Ryder Lake Community Survey – Summary of results

This survey was targeted to the residents or land owners of Ryder Lake between August 28th and September 13th.  We received 174 responses which seem to be a pretty good representation of new and established residents.    None of the questions were required, some of them were skipped, and others could have multiple answers, i.e. if people would both participate and volunteer.

The charts show the responses to each question and a selection of the comments and suggestions received.  Click here to the view the Ryder Lake Community Survey Results September 19 2020

Many people indicated they were interested in joining or rejoining the two institutes.   Don’t forget to join to be able to vote at the upcoming AGM’s on Wednesday October 7th (WI) and Thursday, October 8th (FI).  Memberships can be purchased on the meeting days.

Ryder Lake Community Survey – August 2020

This survey is for residents or land owners of Ryder Lake.  The deadline for submissions is Sunday, September 13th 2020.   Our aim in creating this survey is to:

  • Help rekindle community spirit and engagement as the COVID-19 lockdown is eased.
  • Provide information on events of interest to residents to aid in future planning of activities at the hall or in the community at large.
  •  Increase awareness of the two institutes that own the Ryder Lake Institutes Hall in advance of the new membership year starting in October.

The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.  Results will be made available to the whole community in chart form, with a synopsis of any comments but without any personally identifying information.   The actual survey forms will be kept confidential.

The RLFI and RLWI are responsible for all costs and maintenance of the hall, and funding for these is generated through memberships, hall rentals, donations and fund raising activities.  Income is being significantly affected by COVID-19 restrictions and the furnace now needs to be urgently replaced. In the past, only one or two fundraising events were needed to raise the approximately $8,000 to $10,000 needed each year, but right now there is a real need for revenue to ensure the hall remains fiscally viable.

It was recommended by Andy Harrington at an RLFI meeting that a survey of the whole community be undertaken to determine interests and encourage participation.   Kathy Bryce, one of the organizers of last years Ryder Lake Ramble, and Peter Whitlock, a long time member and past president of the Farmers Institute volunteered to create and distribute this survey.

The survey can be completed online  or printed and dropped off in the mailbox at 5500 Churchill Parkway, next to the Mt Thom parking lot.

Ryder Lake Ramble – June 15 – 16 2019

Are you interested in a self guided tour of the beautiful community of Ryder Lake?  On June 15 & 16, the residents will be opening their lives up for you to experience. This self-driving tour will take you to some of the highlights on the hill including viewpoints, hobby farms, artisans, home made goodies, flowers and plants.

Tickets will be available in Ryder Lake at 47846 Elk View Rd (1 km up the hill by the forest fire warning sign and waterfall).  Enjoy some home baked goods and lunch on your journey.

Stay tuned for more information!


Welcome to your community!

Welcome to the Ryder Lake Resource site, a guide for residents and visitors who wish to access the talents, services and goods abundantly found throughout Ryder Lake (a community located in rural and mountainous area of Chilliwack, B.C. Canada).

The community of Ryder Lake has traditionally been powered by two organizations:
The Ryder Lake Farmers’ Institute (RFLI) and the Women’s Institute (RLWI).


LOCATION: 49265 Elk View Road (Next to the Fire Hall)

Rental Costs
Members of either Institute who have been in good standing for one year receive a considerable discount.
For rental information and availability, contact:
Kelly Maydiniuk:
Cell: 604-703-6498

The Hall is jointly owned by the Ryder Lake Farmers’ Institute and the Ryder Lake Women’s Institute and was originally built in 1934 with donated materials and volunteer labour. The current building was built in 1963.

 There is a Ryder Lake Hall Committee comprised equally of RLFI and RLWI members that is responsible for Hall maintenance and renovations. A rental manager takes care of  Hall bookings and a care taking takes care of operations. 

Ryder Lake Hall is available for rent to members of the public. The hall is equipped with tables and chairs, a full kitchen, and a stage with sound system.  

*Hall equipment, such as Farmers’ Institute tables and chairs, can be borrowed by members as well. There are also five 10×10 tents owned by the RLFI that can be rented for $20 a day.

To check availability or to book the Hall, contact Kelly Maydiniuk: 604-703-6498 or beelieveinyourdreams@hotmail.com.

If there are any issues with the hall, please contact the caretaker:
Al Reason: cell 778-707-1971  rlfipresident@gmail.com


All residents are encouraged to join one or both of the Institutes to help shape the community and keep up to date. Both groups organize and put on events at the Hall throughout the year.  Fundraising activities support the maintenance of the hall.

