Traveling to Abbotsford Has Never Been Easier

Have you been thinking of visiting Abbotsford but haven’t because the journey seemed daunting? Whether you are traveling here by car, transit or plane, arrivals are smoother than you may think. It’s never been easier or more convenient to get to Abbotsford, let us show you how!

Photo Credit: Abbotsford News

Driving Here

Since Abbotsford is easily accessible from the East and West by Highway 1, driving here is a breeze. Tolls have been eliminated on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges, which makes the trip even more affordable. Surprising to some, driving to Abbotsford from downtown Vancouver only takes around an hour! Don’t have a car? Not a problem!

Car sharing services located throughout the Lower Mainland offer daily and overnight rental rates that allow you to drive out the Fraser Valley and beyond. If you’re new to car sharing, simply set up an account online, see where an available car is near to you, and start your trip! EvoZipcar, and Modo all offer full day rates for around $100. Grab some friends for a fun road trip!

Coming from the South? Abbotsford has its own US border crossing at Sumas. Waits are generally minimal and a Nexus lane is also available from 8am-8pm each day. More information on border crossings and wait times can be found at www.cbsa.gc.ca.
 

Flying Here

Abbotsford is also home to an international airport, YXX. Hundreds of flights arrive here each month from across North America. YXX saw 677,653 passengers pass through its gates last year! The Abbotsford International Airport is host to airlines West Jet, Air Canada, Flair, Sunwing, and its newest airline, Swoop, which offers extremely low fares to and from multiple cities in Canada. www.abbotsfordairport.ca

Discover where they fly here
 

Transit

Commuting to Abbotsford by transit is also an affordable and eco-friendly option! Taking the Expo Line SkyTrain from Vancouver, Burnaby or New Westminster to Surrey Central Station will connect you to multiple bus lines running to the Carvolth Park and Ride in Langley. From there, the Fraser Valley Express bus will take you directly to Highstreet Shopping Centre and the McCallum Park and Ride!

For those wanting to experience a classic train ride the West Coast Express runs Monday to Friday from Downtown Vancouver to Mission with stops along the way. Hopping on the #31 bus in Mission will take you directly to Abbotsford! More information about the West Coast Express can be found here.

Looking to arrive by transit from somewhere other than Vancouver? Greyhound Bus Lines service Abbotsford from the Okanagan and Interior as well as Vancouver Island and across Canada. For more information on their routes, visit www.greyhound.ca.


Helpful Links

For help with directions contact us toll-free at 1-888-332-2229 or email at info@tourismabbotsford.ca

Drive BC www.drivebc.com
BC Transit www.bctransit.com
Translink www.translink.ca



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Blooming flowers, buzzing bees, chirping birds…spring has sprung in Abbotsford! As spring in Abbotsford awakens, so do the blossoming buds throughout the city. Enjoy the colourful and fragrant displays of flora in the coming months by checking out these exciting events!
 

Bloom, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival 

April 9th to May 13th, 2018

BC’s only Tulip Trail begins in April, stretching between Bloom, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival and the Tulips of the Valley Festival in Chilliwack. Bloom, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival features a stunning photo worthy field with over 2.5 million colourful tulips. There are over 40 varieties on display as well as a u-pick field and a market to purchase your own bouquet to take home.

Check out Bloom’s website for information on their high bloom and low bloom rates and be sure to pre-purchase your tickets online before arriving. You can also find helpful tips online such as wearing shoes you don’t mind getting muddy and weather updates!

In addition to the tulips, don’t miss the creative photo cut-out boards, food trucks and covered picnic tables, artisan market and children’s play area. This year will also feature a ‘Friends of the Tulip Festival’ promotion which offers Tulip Fest ticket holders exclusive discounts to local businesses and eateries.

Tickets: www.abbotsfordtulipfestival.ticketzone.com
Magic hour passes available that allow access from sunrise until 9am.
Special local resident rate on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Hours: Open daily 9am-7:30pm, weather dependent.

Coming from the Vancouver? Please use exit 104, for Number 3 Road. This will help minimize disruption to locals and help us continue to run Bloom, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival year after year…and gets you here fastest! Click here for Directions

36737 North Parallel Road
Abbotsford, BC
V3G 2H5


90th Annual Bradner Flower Show

April 13th to 15th, 2018

From humble beginnings featuring a few daffodil bulbs to a yearly celebration with hundreds of varieties of daffodils, local winery and craft beer tastings, live music, guest speakers, interesting displays, crafts, art, homemade treats and more! This year will be a special celebration with many surprises to commemorate this extraordinary occasion.

