Early settlers in Maple Ridge engaged in forestry and agriculture.
Forestry companies continue to be the largest private-sector employers in the district.
They include Interfor and companies that manufacture building materials, yachts and poles.
Maple Ridge also has several festivals and annual parades, including the Santa Claus Parade & Christmas in the Park, Earth Day celebrations in Memorial Peace Park, Canada Day in Memorial Peace Park, GETI Fest in Memorial Peace Park, Ad Stock Music Festival in Memorial Peace Park, Aboriginal Day celebrations in Memorial Peace Park, The Celebrate the Night Halloween & Fireworks event at Memorial Peace Park, the Caribbean Festival at the Albion Fairgrounds and the one of the longest running agricultural fairs in BC, Country Fest at the fairgrounds.
The two parcels of land in the Kanaka Business Park achieved the highest per acre sale price to date in the area, according to Frontline. The sites have been leveled, graded and zoned for general industrial.
Zoning allows for a variety of uses, including manufacturing, distribution and outside storage.
School trustees, councilors and the mayor are elected on the same ballot for three-year terms. Previous mayors include Gordon Robson, Kathy Morse, Al Hogarth, Bill Hartley, Belle Morse, Carl Durkson, and Ernie Daykin.
In addition, residents of Maple Ridge vote for representatives to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and the Canadian House of Commons. The next Municipal Election will be held in the fall of 2018.