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Maple Ridge, British Columbia (District Municipality)

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Maple Ridge is a district municipality in British Columbia, located east of Vancouver, on the Fraser River. It has a population of approximately 65,000. The total area is of 265.69 square kilometers and population density is of 237.8 square kilometers. The District of Maple Ridge was incorporated 12 September 1874, and is British Columbia's fifth-oldest municipality.
In the past 20 years, Maple Ridge has grown very rapidly, with a 12.5 percent population increase between the 1996 and 2001 censuses. The construction of new residential subdivisions has threatened many sensitive wildlife habitats as well as the District's limited agricultural land. About two-thirds of those who work outside the home commute into other suburbs or downtown Vancouver. The recently-started construction of the Golden Ears Bridge also signals growth.
Maple Ridge is known for being the hometown of several high-profile athletes, such as baseball player Larry Walker, race-car driver Greg Moore, and hockey players Cam Neely, Brendan Morrison and Andrew Ladd. These professional athletes are the product of very well organized youth sports programs, including a baseball program which has produced three Midget Western Canadian Championship teams since 2001, including back-to-back championships in 2001 and 2002. It is the kind of town you daydream about. It is a city with endless recreational opportunities, rich history, and modern day luxuries.

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