With its proximity to major urban centres, North Delta (population: 49,500+) is a popular choice for residents who enjoy country living, but still want the convenience of access to major urban centres via ferries, airport and major highways.
Subdivisions offer panoramic views of fertile delta farmland and the Fraser River.
Surrey (pop.: 395,000+) is the second largest city in BC and one of the fastest-growing cities in North America. With 88 parks throughout the community, Surrey has earned a reputation as the City of Parks.
At approximately three times the size of Vancouver, Surrey is shedding its "bedroom community" image and is attracting jobs, development and corporate head offices. The new City Centre in Surrey's northwest sector features high-density residential around a retail and business centre connected to Vancouver by rapid transit.
In Surrey's eastern region, Cloverdale, home of the annual Cloverdale Rodeo and harness-racing track, has an "Old West" flavour.
The Langleys (pop.: 117,000+) - including the City of Langley and Township of Langley (Fort Langley and Aldergrove) - are the "happy medium" for light industry that needs access both to Greater Vancouver and to the rest of the province.
Its gently rolling and fertile land has made Langley the Horse Capital of BC.
Langley Municipal Airport is a centre for recreational flying and the heritage village of Fort Langley is a beautifully preserved piece of British Columbia history.
Historic, yet cosmopolitan, White Rock (pop.: 18,755) is the choice of many who enjoy city amenities, yet want proximity to countryside, beaches and ocean.
Overlooking Semiahmoo Bay and the lights of Blaine, Washington, White Rock has the ambiance and rich character of a resort community.
Culture and the arts thrive in White Rock. The city's annual Sea Festival in August is an event that features live entertainment along the main boardwalk and attracts thousands of visitors from both sides of the Canada-US border.
This is country living at its best: Abbotsford (pop.: 123,000+) is one of the most productive agricultural areas in Canada.
The Abbotsford Airshow held every other year and the Tradex convention centre, the second largest in the province, have attracted a thriving aviation industry.
Most residential areas have splendid views of Washington State's Mt. Baker, to the southeast.
Mission (pop.: 37,000+) is the Fraser Valley's best-kept secret. Nestled in a natural environment of lakes, mountains and forest that allows for many recreational activities, this picturesque community overlooks the bustling river traffic on the mighty Fraser.
The West Coast Express, a commuter rail service linking Mission with Vancouver and points in between, has made this affordable community more accessible and more attractive to those who work in Greater Vancouver.