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3 Craft Breweries to visit this Fall

Reputable breweries all over BC are pumping out liquid gold, but it’s the smaller towns where you’ll find the diamonds. These hidden gems in Abbotsford are crafting memorable, multi-dimensional beers and we asked the brewmasters what they'd recommend you try!

Make a day out of your valley visit - designate a driver and be prepared to come home with a trunk full of growlers!
 



FIELD HOUSE BREWING co. 

Field House is all about the vibes, marrying good beer and fun times. Brews are carefully-crafted and you have ten taps to choose from. They also offer craft cider, local wine, local Kombucha on tap, and cold-pressed juice. Walk into a tasting room stirring nostalgia as you inhale the fragrant wood-burning fireplace, a community table, and a growler-fill station -- guests walk away with more friends than what they came in with.

Their Canteen takes it beyond farm-to-plate with the Field House crew, actually, growing and harvesting their own produce. Everything is made on site with a seasonal menu consisting of the favourite 'Faspa Board', flatbread pizza, tacos, and comfort classics like Grilled Cheese, Mac ‘N Cheese, and soups. 


 

WHAT TO TRY

Fresh Hop Sartori Sour IPA
The team’s own hands harvested these Columbia Hop Cones straight from the Sartori Hop Ranch in Columbia Valley, and met the Sour Red IPA, infusing fresh earthy flavours. fruity melon, and tangy citrus, nestled in a tart IPA.

Field Saison
One of Field House’s originals, inspired by the fields and seasons of the Fraser Valley –the saison is a floral and sessionable Belgian-style Table Beer with hints of pepper, citrus, and clove.

Wild Riesling Ale, Beer and Wine Hybrid
West Coast Riesling grapes are smashed into a tart Farmhouse and aged on wild yeast with traditionally used Elderflower and Sweet Woodruff, yielding an eccentric slant on the time-rooted German Mai Wine.

 



RAVENS BREWING COMPANY

Located minutes off the highway, the bright and airy tasting room welcomes you. With communal tables and bar seating, there are plenty of seating options around to enjoy your beer. Ravens creates approachable beers, while honouring the ingredients that make it great, and collaborates with local businesses to develop their products -- from hops, strawberry, and raspberry farmers to coffee and bake shops and chocolatiers.

Choose from seven beers on tap and four core beers -- English Dark Mild, West Coast Pale Ale which uses Abbotsford-grown hops, India Pale Ale (IPA), and Sumas Mountain Lager. Rotating seasonal offerings and one-off experimental releases range from a Dry Irish Stout to a Rhubarb Strawberry Sour.

What to Try

Dry Irish Stout
Where dark-roasted flavours dominate. A well-balanced stout with hints of a crisp bitterness, espresso, and chocolate. Pair your beer with samosas from a local restaurant or fresh popcorn from Ravens’ tabletop popcorn machine.

Sunset Wheat Ale
A balance of citrus, hops, and clove, the Sunset Wheat Ale is a sweet addition to Raven’s flight line-up. Best served on its own or paired with seafood.

IPA
This India Pale Ale is brewed with the sole purpose of celebrating the hops. Tropical fruit, citrus, and pine are at the forefront as the aromas and flavours balance a firm bitterness with light body.
 



OLD ABBEY ALES

Old Abbey Ales has up to 25 beers on tap! The spacious, industrial-style tasting room offers Belgian-style ale styles with a Belgian Tripel, Tripel IPA, and Quad. The Innovation Series includes selections such as Dank Tank Double IPA, Portrait Thief Amber Ale, and Old Abbey Ales’ signature Sour Raspberry.

Old Abbey Ales also supports buying local by incorporating fresh and local ingredients including berries and hops from Abby farms. Pair with Old Abbey Ales’ brewery-made charcuterie board, hummus and crackers, nachos, tandoori chicken bites, and mini pizzas. You can also order a glass of red or white wine, even French-pressed coffee.
 

What to Try

Coastal IPA
Rusty, orange colour with aromas of orange zest and pepper. The flavour is a blend of caramel and honey, offset by bitter citrus fruit, creating a sessionable IPA.

Sour Raspberry
The perfect balance of ripe, red raspberry, and sour tang. Juicy, fresh fruit, and lactic sourness harmonize to create a crisp and refreshing beer.

Purple Draank
Blueberry flavours dominate this fruity sour with just a hint of raspberry.
 


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Abby Hops - From Farm to Brewery

The fields in Sumas Prairie are budding with rows of vibrant, green hops to accommodate an exploding craft beer industry. Before the craft beer scene, decades ago, hop fields covered the Fraser Valley, but due to low demand, the hop crops were replaced. 

