Abbotsford, British Columbia, is a year-round destination packed with activities and things to do, including golf, hiking, biking, fishing and more. This city, with its small town feel, is a blend of urban style and country living. You will find sophisticated amenities, including dining and shopping in a landscape of mountain peaks, working farms, and friendly people.
Explore historic downtown Abbotsford
A walk through this eclectic area is a must. You’ll find modern buildings and historic shops. From quaint cafes with hand-baked croissants to charming boutiques and vintage stores. Storeowners are friendly and passionate about the hand-picked and hand-crafted items they sell.
Venture out on a Saturday, early May through December 15 and you can wander the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market. Fresh produce, homemade jams, honey, jewelry and more. Also, it’s a great place to meet local people, and learn more about this beautiful area.
Wineries and breweries
Abbotsford is home to a number of wineries and craft breweries. You can swirl, sip and savour award-winning traditional wine, or experience the less traditional, yet delicious, berry wine or honey mead.
Craft brewing is quickly becoming the norm, rather than a trend, and Abbotsford has no shortage of local breweries producing a wide variety of craft beers. Artisanal beers, created by microbreweries are fresh and unique with many being created from locally grown products. You may even discover your new favourite beer.
This area is also a great place for families. From its smaller, hassle-free airport, where it’s easy to keep an eye on the kids, to loads of outdoor attractions, and fun things to do no matter your age.
Castle Fun Park is a year-round family fun centre with an 18-hole outdoor and two indoor mini-golf courses, a Go Kart track, laser maze, bumper cars and hundreds of other video and skill games.
If you like fresh ice cream, and who doesn’t, tour a dairy farm. EcoDairy works in partnership with Science World and educates as well as entertains on the agri-business of dairy farming. The kids will love interacting with animals, as well as the sweet tastes at the farm fresh ice cream stand.
No fishing licence? No problem. Silverbrook U-Catch Trout has everything you need to experience a day of fishing; including rods, reels, bait and bucket. The 2.5-acre park-like location comes complete with several ponds teeming with fish, so you’re sure to catch at least one. And the best part is that you only pay for what you catch, and you must keep what you catch, so be prepared to clean it too.
There are loads of walking, hiking and biking trails in and around Abbotsford that will get you in touch with nature and provide some amazing scenery. Many are flat, easy-to-walk routes that go along the dykes, such as the Sumas River and Arnold Dyke trails. Discovery Trail is a paved pathway through the community, and it connects the East and West sides of Abbotsford. It’s a great way to explore the area. The trail winds through natural habitat and includes forested areas, ponds, creeks and lush meadows. It’s perfect for walking, running, in-line skating and cycling.
For something a little more challenging, Sumas Mountain is nearby and presents much more challenging hikes, as well as mountain biking opportunities.
Abbotsford is also a great starting point to explore other areas of the Fraser Valley like White Rock on the coast. Plus, it’s only about an hour and a half drive from Vancouver.