The Bradner Flower Show runs April 13th-15th at the Bradner Hall and Bradner Elementary from 10am-5pm daily. The volunteer-run event costs $2 at the door with free parking at the elementary school and along the roadside. There will be a tea room selling homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts all weekend and barbequed food available on Saturday and Sunday.

Don’t miss the opening ceremony, Friday April 13th at 1pm with the Bradner Elementary Hand Bell Choir, followed by special guest Brian Minter, who will be on hand at 2pm to answer all of your gardening questions. Decorating for this year’s show will be done by the talented and creative floral designers from Simply Perfect Flowers.

For more information visit www.bradnerhall.ca/events.

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6 Must-Try Breakfast Spots

(Photo at Tracycakes Bakery Cafe)

When the craving for a hearty breakfast hits Abbotsford has you covered with a variety of delicious options. From sweet indulgent breakfasts to protein filled day starters there is something for everyone in every neighborhood. Have your own favorite Abby breakfast spot? Let us know in the comments!


Ann Maries CAFE

33771 George Ferguson Way

This classic diner in Historic Downtown Abbotsford serves up more than just burgers and shakes. Their extensive breakfast menu has something for everyone, all served with the comforts of an old school diner. If you’re looking to treat yourself we recommend the pulled pork benny or the cinnamon bun French toast!

Natalie didn't quite get the brunette memo

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Duft & Co. Bakehouse

103, 2636 Montrose Avenue

If you prefer your breakfast quick and sweet, Duft & Co. Bakehouse is the perfect place! This artisanal bakery and café serves up fresh coffee and handmade croissants, muffins and pastries that are baked fresh each morning. Grab some treats to go or enjoy them in a seat by the window for a sweet start to your day. Get there early as popular items can sell out!

LOCAL EATS // Take in the vibe of @DowntownAbbyBC and grab warm drink or fresh pastry while you explore the historic core. 🥐

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O’Neills Home Cooking

2594 Ware St

One of Abbotsford’s best kept secrets, this no frills breakfast spot is known for their amazing breakfast sandwich. Served on a sweet potato bun this classic ham and egg sandwich has turned occasional customers into regulars at O’Neills!

Abbotsford | sweet potato breakfast bun🍠

886 Likes, 2 Comments - TAIPEI EATS (@taipeieats) on Instagram: "Abbotsford | sweet potato breakfast bun🍠"

 

Brambles Bistro at Tanglebank Gardens 

29985 Downes Rd

For a unique brunch experience look no further than Brambles Bistro located in Tanglebank Gardens. This Mt. Lehman gem is known for their farm to table style menu with creative twists on breakfast favorites. Enjoy a delicious meal with a side of beautiful scenery at Brambles!

One of my favourite brunch experiences of 2017 was at a hidden gem in rural Abbotsford. Tanglebank Gardens & Brambles Bistro @tanglebank is a family-owned and operated European inspired garden centre, gift centre and bistro that has been around for over 20 years. @ms.soniako and I enjoyed a few of their popular brunch items: Lavender French Toast and Cultus Lake Corned Beef Hash. We really enjoyed dining on their outdoor patio with views of the garden. Swipe to see more photos! #Media #EatPlayLoveAbby . 

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Common Place Café

33933 Gladys Ave

This quaint café located in the MCC Centre serves up wholesome menu items including some traditional European Mennonite foods as well as new favorites. Enjoy the community atmosphere as you sample from their variety of breakfast menu options. Lots of gluten-free items available too!

Awesome #skillet with tons of #hollandaise. #greatvaluefood

10 Likes, 2 Comments - Jonathan Stiansen (@jonostilla) on Instagram: "Awesome #skillet with tons of #hollandaise. #greatvaluefood"

 

The Farmer’s Table at Lepp Farm Market

33955 Clayburn Rd 

For your weekend breakfast fix try out the Farmer’s Table (weekends only) inside of Lepp Farm Market. Their breakfast items are all made with local Lepp grown ingredients and farm raised meats. Find something you like? Pick up the ingredients in store to try making it at home! 
 

Power is on and we are open! Come by the market today for some hot coffee and a good breakfast - we're serving our full brunch menu until 1pm today! We've got candles, ready-made meals to go, and did we mention coffee? Our phone system is down, so if you have a question ask it here! Stay safe and drive carefully out there!