Today, they have come back full circle and are even celebrated at festivals like BC Hop Fest. Abbotsford’s climate with fertile soil and gentle breezes makes it one of the best hop-growing environments in the Pacific Northwest. See this short clip on how hops are harvested, right in time for the BC Hop Festival.
 

The Hop History

From 1902-1950, the BC Hop Co. operated over 300 acres of hop yards in the Fraser Valley. This rich history was what prompted a conversation between brewery owner, Paul Sweeting of Ravens Brewing Company, and local entrepreneurs Dwayne and Diane Stewart in 2014. Sweeting was looking for a place to grow hops, for his upcoming craft brewery which opened in 2015, and Stewart was looking for a way to generate new revenue for his family farm.

The first hop yards were installed in spring of 2015 and a modernized BC Hop Company was born. The entire processing plant was completed just in time for harvest in 2016. In collaboration with partner farmers, BC Hop Co. harvests and processes Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Cashmere and, the newly released –Lumberjack -- varieties.

“We recognized, early in our business development, that quality was fundamental to everything we would be doing. BC brewmasters are discriminating and demand the highest quality for the ingredients they use in their beer. We have been working hard with the amazing BC brewer community to bring more high quality BC-grown hops to every beer in BC, while helping to preserve family farms," states Dwayne Stewart, Owner of BC Hop Co. and founder of the BC Hop Festival.

Ravens Brewing Company is now using Abbotsford-grown and harvested hops! One of the first beers ever produced was Ravens’ West Coast Pale Ale, creating a strong, malty beer before adding a generous amount of Centennial and Cascade hops.  This hop-forward approach showcases some of the best hops that Abby has to offer.

“Raven’s Brewing is founded on creating approachable beers for our community while honouring the ingredients that make great beer. We celebrate Abbotsford whether it’s our Heritage Series with branded labels sharing Abby’s heritage or working with community partners to develop our products, from hop, strawberry, and raspberry farmers to coffee and bake shops and chocolatiers,” says owner, Paul Sweeting.

Examples include the Raspberry Hefeweizen, Coffee IPA showcasing BC-roasted coffee in a strong India Pale Ale, and a Hot Chocolate Porter featuring cocoa nibs sourced from ChocolaTas.

While Abby has always been proud of being a strong agricultural hub and sharing farm-to-table stories, it’s clear that our farm-to-brewery movement is just getting started.
 

Photo Credit for photos 1 - 4 to BC Hop Co. 


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Top 5 Harvest Experiences



Fresh-pressed apple cider, harvested hops, and crisp breezes are all signs that fall HARVEST has arrived in abbotsford. 

Let’s add vibrant pumpkin patches, local apple orchards, and a beer-tasting corn maze. While most destinations are family-friendly, a few activities are better suited for the adult kid in us. Come prepared. Bring shoes and pants you can get dirty. And, don't forget to layer! Looking for lunch spot along the way? Check out our local eats page to plan your fill up stop.  
 

1. Abby Roadside

Back for its second year, Abby Roadside is a family and dog-friendly harvest social. Designed for adults, but with something for everyone.

  • 3 corn mazes including BC’s first beer-tasting corn maze
  • Snack shack, food trucks & beer garden
  • Doggie bar & photo booth
  • Kids zone & apple cannons
  • Duck races, tether ball, bean bag toss, sandbox, jump pad, slack line, x&o tables, and potato sack races.

Hours & Admission: Sept. 16 to Oct.15 every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. $8 for 3 -18 years, and $18 for 19 plus. Free for children 2 and under and they have family passes available. Website 

 

2. Taves Family Farms Applebarn

For almost three decades, Taves Applebarn has been hosting people, of all ages, from across the Lower Mainland. 

  • U-Pick 8 varieties of apples
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Watch and try cold-pressed apple cider being made
  • Corn quest maze, hay rides, pony rides, pedal karts, jumping pillows, petting barn, farmville, bee observatory, and more.
  • Autumn eats like pumpkin-spiced lattés, caramel apples, 100% natural apple cider slushies, and farm-fresh roasted corn. 

Hours & Admission: Open daily, 9 am to 5:30 pm. Free admission to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch. $9.75 for 3-17 years and $6.75 18 plus, includes most attractions and it's free for children 2 and under. Website

 

3. Maan Farms country experience

Be sure to ask about their award-winning fruit wines and Mama Maan’s famous butter chicken samosas and farm-made fudge.