Ryder Lake Women’s Institute
Meetings occur in the mornings, the first Wednesday of the month except in July and August.
Annual membership: $40
Membership contact: rlwiinfo@gmail.com
For links to the website, visit the BCWI: bcwi@bcwi.ca

Ryder Lake Farmer’s Institute
Current President: Al Reason (Past President: Peter Whitlock)
Vice President: Tim Lawrence
Treasurer: Laurie Hirschman
Secretary: vacant
Director: Sonja Wykpis
Director: Darren Stollings

Meetings occur every second Thursday of the month at 7:00pm at the hall.
Annual membership: $10 a person or $20 per household.
Membership contact: Laurie Hirschman: hirschmanhouse@telus.net or 604-858-3147.


Many Ryder Lake community events are held throughout the year. The following events are open to all Ryder Lake residents (and some to the public) and provide opportunities to meet neighbours and have fun.

  • Pot Luck Dinners and other events (ad hoc)  
  • Name That Tune fundraiser (May)
  • Ryder Lake Ramble (2nd weekend in June): a farm, garden tour and plant sale
  • Country Fair and Dew Worm Races (July)
  • Flea Market (August)
  • Christmas Craft Fair (December)
  • Breakfast with Santa for the kids (December)

Watch for the announcements on Facebook  or see dates under the “upcoming events” tab.

Kids Club

Bring your kids to the hall for fun activities and to meet other kids in the community. Our intention is for all the kids to get to know each other, and of course for their parents and caregivers to socialize as well (nice try, no dropping off kids and running to get some quiet time…). These events are open to all ages – you can decide whether the activity is suited for your child. Unless otherwise stated, the events are free for Ryder Lake kids! Activities are posted on Facebook or under upcoming events on this site.  For more information, contact:  Jody Whalley: jody73is@gmail.com

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Community Resources

Picture: Ryder Lake. Source: Tim Epp, Eppic Photography www.eppicphotography.com

What you need to know when you live in Ryder Lake

Keeping in Touch

There are two Facebook pages for our community.  

Ryder Lake Friends and Family  –  https://www.facebook.com/groups/Ryderlake/.  This group also has a message group for road issues/closures.

Ryder Lake – www.facebook.com/groups/1552329255006901/

To join an email group that serves to issue notices, be on the look out for (BOLOs), and other community notifications, email Peter Whitlock at  whitlock@one-name.org.

Survive Resources
To get you through the day-to-day living on the mountain, including utilities and emergency services.

Police / RCMP

In an emergency always dial 9-1-1. Keep in mind that dispatch is now done out of E-Comm in Surrey so complaint takers/operators are not familiar with our area.  They will usually ask for a cross street. 
To report non-emergency activity, call Chilliwack RCMP Report Desk

If this is a matter that would serve the community to know about, such as property crime, please copy by email whitlock@one-name.org so that Peter Whitlock can let the community know. 

Internet Service Providers

With a dearth of high speed internet providers in RL, some alternatives are available, although not all options are available in all areas.

There is much discussion on the utility of each of the ISPs on Facebook.  Search internet on each of them to find out more.

Taxis Serving Ryder Lake

Chilliwack Taxi:   604-795-9111
Cheam Taxi: 604-793-4444

Schools (School District 33)

Many areas of Chilliwack have a closed catchment, which means only students who live in the defined area may attend the school.  Almost all schools on the south side are above capacity and have wait lists.  If you are new to the area, do not wait to enrol.

  • Primary (Kindergarten – Grade 5) – Vedder Elementary (Tracy Wagner – Principal)
  • Middle School (Grades 6-8) – Mt. Slesse Middle School  (Greg See – Principal)
  • Middle/High School (Grades 9 – 12) – G.W. Graham (Helen Plummer – Principal)

School Closures

In the event of extreme weather conditions, parents are urged to check the School District website www.sd33.bc.ca or tune into radio stations STAR FM (98.3 FM) or The Drive (89.5 FM), to receive up-to-date information on school closures and information on the buses. Reports will start after 6:00 a.m. and will be repeated often. The information broadcast is directly from the School District. The reports are confirmed and there is no need to call your school, the School District Office or the radio station.

School Buses

Currently, school buses are free for students attending school in their catchment. Students must present a valid bus pass when boarding a school bus and all riders must register each year. General information on bus transportation and registration may be found on the Transportation website www.sd33.bc.ca/district-transportation or by calling 604-792-1255.