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Experience the Abbotsford Centre

2018 kicks off a busy year at the Abbotsford Centre, with 9 different shows happening between March and May! Whether you’re a seasoned concert-goer or are hitting your first show this year, read on for our tips on making the most out of your Abbotsford Centre experience!


Upcoming Events

• Johnny Reid | March 3rd, 2018 | 7:00pm
• Santana | March 7th, 2018 | 8:00pm
• Brantley Gilbert | March 10th, 2018 | 7:00pm
• Jeff Dunham | March 11th, 2018 | 3:00pm
• Our Lady Peace & Matthew Good | March 31st, 2018 | 7:00pm
• Rock The Centre feat. Shinedown, In This Moment, One Bad Son | April 6th, 2018 | 7:00pm
• Cirque du Soleil CRYSTAL | April 11th, 2018 | 7:30pm
• Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton | April 16th, 2018 | 7:30pm
• Dirty Dancing | May 3rd, 2018 | 8:00pm


Pre Show Dinner

Start your night off right with a great meal. Abbotsford has tons of great local restaurants to choose from, but for pre-concert dinner and cocktails, we recommend Cactus Club and S & L Restaurant. Both restaurants are in close proximity to the arena and can accommodate large groups, in addition to having great food and drinks. Reservations are recommended, these places can get busy on event nights!

If you prefer to eat at the venue there are a number of concession options to choose from or you can check to see if your event has a dining package available for purchase. Executive chef Craig Macleod creates unique dinner menus tailored to the event served in the Premium Lounge before the show. Information and sample menus can be found on the Abbotsford Centre website.


Craft Beer and Whiskey Lounges

Unique to the Abbotsford Centre is the craft beer and whiskey lounge accompanying select shows. Purchase this addition to your show ticket and enjoy a tasting of local craft beer or select whiskeys before the performance as well as access to the lounge during the show. Local craft beer is also available for purchase on the concourse, making your concert experience in the Fraser Valley extra authentic!


After Party at Townhall Public House

Not ready to go home after the show? Take a taxi over to Townhall Public House where the party continues until 1am. Abbotsford’s first choice for a night on the town, this lively venue often has drink specials and DJ’s spinning hits after an Abbotsford Centre show. Grab a table with your group or hit the dance floor and dance the night away!


Spend the Night

Take the stress out of planning a ride and dealing with parking, stay overnight at one of our great Abbotsford hotels! Front desk staff can organize a cab ride for you to and from the venue so that all you have to do is enjoy your night. Whether or not you choose to spend the night, if you are drinking always ensure that you have a safe ride home.

7 Classic Date Ideas in Abbotsford

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we’ve compiled our list of some of the best classic date ideas in Abbotsford! Whether you’re just friends, newly dating or have been together for years, there is something for every couple to enjoy here in Abbotsford. From Ann Marie’s Café to the Cineplex VIP Theatre and more, read on to find out our top picks!

 

7. Yuk Yuks Comedy Club

Our local comedy club, Yuk Yuks, features tons of great local comedians as well as big names from New York and LA. Grab tickets for a weekend show and get ready for a night full of laughs you and your date won’t soon forget!

not once did i have to use my fake laugh :) #saturdaynight #comedy

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6. Escape Room

See how well you and your date can work together by testing your skills at the Countdown Escape Room in Historic Downtown Abbotsford. Work together to solve puzzles and make it out before time is up! Choose from a range of themed escape rooms and skill levels.

Congratulations to the first group to get out of our new room, Inferno 2.0! Can you solve the murder mystery? Book now to find out!

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5. Romantic Eats

Not into dinner and drinks? Cozy up with coffee and delicious dessert at Afterthoughts! Share a slice of one of their many varieties of cheesecakes baked in-store daily. Or keep the romantic retro vibes alive with diner classics at Ann Marie’s Café! Grab a cozy booth and enjoy some favorites like burgers, chili cheese fries, milkshakes and floats.

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4. Bowling

When was the last time you hit a bowling alley for some fun? Grab another couple and make a team for a throwback date night at Galaxy Bowl! Enjoy some beverages while you compete for the best score; this is one date idea that won’t strike out!

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3. Cineplex VIP

What’s better than dinner and a movie? At the Cineplex VIP theatre in Highstreet Shopping Centre you can have your dinner served to you without ever leaving your seat! In addition to having extra comfy reclining chairs the VIP theatre serves cocktails and is kid-free, so you can fully relax.

