- Retain existing uses, landscapes and buildings, where appropriate;
- Build a compact and efficient community of uses where residents and students can live, work, shop, play and learn close by;
- Respect the adjoining neighbourhoods in sensitive redevelopment that contributes green space and amenities while providing appropriate built form;
- Encourage a variety of transportation networks with reduced emphasis on the automobile (greenways, walkways, bike routes, and transit) to the adjoining areas;
- Promote a variety of uses, flexibility of phasing and growth that can respond to market demand and a variety of land owners;
- Commemorate the site’s history and encourage the adaptive reuse of existing buildings and heritage landscapes and community assets;
- Enhance the connection to the spectacular setting in terms of views, and links to the Vedder River recreational corridor;
- Encourage the development of linked public places along with gathering and interaction between the various users;
- Implement the design standards necessary to ensure the protection of the Vedder Aquifer;
- Use innovative building and site planning methods to conserve energy and reduce waste;
- Promote continued environmental responsibility and lifestyles including tree stewardship, transit use, waste reduction, and energy conservation; and
- Ensure that public and private investment in public infrastructure is well planned to gain maximum value especially for public safety and amenity in the area.
The model of Canada Education Park is a significant investment for the future of Chilliwack. Canada Education Park is a huge economic generator for the community, not only in terms of job creation but also future generations of business, given the training programs that are in effect at the Park. This is a centre of excellence in innovation and education.
Canada Education Park is a strong example of the benefits of positive public/private partnerships between the federal, provincial, and municipal governments, federal and provincial institutions, and the university. Given the need for trades training and innovation, Canada Education Park has become a strong centre of resource development in our community.
The Vedder River Rotary Trail was a joint venture with the Rotary Club of Chilliwack, the Canadian Forces Base of Chilliwack and the City of Chilliwack. This beautiful trail runs along the Vedder River and is 15 km long. Great for running, biking, walking and horseback riding, many outdoor enthusiasts find this trail wonderful not only for the scenery but for the great accessibility to the Vedder River.
Numerous pedestrian trails link down to the Trans Canada Trail along the Vedder River. The Legacy Trail links north to Garrison Crossing and complements a major east-west central boulevard. Significant trees, landscape features, and heritage buildings have been retained as part of redevelopment. On the east side of the campus, conveniently located cafes and supportive local commercial uses are tucked under upper storey residential uses along the south part of Vedder Road, and more commercial uses are concentrated at the corner of Vedder Road and Keith Wilson Road.
Canada Education Park has preserved the historic integrity of the former Canada Forces Base Chilliwack. The military heritage of the lands comprising the Park is honoured by preserving existing street names, elements of the existing buildings, landmarks, legacy markers and monuments, and landscape features.
- All Sappers Memorial Park is located at the intersection of Vedder and Keith Wilson roads in Chilliwack. CFB Chilliwack was home to many sappers, otherwise known as engineers. The cenotaph commemorates those who served in the Great War (1914-1918), as well as World War II, and the Korean War.
- As part of the construction of the Canada Education Park, Caen Avenue was extended to skirt the north end of the parade square, which now serves as a parking lot for the University of the Fraser Valley. Through the efforts of local volunteers and the support of veterans and military personnel from around the world, the stand has been brought back to its former glory and put into historical context.
- The saluting base, located off Caen Avenue, once served as a platform for prominent military officials to observe marching troops in the Parade Square. The University of the Fraser Valley preserved the saluting base, which has been revamped with fresh paint, new landscaping, commemorative plaques and metal fixtures shaped in the word ‘ubique’, which means ‘everywhere’ in Latin.
- Starting through Garrison Crossing and the Canada Education Park and ending at the Vedder River Rotary Trail, the Legacy Trail commemorates the men and women who lived and worked at the former Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack from its inception in 1942 to its closure in 1998. Visitors and residents can walk the pathways and learn about the base’s history and the vital role it has played in Canada’s military.