Maple Ridge is a city in British Columbia, Canada. It is located in the northeastern section of Greater Vancouver between the Fraser River and the Golden Ears, which is a group of mountain summits which are the southernmost of the Garibaldi Ranges of the Coast Mountains. Maple Ridge’s population in 2016 was 82,256. Its downtown core is known as Haney.
Maple Ridge was incorporated as a district municipality on September 12, 1874. It covered an area of 33,000 acres (130 km2) yet was home to only approximately 50 families. Maple Ridge is British Columbia’s fifth-oldest municipality (after New Westminster, Victoria, Langley, and Chilliwack). Until the expansion of Metro Vancouver (the GVRD) it was part of the now-defunct Dewdney-Alouette Regional District with the City of Pitt Meadows and District of Mission and other north-side communities east to Chehalis.
On March 26, 2014, Maple Ridge residents voted to change the community’s status from district municipality to city. Subsequently, Maple Ridge Council submitted its request for status change to the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. The status change became official on September 12, 2014, which coincided with Maple Ridge’s 140th anniversary of municipal incorporation.