River’s Edge, in British Columbia, is the third remnant of the former Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Chilliwack to be master planned, rezoned and developed by Canada Lands Company. Situated near the company’s award-winning Garrison Crossing community, River’s Edge encompasses 43.2 acres (17.5 hectares), with highlights including 1,312 feet of waterfront along the Vedder River and 3.8 acres (1.5 hectares) of mature trees. These natural elements will be retained, enhanced and ultimately dedicated to the City of Chilliwack for parks and recreation purposes.

The vision for River’s Edge is to create a unique, diverse and sustainable riverfront community that complements its surroundings, contributes to the healthy growth of Chilliwack and builds on the site’s natural assets. The project will be a model of progressive and responsible real estate development that respects the natural environment, connects to its neighbours and provides for a broad range of housing choices, to include: freehold (fee simple) in single family, duplex and rowhouse forms; and strata title condominiums in town house, duplex and apartment forms.

As planning begins to ramp up for this project, Canada Lands Company has put the site’s myriad natural assets at the forefront of its urban planning strategies.

A tree conservation and natural enrichment strategy is in place to conserve and enhance the natural assets of the site through sensitive development and urban design. A diversity of spaces will be created to provide a recognizable neighbourhood structure with public space, increase safety and foster privacy, where applicable. 

Canada Lands Company is also working to reinforce a 600-metre section of the Rotary Trail between the Vedder River to the south and the planned River’s Edge community to the north. The work is part of the development agreement with the City of Chilliwack. The Rotary Trail along the Vedder River attracts 180,000 users a year. To learn more about this important conservation project visit: www.rotarytrailrebuild.com

When housing construction begins, a number of architectural styles will be encouraged with standards and quality comparable to those found at Canada Lands’ Garrison Crossing mixed-use development. We are always looking for innovative new designs that will add new life, refinement and articulation to a home, while utilizing durable materials and practicing sustainable design.

New homes will be designed to maximize efficiency and minimize resource use. In line with Canada Lands Company’s mandate and prior development history, a variety of sustainability programs will be considered for River’s Edge, including: LEED for New Homes, Built Green, Energuide and Canadian Passive House Standards, among others. Heating and cooling homes through a district energy system will also be considered.
Scott McVetty
Scott McVetty