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Seabird Island

Seabird Island is a First Nations community comprising 1,700 hectares of land in the naturally stunning Upper Fraser Valley.  Located at the eastern end of British Columbia’s economic engine – the Lower Mainland - Seabird Island is approximately four kilometres (2.5 miles) from Agassiz and 22 kilometres (14 miles) from Chilliwack. The current population is approximately 850 people; however growth estimates forecast a population of 2,100 people by 2030.

Seabird Island is a culturally rich and welcoming community that prides itself on preserving its cultural heritage and capitalizing on its unique physical and natural attributes.

Fast Facts

  • Seabird Island is a First Nations (Canada’s term for Aboriginal or Native American) territory in British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province.
  • The Seabird Island community is well positioned within British Columbia with natural beauty, abundant natural resources, and is a sound agricultural and light industry business sector.
  • Seabird Island is 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) long and includes highly arable land and pristine watersheds.
  • The community core is also adjacent to the Lougheed Highway (Highway 7), a major east-west corridor with direct access through the Lower Mainland and to the coast.

Getting Down to Business

The Seabird Island Band has a strong interest in economic development, particularly if development builds on the community’s desire to honour the traditional principle that economic, environmental and social values come together in a holistic way.

With stunning scenery, fertile agricultural land and available highway commercial and industrial properties for development, Seabird Island is poised to attract new investment in construction industries, manufacturing, food production and processing.  Seabird Island territory is also ideal for the development of eco-tourism, cultural tourism, and accommodation businesses to serve the growing tourism market.

Seabird Island’s First Nations status provides opportunities to create more diversified and innovative business partnerships than most non-First Nations communities.  The community has an established development corporation to respond to investors seeking opportunities to work directly with Seabird Island.

Recreation and Outdoors

Seabird Island is blessed with a temperate climate and a breath-taking natural setting.  The area is ideal for non-motorized boating, fishing, and other water sports.

With an abundance of forests and mountains in the region, hiking and camping are popular activities for tourists and locals alike. 

Arts, Culture and Social Scene

Seabird Island possesses a rich First Nations culture and history which the community continues to celebrate on a daily basis.  Many artists, story-tellers and musicians call Seabird Island home.

Getting to Seabird Island

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Seabird Island Links and Resources

Seabird Island Community Website: www.seabirdisland.ca

Sqéwqel Development Corporation Website: www.sqewqel.ca