Garbage, Compost, and Recycling Pickup

“Garbage” day in Ryder Lake is Tuesday and Emterra requests that your garbage is to the curb by 7:00am.  Residents are advised not to put garbage out the night before due to the animal population in the area. Recycling must be in a container with a lid with an approved “We Recycle” sticker or in a blue bag.

Mandatory composting & Recycling is in effect.  Both are picked up every week, where as garbage is collected every second week (with a limit of two cans per pick-up).  There is a great app that reminds you of what is being picked up and when.  Go to the app store and search Chilliwack Collect. 

Missed Pickup?  Call 604-795-7795

General inquiries: City of Chilliwack Engineering Dept. 604-793-2907

BC Hydro Power Outages

Check the BC Hydro outage map (link below) to see if they already know that your power is out. If your outage isn’t listed, call 1 888 POWERON (1 888 769 3766) or *49376 on your mobile phone to report the outage.


There is a City bulk water distribution kiosk on Bailey road. Residents must submit an application to City of Chilliwack Public Works. You will obtain an access code and will need a tank and hoses to fill up.  www.chilliwack.ca/main/page.cfm?id=2172

Wildlife Conservancy

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) is a public safety provider focused on natural resource law enforcement and human wildlife conflicts prevention and response.

  • To report a conflict with wildlife that threatens public safety call 1-877-952-7277
  • To report an environmental violation or poaching call 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) or use this online form to file a report

Dead Animal/Road Kill Removal

We live in an area with deer, bears, raccoon, cougars, bobcats, and many other types of wildlife. Please do not leave food or garbage accessible to animals as it will attract animals.

From the SPCA’s website:

Most wild animals can be disposed of in the garbage or buried.

If you find a bird that is a crow or raptor during the summer mosquito season, please contact your regional health authority as the birds may be tested for West Nile Virus Research. You can report the dead bird directly to the BC Centre for Disease Control using an online form. This website also has information on how to dispose of dead birds. If the bird has a leg band you can contact the Ministry of Environment at 1-866-431-BIRD (2473) to determine if there is an agency studying this species.

For wildlife killed on roads, please contact the local municipality where the incident has occurred. Highway crews or contractors will be notified to pick up the body. This is important to do as soon as possible avoid secondary kill – where predators like raptors and bears will come to eat the road kill and end up being hit by another vehicle.

Injured or Orphaned Wildlife

Contact the BC SPCA’s Provincial Cruelty and Wildlife hotline 1-855-6BC-SPCA (1-855-622-7722) for advice on all wildlife situations and to find a local wildlife rehabilitation centre.

BC SPCA branches, do not rehabilitate wildlife but can provide humane euthanasia for a suffering animal. A local veterinarian may also be able provide assistance although many do not have experience with wildlife. Chilliwack RCMP (604-792-4611) or the Conservation Officer Service should be contacted when adult deer/elk/moose/bear are injured on roads.

Thrive Resources
To enhance the quality of life, make your days easier and add joy to your existence.

Food Delivery to Ryder Lake

Ryder Lake History Book – Ryder Lake: The Place, The People by Bea Mazurenko

Learn all about the history and people of the community in which you live. To obtain a copy, contact Bea Mazurenko at 604-858-4511 or visit the Chilliwack Museum www.chilliwackmuseum.ca.

Frogs & Toads!

Every spring, thousands of Western toadlets migrate from the wetland across our roads to the forest. Western toads spend most of their lives in woodland habitat but migrate to and from wetlands for breeding. In Ryder Lake, Western toads, Red-legged frogs, Pacific Chorus frogs, Long-toed salamanders, Northwestern salamanders, and Roughskin newts are all found crossing and being killed on roads surrounding local breeding ponds. In June 2015 a permanent amphibian crossing was installed on Elk View between Ryder Lake Rd and Huston Rd. Please help protect our toads and take alternate routes when you see the signs. The toadlets are very tiny so you won’t see them when you are driving.


The RLFI awards a $500 Bursary to a young person graduating from high school for post-secondary education or training.
Criteria for consideration of the bursary:

  • you must be a resident of Ryder Lake
  • preference given to students who are active with 4-H or in the farming community

Applications available through local high schools or contact Dorothy Bendsen at landvleader@hotmail.com, phone: 604-858-4162.

Ryder Lake Web-Cam (at the Ryder Lake Fire Hall)

Check out the weather, see what is happening on the roads or what critters  are in the area. www.chilliwack.com/cameras

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