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Community Profile: Aldergrove Is Revved Up For the Future

Even the rain could not keep the classic car enthusiasts away.

Cruise-In Car ShowThousands of people from across the Lower Mainland and beyond attended the Langley Good Times Cruise-In car show in Aldergrove in September. Held in this neighbourhood for the first time ever, the car show – one of the largest annual car shows in Canada – featured a swap meet and car corral as well as live music. Net proceeds of the event went to several local charities including Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association and Langley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

The Aldergrove Business Association was pleased to welcome the event, which had moved from its previous home in Langley City. “Many businesses seemed very busy the day of the Cruise-In, and that’s a great thing for aldergrove,” said Rob Wilson, president of the Aldergrove Business Association (ABA). “We’ll be surveying our members to provide us with insights into the impacts the event had on business in our town.”

The ABA is a non-profit association of local businesses that supports local businesses and its community by encouraging residents to shop local, liaising with various levels of government, and sponsoring various community events, initiatives and activities.

Last year, the Township conducted a business walk in Aldergrove, with the help of the ABA. The walk is a business retention and expansion activity that various municipalities employ across the country to get a sense of the business climate in their community. Several members of council, Township staff, along with local business leaders walked from business to business in Aldergrove last October to chat with business owners and operators to hear how business was going, what could be done better, and share resources available to small businesses.

With a population of more than 12,000, Aldergrove combines rural, residential and business life on the Township’s eastern border neighbouring Abbotsford. It’s home to the new Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre, set to open next summer, which will house an ice arena, recreation complex, and outdoor aquatic facility.

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