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2. Castle Fun Park

Enjoy some friendly competition with your date at Castle Fun Park. The quintessential old school date, Castle Fun Park features games like skeeball, mini golf, bumper cars and more. Win tickets on arcade games and redeem them for prizes that will impress any date!

Change of scenery this Monday funday

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1. Boardwalk Cafe and Games

For a classic date idea, head to Boardwalk Cafe & Games in Historic Downtown Abbotsford which features over 300 different games ranging from difficult strategizing to fun party games. For a small $5 cover fee you can take a seat and play as many games as you’d like, for as long as you’d like! They also offer a variety of snacks, beer, and wine for purchase making this a perfect spot for a laid-back date night!

The holidays may be over but the fun must continue! This is the first $2.50 Tuesday of the year and we can't wait to see you. Make a new year's resolution to play more games!

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A romantic weekend itinerary

Although Abbotsford might not be known as the spot to go for a romantic weekend away, we believe that after a few days in the community you’ll have changed your mind. We’ve planned out a weekend itinerary perfect for you and your special someone, whether you prefer relaxing quality time together or a more adventurous rendezvous. Keep reading and get ready to feel the love!

  

Take a Romantic Helicopter Ride with Compass Heli Tours

Think you and your partner have done it all? We bet you haven’t seen the Fraser Valley like this before! Compass Heli Tours is based in Abbotsford and offers a variety of different helicopter adventures. Their trips range from the extreme (exploring ice caves and glacier kayaking) to more romantic options (engagement packages and a wilderness spa experience). Whichever trip you choose you are sure to wow your date and make memories that will last a lifetime!


Stroll through Historic Clayburn Village

For a more laid back date option take a trip back in time at Clayburn Village. This quaint community is located at the foot of Sumas Mountain and offers its visitors a unique view of Abbotsford's past. It’s reminiscent of the turn-of-the-century English village atmosphere of the times, with brick buildings with neat gardens, surrounded by white picket fences.

Stop by the Clayburn Village Store, a country store and tea shop that serves fresh currant scones with local jam; homemade soups, pastries and old-fashioned candies. Make your stay extra romantic with a night at the Clayburn Village Bed & Breakfast, an elegant and charming Victorian style home.

 

  

Wine and Beer Tasting

Sip you way through Abbotsford by visiting one of our amazing wineries or breweries. For the beer lovers, try a flight at Raven’s Brewing, or cozy up by the fire with your better half at Field House Brewing. The Mt. Lehman neighborhood features 3 beautiful wineries in close proximity; as you make your way through Mt. Lehman winery, Seaside Pearl Winery and Singletree Winery you will love intimate tasting experiences and unbeatable views.

After you’ve found a favorite, pick up a bottle (or two!) to take back to your room at Brookside Inn. This luxurious boutique hotel is ranked as Canada’s #1 small hotel on Trip Advisor and is perfect for a lover’s getaway. It features romantic themed rooms and a gourmet breakfast with every stay.


Relax at The Wild Orange Spa

Sometimes all you want to do is be pampered with the one you love. Abbotsford is home to one of the Fraser Valley’s best spas, The Wild Orange Spa. Grab your companion and take in a day of massages, facials and pedicures. Close your eyes and let the serene atmosphere transport you to new levels of relaxation in their couple’s treatment room, or try their famous Vichy shower treatment.  Add a spa lunch to your treatment and wind up your peaceful spa day in the eucalyptus steam room. You’re sure to leave refreshed, rejuvenated and in love!

 

 

Share a Delicious Meal

They say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach so what better way to connect than over some good food? Restaurant 62 is the Fraser Valley’s best farm to table restaurant and offers a captivating dining experience. Enjoy the featured set Valentine’s Day menu offering at a special price, reservations recommended! They say oysters are an aphrodisiac and the best place to get them in town is Bow & Stern in Historic Downtown. A laid-back local favorite, Bow & Stern features fresh seafood and an amazing tap list. Cuddle up at an intimate table for two!



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Day Trip Ideas | Motorcycle Show

Vancouver Motorcycle Show at Tradex

Before you know it summer weather and riding season will be here. Get ready for it now by attending the Vancouver Motorcycle Show at the Tradex on January 19th-21st. Whether you’re a hardcore rider or a recreational enthusiast, a curious fan or just tired of the cold winter weather, the 2018 Vancouver Motorcycle Show has got you covered!

See all the new 2018 motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides, all under one roof. Meet tons of experts, check out the latest gear and apparel, and get all-revved up for your next adventure! 


