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Aldergrove, British Columbia

Aldergrove is a community in the Township of Langley within British Columbia, Canada,[1] approximately 59 km (37 mi) east of Vancouver. The community is urban in nature[2] and, although not incorporated as a town,[3] is often referred to as one.[4]

Aldergrove is located at the southeastern edge of both the Township of Langley and the Greater Vancouver metropolitan area near the western edge of the Abbotsford metropolitan area. It is home to one of the Lower Mainland's five land border crossings, connecting Aldergrove and Lynden, Washington.

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DemographicsEdit

As a population centre in the Canada 2011 Census, Aldergrove had a population of 12,778 living in 4,515 of its 4,756 total private dwellings, a 3.4% change from its 2006 population of 12,363. With a land area of 15.40 km2 (5.95 sq mi), it had a population density of 829.74/km2 (2,149.0/sq mi) in 2011.[5]

Arts and cultureEdit

The A&E television series Bates Motel is filmed in Aldergrove, though it is set in the fictional town of White Pine Bay, Oregon. The series stars Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga and is a prequel to the famous 1960 Alfred Hitchcock horror film Psycho, which is based on the novel of the same name. The series is set in modern times and the first season was filmed in the fall of 2012. The set for the original home is located in Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, however a replica has been built in Aldergrove, where the series is filmed. Filming for the second season commenced in August 2013.[6] The set is located on 272nd Street.[7] Principal photography for the third season began on October 20, 2014 and was completed on March 1, 2015. The Kent farm from the TV series Smallville is a working farm in Aldergrove. Owned by the Anderlinis, their home was painted yellow for the show.

The fourth season of the Canadian television series, "The Amazing Race Canada", starred two women from Aldergrove, Frankie Gassler and Amy Gassler. In said show, teams of two compete for a prize of CA$250,000, a "once-in-a-lifetime" trip for two around the world with hotel accommodations provided by new sponsor Hotels.com, and the winning team's choice of any Chevrolet vehicle driven during the race. They ended up placing 4th in this race around the world.

AttractionsEdit

The Greater Vancouver Zoo and the Twilight Drive-in Theatre are located in Aldergrove.

SportsEdit

Club League Sport Established Championships
Aldergrove Kodiaks
PIJHL
Ice hockey
2008
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MilitaryEdit

The Royal Canadian Navy's primary communication station for the Pacific fleet is located at Naval Radio Site Aldergrove.

InfrastructureEdit

TransportationEdit

Aldergrove is served by the #503 Aldergrove/Surrey Central Station bus route. The No. 503 operates half-hourly trips between Langley Centre and Fraser Hwy and 272nd Street. It is also served by the No. 21 Valley Max bus service that connects Aldergrove to Abbotsford.

In addition to Translink service, the Aldergrove Trolley Company commenced operating a trolley-replica bus service in the Aldergrove area in June 2013.[8] The company has plans to expand from its single route (which travels the Aldergrove community) in the near future to include the nearby Gloucester Industrial Estates north of the community.

EducationEdit

As part of School District 35 Langley, Aldergove has one high school, Aldergrove Community Secondary School, four elementary schools, and a middle school

Aldergrove Elementary School had been an active school until 2007, when protests since 2005 failed to prevent closure due to running under capacity with 189 pupils in 2006. The school has since been torn down, with a new community center being built in it's place.

Additionally, some high school students in the Aldergrove area attend D.W. Poppy Secondary School, which is outside of the generally recognized area of Aldergrove but still within the Langley Township.[9]

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