The Top Pros and Cons of Living In Chilliwack BC

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The Top Pros and Cons of Living In Chilliwack BC

Chilliwack is a popular Canadian city in British Columbia, and it is the seventh-largest city in British Columbia. In times past, the history of Chilliwack was highly centred on agriculture but now, Chilliwack is packed with a lot of outdoor activities, sports and tourist places for visitors to enjoy. Currently, the population of Chilliwack is less than 100,000.

Aside from a mild climate and improved quality of living, Chilliwack is also surrounded by recreational and mountain areas like the Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park and the Cultus Lake.

Now, since you are considering moving to Chilliwack, let’s dive in and explore some of the top pros & cons of living here..


#1 Lots of things to do

Anyone that has visited or lived in Chilliwack will tell you that there are lots of fun activities for you to do. If you like to get off the couch and be active then Chilliwack will be a good fit for you.

If you like doing anything outdoors, this is the place for it. There are hundreds of kilometres of forest roads, trails for hiking/mountain biking / ATVing, snowmobiling, Or Even just going for a quick bike ride along the river is nice. There are many lakes and rivers nearby that you can go swimming, fishing or boating as well. Chilliwack has endless places to explore and the views never get old.

# 2 More Affordable housing

One of the most important determining factors to consider when you are planning to relocate to a new city is the housing cost. If the costs to get a house in the place you are moving to are too expensive, you might have to reconsider unless finances are not a concern.

Now, in saying this, Chilliwack has more affordable housing when compared with other cities, especially Vancouver where the living cost is obviously high to start with. This is one of the main reasons we see so many families relocating from Vancouver to Chilliwack even though Vancouver has more things to do than some places in British Columbia.

#3 Amazing Restaurants/Breweries

One thing about Chilliwack is that you will never go hungry outside your home. This is because there are many restaurants to give you the feeling of being home even when you are actually far from home.

For beer lovers, there are many breweries around Chilliwack to choose from. There are some breweries in Chilliwack that also have outdoor firepits where you can eat dinner with friends and family.

#4 Beautiful Green Environment

Almost everywhere in Chilliwack is surrounded by trees and mountains. Chilliwack’s green environment is also one thing that makes Chilliwack a beautiful place to live. Basically anywhere you go it’s going to be very very green

#5 Lively community

It is not uncommon to find people who share the same interest as you all over the city because of the diverse range of people and immigrants.

The residents of Chilliwack enjoy coming together for community support for people in need. I am very impressed how supportive the community of Chilliwack is.

#6 Less traffic

There is usually less traffic to deal with in Chilliwack. Sometimes in the summer, you can get a slow day heading down Vedder Rd with all the people going out to Cultus Lake, but in general, there is no “rush hour”. Depending on where you have to travel for work you might experience heavy traffic but in general, traffic here is not heavy.

#7 Employment opportunities

Per hour, the average salary is $21 dollars an hr. While it is understandable that there aren’t as many job opportunities in Chilliwack as in Vancouver, the relative size of population and companies in both cities differs also.

#8 Less pollution

An area like Vancouver that is densely populated will experience an increased pollution rate than another area that is moderately populated. Chilliwack runs on agricultural activities, and the number of industries is not as high as other cities. For these reasons, Chilliwack will experience less pollution when compared with other cities in British Columbia.


Now for any city that has its advantages must also have some disadvantages, and this is why it’s great to talk about both the pros and cons of living here.

The following are some of the cons of living in Chilliwack;

#1 Dirty Environment

Dairy farming and consistent agricultural practices on the farmland can sometimes cause most of the farm areas to be covered in manure from the animals. It can stink like manure from early spring until fall in the farmlands, from all the dairy farms and cornfields. The smell driving through or living in these areas definitely needs to be considered if you are planning on moving to Chilliwack.

If you know you won’t be comfortable with the smell of manure, you can consider relocating to other great areas of Chilliwack where this is not a common occurrence.

#2 Limited road network

One bad thing about the road network is when there is an accident on one of the few main roads. Now I know I mentioned that the traffic in Chilliwack on an average day is not very high but if there is an accident on the highway, you’re basically stuck in a slow-moving traffic jam.

I’ve really learned how to avoid a lot of traffic, there are different times where I take different streets and in some areas I avoid driving altogether. But if you take the backroads and try to avoid the main streets at certain times of day

#3 High crime rate

The rate of crime in Chilliwack is something of concern. Crimes such as theft, home break-ins, vandalism, drugs, and others are on the high side. There are some areas in Chilliwack that have a much higher crime that are bringing these crime rates up. If you want to reach out to me direct I can explain these areas in detail for you.

#4 Lack of Nightlife

There is not a huge amount of nightlife in Chilliwack. Luckily downtown Vancouver is not that far away for all your nightlife needs at around 1:15-1:30 minute drive to Downtown. If weekend nightlife is important to you, might have to travel down to Vancouver which takes about 1hr from Chilliwack to enjoy these activities.

#5 Transportation

If you are looking for a great transit system to travel back and forth to Vancouver every day from Chilliwack, you have to know that the transit system is not that great from Chilliwack to Vancouver. Once you get to Surrey you can take the sky train that will take you into the other major cities and Vancouver. If you were wanting to take transit to go watch the Vancouver Canucks it would take you roughly 3.5 hrs. The transit system in town is not bad but for travelling long distances it is pretty terrible.


Making the decision to relocate to a new city can be confusing and scary. There are so many different factors to consider but if you are planning on moving to Chilliwack, hopefully, the pros and cons in this video should help you to make the right decision.


We have helped many families move to Chilliwack Canada and we have the systems dialled to make it as easy as possible for you and whoever will be living in Chilliwack with you!

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