Located 12km west of downtown Chilliwack, the townsite of Yarrow was built partly on reclaimed land from Sumas Lake. The reclamation process created 12,000 acres of agricultural land which combined with the development of the BC Electric Railway and a station for the town, firmly put Yarrow on the map. The village became home to a group of Dutch-German Mennonite settlers during World War 1 which helped to further develop it as a farming community growing a variety of crops including hops and tobacco. World War 2 helped establish Yarrow as one of the biggest raspberry producing areas in Canada. Consequently the economic highs and lows of the fruit growing industry had a big impact on the development of the community.
The town has also benefitted from being on the scenic route from the Trans Canada Highway to Cultus Lake(Exit 104). Today, Yarrow has a vibrant mix of older (some unchanged since the 1950’s) and newer businesses but still has a small town feel with an eclectic twist and the community continues to gather each year on the first Saturday of June to celebrate ‘Yarrow Days’. Visitor’s can take home locally produced unique arts, crafts and gifts from several studios in the community.
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