One thing I absolutely love about Maple Ridge is the emphasis the community puts on building public parks and community centres. With over a dozen parks and 100+ kilometers of riding, hiking and biking trails, there is never a shortage of new things to see and do outdoors around the area! You can always visit the Maple Ridge Parks & Leisure Services website for specific details and event calendars on each facility.
Take a look below for some of my absolute favourite spots to spend a free day.
The community’s favourite local rink, Planet Ice has two NHL-size rinks, a pro shop and enough seating for sporting events or concerts.
The ACT Arts Centre
The pride and joy of Maple Ridge, this small but active facility always has something fun going on. Art studios, meeting rooms, a gallery and a 486-person theatre all make ACT the backbone of the community arts scene. There’s even a lobby bar!
Encompassing several acres, Albion Fairgrounds is one of the largest and most active open public spaces in the area. It plays host to a favorite event of the year: the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest. Taking place every July, this authentic country fair offers rides, games, contests and amazing performances from local artists.
In addition to the Country Fest, Albion Fairgrounds hosts regular community events year-round, especially for equestrian enthusiasts. Indoor riding in the beef barn, outdoor riding rings and show rings, a community garden, picnic shelters, and an off-leash dog park all draw Maple Ridge community members there on a regular basis.
Albion Sports Complex
Adjacent to the fairgrounds, the sports complex is home to recreational sports facilities that have provided many a fond memory of popcorn, metal bleachers and shouting for the local team to win.
This enormous 13-acre park offers ample wildlife viewing, horse trails, river access and picnicking facilities.
Overlooking the Fraser river, I love coming to this tranquil park for weekend tennis, basketball or field games. There is also a sizable playground suitable for children around ages 4 – 11.
Cedar Park is a favourite of my friend’s children for its huge sandbox. I, however, love it for the shaded walking trails, engaging fitness circuit and general peaceful scenery underneath the maples and pines.
Cliff Park and Falls
Combining suburban recreation with true outdoor adventure, Cliff Park and Falls offers a unique mix. Picnic areas and playing fields front the developed area of the park, while further back a bevy of roaring, gorgeous waterfalls alongside walking and horse riding trails creates the perfect spot for making memories at any age.
Cottonwood BMX Park
BMX and biking enthusiasts will love the Ridge Meadows BMX track, which is sanctioned by the Canadian Cycling Association.
Maple Ridge Curling Rink
Anyone who enjoys curling will have a blast at our local curling rink, with its 6 regulation size curling sheets and huge banquet hall for hosting events.
Maple Ridge Park
This park has a huge spray park area that is always teeming with kids and families during summer months.
Memorial Peace Park
Residents come here often to enjoy the incredible flower beds and water feature. Concerts and community events near the iconic bandstand are also common.
Rieboldt Park has a captivating walking trail that winds through scenic meadows and covered bridges.
Swimming in Whonnock Lake has become a staple in the childhoods of Maple Ridge residents. I still love coming here to this day for its gorgeous wildlife viewing and fishing.
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Between these facilities and the many, many others we didn’t have room to mention, Maple Ridge is an amazing place for families, nature lovers and people who simply enjoy being immersed in the community.
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