Day Trip Ideas

The 2018 Vancouver Motorcycle Show isn’t the only stop for motorcycle lovers in Abbotsford, read on to find out where else riders love to go when they’re in town! If the weather cooperates we recommend taking a scenic ride through the rolling hillsides of Mt Lehman. The spectacular views of local farmland will make this a ride to remember, with many vantage points along the way to stop and take in the lush green acreage.
 

Mountainview Harley Davidson at Highstreet 

Just down the road from the Tradex you will find the Fraser Valley’s premier outdoor shopping and dining destination, Highstreet Shopping Centre. Swing by to enjoy some open-air shopping or stop into the Canadian Brewhouse for a pint and a snack. Make sure to check out the Mountainview Harley-Davidson store, which carries a wide range of collectibles, jewelry, watches and the Black Label apparel line.

3122 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC | mountainviewhd.com
 

Beer Tasting at Raven’s Brewing 

After a long ride pull in to Raven’s Brewing for a flight of beer. Raven’s casual tasting room allows you to focus on their delicious beers and the unique stories behind them. We recommend their Oldhand Coffee IPA or the Sumas Mountain Lager for something lighter.

2485 Townline Rd, Abbotsford, BC | ravens.beer
 

Dinner at Brodeurs Bistro

After a full day of motorcycle related activities we’re sure you’ve worked up an appetite!  Brodeurs Bistro on Mt. Lehman Road has you covered with large portions of delicious food. This French Canadian and Creole inspired local favorite serves up dishes like a Montreal smoked meat sandwich and jambalaya all with your choice of one of 28 different sides.

3550 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC | bbistro.ca
 



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Day Trip Ideas | It’s My Wedding Show

The holidays are a time to make memories with your loved ones and for some people that means getting engaged! Whether you are in the starting stages of your wedding planning or gathering the final touches, It’s My Wedding Show is something you won’t want to miss.

As the largest wedding show in the Fraser Valley, It’s My Wedding Show has everything you need to plan your big day. With vendors to suit every budget and style, come out and meet the Fraser Valley’s best wedding experts. This year’s show will be held at Tradex on January 13th & 14th. With can’t miss features like fashion shows, huge prize giveaways and appearances by Monte Durham from TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress it’s a must for any bride!


DAY TRIP IDEAS

We suggest grabbing your girls and making a day out of your trip to Abbotsford; besides, after all that wedding planning, you’re going to need a little fun and relaxation! Here are some ideas for activities to enjoy in Abbotsford after you attend the It’s My Wedding Show.
 



Champagne and Lace

You won’t be able to miss Champagne and Lace as you drive by their gorgeous window displays. As one of the Fraser Valley’s premiere bridal centers, this stop is an absolute must for any bride-to-be. Serving the Fraser Valley since 1986, they offer an amazing selection of gowns, shoes and attire. Pop in for a quick browse or make an appointment for a full bridal consultation.

33811 S Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC | champagneandlace.com

 

Ivana Teahouse

After finding your dream dress, you are only a short walk away from Historic Downtown Abbotsford and Ivana Teahouse! This beautiful space is the perfect place for a quick pit stop while you explore Abbotsford. Enjoy a traditional high tea experience complete with delicious (and Instagrammable) finger sandwiches, scones and cakes.

2626 Montrose Ave, Abbotsford, BC | ivanateahouse.ca
 

Shopping in Historic Downtown

Head down to Essendene and Montrose Avenues where a beautiful shopping district awaits. Visit one of the floral shops like Confetti Floral for arrangement ideas, and check out Montrose + George General Store for a selection of cute clothing and lifestyle products. If home décor is what you’re after, you won’t want to skip Spruce Collective. Create a Pinterest worthy atmosphere at home with their collection of locally curated vintage pieces.

Essendene & Montrose Avenues | downtownabbotsford.ca
 

Local Wineries

Round out your stay in Abbotsford with a trip to the wineries in the Mt. Lehman neighbourhood and cheers to a successful day! Mt Lehman Winery and Singletree Winery both offer an intimate tasting experience and are located only 2 kilometers apart.  Enjoying a glass of wine with the stunning views of the rolling hills as a backdrop is the perfect end to your day in Abbotsford!

Mt Lehman Winery | 5094 Mt Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC | mtlehmanwinery.com
Singletree Winery | 5782 Mt Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC | singletreewinery.com
 



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New Year’s Resolutions in Abby

For many people the New Year is a fresh start, and with that comes the desire to be better. If you made some New Year’s resolutions but aren’t sure how to start crushing your 2018 goals, we can show you some new things to do here in Abbotsford.


