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Fraser Valley & Greater Vancouver Rich in agricultural roots, the Fraser Valley is known for its favourable climate year round and is home to some of the most fertile land in Canada. This is renowned farm country where an abundance of produce is grown. In fact, more than half of the province’s farming industry is located here. There are more than 20 wineries scattered between Chilliwack and Richmond that are considered part of the Fraser Valley wine growing region, although several are actually in the Metro Vancouver region. There are more than 200 acres of grapes planted in the area. The main varieties are Pinot Noir, Bacchus, Pinot Gris, Siegerebe and Madeleine Angevine. Producers focus on making fresh fruit-forward wines but also use other tree fruits and often obtain grapes from the Okanagan to create fuller bodied offerings. The Fraser Valley is only about an hour from downtown Vancouver, but you won’t feel much of the city’s influence in the here. It’s a grassroots and hard-working community with a much slower pace than its bustling neighbour to the west. And surrounding farmers’ fields and vineyards are rugged mountains, dense forest and pristine waterways – terrain that offer travellers great outdoor adventure opportunities such as mountain climbing, salmon fishing, white water rafting, zip lining, biking and hiking. There are numerous attractions such as aquatic and recreation centres, historic sites, parks and campgrounds. Nature lovers will be drawn to Mountain View Wildlife Conservation and Breeding Centre and Bridal Veil Falls. The close proximity to Metro Vancouver makes it highly accessible and provides excellent opportunities for rural daytrips and urban excursions.