautiful coastal mountains, there are back country activities to suit most everyone.

From hiking, biking, swimming, snow skiing and much more, these activities are great in and around the city!

Cascade Falls Regional Park

One notable hidden gem just outside the city is the beautiful Cascade Falls Regional Park which has recently undergone extensive visitor upgrades, including viewing platforms and a swing bridge!

Be sure to check out my latest post and photos here on 🌊 Cascade Falls Regional Park.  A very popular attraction in the region, definitely not to be missed!

Swimming is very popular here as well along the rivers edge in the summertime!

Over 30,000 people arrive annually to Mission BC and region to enjoy and explore its fabulous back country.

Mission British Columbia

Mission British Columbia Is An Outdoor Wonderland

Heres just a sample of some of the area attractions for you and your family to enjoy.

 Geocaching …

Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game and Mission is always a favorite destination for those who enjoy the hunt!
Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.

Exploring the Province One Treasure at a Time.

A fun filled family activity found in many communities around the globe. Of the 27,000 geocaches in British Columbia, Mission is host to over 1500 of them for you to discover!

To learn more about Geocaching in BC, I’ve included their official website below.

💎   Geocaching BC

Mission BC Canada


There are over forty well maintained back country hiking trails in the surrounding area for you to enjoy.   Take an easy day hike around one of the many beautiful surrounding lakes, or take part in more difficult hikes where you can enjoy overnight camping and much more.

For more information on area hiking visit:

🥾   Vancouver Trails


From back country lakes and streams, to fishing on the Fraser River, people come from all over to catch that mouth watering trout, kokanee fish or enjoy the thrill of catching a salmon or sturgeon fish in the area.

Fishing is one of the largest attractions in the area and in British Columbia for that matter! 

Mission Raceway Park

Mission Raceway

For race enthusiasts such as myself, the city is host to a major league  Drag Strip and Road Racing Course. This auto and motorcycle race track hosts numerous major events during season.
Along with these race events, locals and tourists alike enjoy many other additional fun filled attractions, entertainment and activities in Mission BC.

Below, I’ve included the official website to the Racetrack. For a complete list of scheduled events being held this season.

🏁   Mission Raceway Park

As you can see, there’s nothing dull about a visit to Mission, BC.  This city in the country has everything and more for you and your family to explore and enjoy.

From sunset open air Theater under the Stars  live entertainment at historic Heritage Park in the summer months, vintage car rallies, drag racing, bird watching, fishing and swimming, its all here for you to take in during your stay.

View from Mission BC’s Heritage Park

Heritage Park Mission BC

For golf enthusiasts, Mission boasts one of the finest challenging golf courses in the Valley.  There are two golf courses in Mission complete with practice ranges, fully equipped pro shops, dining and more.

Excellent Restaurants To Choose From In Mission

Prawn Garden Restaurant Mission BC

Look for places to dine while visiting the city is no problem!  There are plenty of excellent restaurants to choose from, including one of my all time favorites; The Historic 🍲 Prawn Garden Restaurant.

This restaurant has served outstanding traditional Chinese Food since the early 1960’s and continues to do so today. Definitely not to be missed when visiting the city for dine in or take out, you will not be disappointed!

A Few More Facts About Mission BC

Vintage Cowboy Photo

🚂   The first train robbery occurred in Mission BC committed by the famous outlaw Billy Miner;

🚗   Mission hosts the annual Western Canadian Soap Box Derby;

🌊   The City constructed one of the first Hydro Electric Dams which is still in operation today;

📖   The first bridge to cross the Mighty Fraser River was constructed in Mission.

Brent Hayden – Pride of Mission BC!

Brent Hayden Mission BC

This article would not be complete without mentioning our home town Olympic Gold Medalist hero … Brent Hayden.
Missions one-time world champion, Brent earned Canada a Bronze in the 100m freestyle at the  2012 London Olympic Games.

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If you are planning a visit to British Columbia and the coastal area around Vancouver, then be sure to visit the city of Mission.

There’s plenty to see and do!

Safe and Healthy Travels!

signature of author and owner Robert Tellier at https://gr8traveltips.com
✨   Did You Know

“The Trans-Canada Highway Between Victoria, British Columbia & St. John’s, Newfoundland Is The World’s Longest National Highway Running 7,821 km / 4,860 miles.”


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