Eat Healthy

One of the most popular resolutions for people going into the New Year is to eat better. After a month of holiday dinners, boxes of chocolates and maybe a bit too much rum and eggnog, it’s time to get back to basics. Abbotsford has you covered when it comes to eating right in the New Year!



A visit to Nature’s Pickin’s Market or Lepp Farm Market for fresh, locally grown produce will get your 2018 meal prep off to a good start. And you can’t forget the protein! Stop by Neufeld Farms Market for a variety of free run and hormone free poultry to round out your meal.

If you’re just too busy to cook a healthy meal, don’t hit the drive thru! Harvest Grill ‘n’ Greens is serving up quick, healthy and delicious meals in Historic Downtown Abbotsford. We recommend the spinach salad with wild Coho salmon for a nutritious and balanced meal.


Exercise More

So, you have the healthy eating down but now you want to up your fitness game? Abbotsford’s got that too!



Don’t let the rainy weather stop you from getting some exercise. Get Air Abbotsford offers a fun new way to workout inside. Spend an afternoon jumping on trampolines, playing dodgeball or diving in the foam pit. You’re sure to get your blood flowing and heart pumping!

If you’re ready to brave the outdoors you can hit up one of the many hikes and trails in Abbotsford! Matsqui Trail is great for walking, running, and biking with scenic views of the Fraser River. Discovery Trail is another great trail through the city, and is suitable for all fitness levels. 


Try Something New

Maybe this year you’ve decided to try something new, pick up a new hobby, or simply watch less Netflix. We hear you!

Get your arts and culture on by visiting an exhibit at The Reach Gallery Museum. Their latest exhibitions Search by Image and Salt Water Skin Boats open on January 18th. Or why not enjoy some live theatre presented by Gallery 7 Theatre & Performing Arts Society? Their adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Doubt” runs through January and February at the Abbotsford Community Arts Addition.



Perhaps testing out virtual reality could be your new hobby? The newly opened VRKADE is BC’s largest virtual reality arcade. Grab some friends and try out their huge variety of games. Stop in for a free demo and you’ll be hooked!
 


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Seasonal Sips to Try this Winter

Escape the chill and sip your way into the season with these suggested warmers. From hot mulled apple cider and spiced honey meads to hot chocolate porter and a fir tips brew, you’ll be loving the winter vibes in Abbotsford.

Brew

Bring a blanket, come hungry, and get ready to get cozy at our local breweries. At Field House Brewing, enjoy the latest Toasted Coconut Black Lager and brewhouse-made, farm-to-plate comfort foods. Warm up by a wood-burning fire or take in the cabin décor with sheepskin-covered benches and a heated patio. Launching mid-December, the Good Life Ale will be available – a woodsy beer made with fir tree tips!

Adding to Raven’s Brewing’s seven taps are two new releases -- the Jackdaw, a citrus-rye sour released on November 24th and the, fan-favourite, Hot Chocolate Porter available as of mid-December. A pop-up shop with One Fish Two Fish  is also scheduled for mid-month where fresh oysters and other seafood items are available for sale.
 

Apple Cider

Known as fall’s sweetest harvest, Taves Family Farms’ tree-to-bottle process takes farm-grown apples and creates a 100% natural apple cider. Nothing is added to this non-alcoholic bevvy, but you can mix it with your favourite spirit and mull it with a pinch of clove, cinnamon, and allspice. Or buy it spiced but be sure to serve it steaming hot! Available at stores across the Lower Mainland.


Mead

Mead is the oldest alcoholic drink known to man as was believed to be the drink of the gods. A little unknown fact, second century Romans and Europeans once sought spiced mead as a cure for winter colds but, since the late 1800s and ever since the Swedes first embraced mulled wine as a Christmas tradition, mead has graced many Christmas tables! Try the spiced cranberry or apple, zesty sweet, or dry mead from Campbell’s Gold.  Add honey, brandy, orange rinds, raisins, or simply savour the spicy elixirs as they come.



Field House Brewing | 2281 W Railway St, Abbotsford, BC | fieldhousebrewing.com
Raven’s Brewing Company | 2485 Townline Rd, Abbotsford, BC | ravens.beer
Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery | 2595 Lefeuvre Rd, Abbotsford, BC | bchoney.com
Taves Family Farms | 333 Gladwin Rd, Abbotsford, BC | tavesfamilyfarms.com
Taves is closed for the season, but the cider is available at a store near you.


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