Garrison Crossing is an award-winning community that combines the best in residential living with local shopping and other amenities. Nearly sold out, this 153-acre site, featuring over 1,700 units, is modeled on the principles of "new urbanism" and has created livable neighbourhoods in Chilliwack to live, work and play.
Garrison Crossing is one of Chilliwack, British Columbia’s most innovative communities. The site is a 153-acre (61.9-hectare) redevelopment of part of the former Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Chilliwack. Canada Lands Company acquired the site in 2001 and has received very positive support from the community for its transformation of the former military base.
Canada Lands Company, in cooperation with the City of Chilliwack, has brought many innovations to Garrison Crossing that have increased the environmental, socio-economic and community values of this redevelopment project.
This innovative design approach helped secure Garrison Crossing official LEED-ND Stage 2 certification in February 2010, under a pilot program led by US Green Building Council. Canada Lands Company was proud to receive this certification, especially considering that Garrison Crossing broke ground in 2003, years before the LEED-ND pilot program rating system was formally introduced in 2007. This recognition demonstrates the industry best practices that Canada Lands Company applies in its sustainable design.
Garrison Crossing will, when completed, include over 1,700 residential housing units with a mix of new and refurbished single-family homes, new and restored townhouses, condominium apartments and its own retail village. The revitalization of Garrison Crossing celebrates its surroundings and commemorates its history. This approach has made the community one of the most desirable residential neighbourhoods in the entire Fraser Valley.
Permanent Married Quarters (PMQs) that originally existed on the base were refurbished as part of the redevelopment. Great care was taken to save and refinish the beautiful original fir floors of these residences. All homes were taken down to the framework to install new plumbing, wiring, windows, siding and insulation. Front porches and back sundecks were added and exteriors painted in rich, vibrant colors to complement the mature greenery.
Creating a pedestrian-friendly residential community and encouraging travel without a car was integral to the planning of Garrison Crossing, Chilliwack. The central boulevard links to a network of bikeways, pathways and nature trails that allow you to walk to the local elementary school, community centre and retail village.
Canada Lands Company also installed a Legacy Walk, which 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 1995. 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. In addition, Sapper’s Cenotaph Park on the eastern edge of the site was renovated and rededicated in partnership with local veterans.