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Chilliwack in British Columbia.

 

Chilliwack is a city in the Province of British Columbia. It is a predominantly agricultural community with an estimated population of 80,000 people. Chilliwack is the second largest city in the Fraser Valley Regional District after Abbotsford. The city is surrounded by mountains and recreational areas such as Cultus Lake and Chilliwack Lake Provincial Parks. There are many outdoor opportunities in the area, including hiking, horseback riding, biking, camping, fishing, and golf.

Perhaps the best-known musical act affiliated with the city is the band Chilliwack, but while it took the settlement as its namesake, the band actually formed and has always been based in nearby Vancouver. Since 2004, Chilliwack has played host to the annual Back to the Blues Gospel blues festival. The city of Chilliwack itself has a vibrant (albeit self-contained) musical scene, centring mostly around young ska and punk rock bands. The drumline from Sardis Secondary played at a great number of venues during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Chilliwack has given birth to such bands as These Kids Wear Crowns, Mystery Machine, Acoustic Warfare, and The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets.

The Paramount theatre had the largest neon sign in B.C. at the time of its building.

The Book Man is the second-largest used bookstore in the province of British Columbia.

Chilliwack is also home to a thriving community for classical music, with biannual performances of the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra. The city plays host to an annual Jazz Festival put on by the Chilliwack Happy Times Jazz Society every spring.

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