Promontory Heights is a large residential subdivision overlooking Sardis and has been the focus of much of the areas development in recent times. It was originally home to a few farmers raising livestock, growing crops and fruit trees as well as some sawmills conducting logging operations in what was a heavily wooded area.
Despite all the new building taking place here you can still see the one room Promontory Heights School (a Municipal heritage site) which operated from 1909-1941. Today it still operates as a parent participation pre-school. Catch some great valley views from the many vantage points on the hill and explore the hiking trail network including the popular Mount Thom climb.
Ryder Lake is a sub-alpine hamlet in the foothills of the Pacific mountain range. Just a 20 minute drive from downtown Chilliwack and 90 minutes from Vancouver. The community of small, medium, and larger family owned farms is surrounded by snow topped mountains - Elk Mountain Slesse Mountain, Maguire Mountain, Church Mountain and Mount Thom, to name a few. Logging also helped the development of Ryder Lake, North-East of Promontory as it cleared land for what became self-sufficient farms. Ryder Lake post office opened in 1925 and in the 1930’s it had two schools and a community hall. It maintains its rural identity today and each year, the community celebrates it with the well known ‘Ryder Lake Ramble’. Peek through some trees off the Ryder Lake Road and you may catch a glimpse of the lake on land formerly owned by founder John Ryder.
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