• The Fraser Valley's scariest Haunted Corn Maze
• Pumpkin Patch and regular corn maze 
• Pedal Karts and petting zoo, you can’t leave without holding a baby goat!
• Wine tasting in the Estate Winery
• Mama Maan’s Country Kitchen

Hours & Admission: Open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. Free for children 2 and under. Day, Family, and Season’s Passes available check their website for pricing.

 

4. Willow View Farms

This family-owned and operated farm is a quiet and quaint farm with 14 varieties of apples to U-Pick. Did we mention plums and pears too? 

• U-Pick a large variety of apples, plums, and pears.
• Pumpkin patch
• Home of the annual Farmer vs. Farmer’s wife giant pumpkin growing contest
• Hayrides through the orchard

Hours & Admission: Free Admission. Open Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5:30 pm. *There is no access to the yard, playground or animal barn at this time. You can visit the goats and sheep in their outside pasture. Website 

 

5. Hops HARVEST

A bustling craft beer scene means demand for local hops. The Fraser Valley was once a hoppin’ playground and is coming full circle.  

BC Hop Co. works with our farmers, using modern innovation to process and distribute a standard of excellence that the Fraser Valley is known for. To celebrate our local fresh hop harvesting, The BC Hop Festival is taking place on September 30th this year.
 



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Eat, Play, Love Abby: Family Friendly Adventure!



This fun filled itinerary is loaded with family friendly experiences that will have your children sharing memories for years to come.

If you’re heading from the west, start with the award-winning Campbells Gold Honey Farm and Meadery in Mt. Lehman and end the day swinging and sliding at Delair Park. If you’re starting from the east, begin the morning with a playful workout at Delair Park before entertaining the kids with educational ‘Did You Know’s’ and farm-to-plate goodness.
 

Campbells Gold Honey Farm and Meadery

The ‘busy bees’ create a honey-sweet experience! Owners, Judy and Mike, love meeting new people and teaching their guests everything there is to know about bees, how they communicate, and what they produce.

You can sample honeys and go home with a bottle of mead (honey wine), or beeswax ointments and tinctures, honey soaps, beeswax & honey creams, and other unique gifts! The honey sticks are a perfect treat for kids and if you ask nicely, you might even be able to put your hand in a buzzing bee hive!
 

Eco Dairy in Partnership with Science World

As agricultural advocates, EcoDairy is the first demonstration farm of its kind in Canada! Offering a highly interactive learning environment, the EcoDairy experience has been developed in partnership with Science World.

Test your skills at milking a cow, take a journey through a cow's digestive system, learn how they use cow manure to power the farm, and experience cow-comfort on the cow bed. Meet the Vitala Cows face-to-face and see Robbie, the Robotic Milker, go at it.
 

Maan Farms Country Experience

Known for growing raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries, Maan’s U-Pick fields offer the authentic berry-picking experience. Take a break and pedal go-kart on the race track, run around the playground, zip-line over the farm, and pet the sweet barn animals.

In the fall, add the corn maze and pumpkin patch. Little treat for mom and dad--don’t forget to stop by the tasting room on the way out and sample some award-winning wines. 
 

LUNCH SPOTS

By this time, we guarantee that the kids will be starving and in need of a recharge. Our recommended lunchspots are Maan Farms Kitchen and Anne Marie’s Café. Maan Farms Country Kitchen offers home-cooked local food and fresh baking every day.

Anne Marie’s is a ‘blast from the past’ with the nostalgic 1950s ambiance. The menu is loaded with traditional favourites like chili fries, loaded burgers, and creamy milkshakes while the walls and a classic jukebox whisper tales from long ago.



You can’t leave the area before stopping for a farm-fresh ice cream cone at Birchwood Dairy. But we warn you, with over 50 flavours, the kids might not want to leave.

Abbotsford is full of great parks, but Delair Park is closest and full of green spaces, playgrounds, and welcoming picnic spots. Bring tennis rackets and enjoy a late afternoon game at the tennis court or you might catch the start of a baseball or soccer game. Did we mention that the Highway #1 is only a quick 3-minute drive away?
 


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Eat, Play, Love Abby: Calling all Foodies and Wine Lovers



Spend the day in Abby as you eat, play, and love your way throughout the city. This jam-packed itinerary is loaded with authentic farm-to-table, arts and culture, and natural experiences designed to impress even the most seasoned foodie and experiential day-tripper.
 

Brunch Bites

At Brambles Bistro, brunch is more than just a meal-- it’s food for all your senses. You’ll find yourself seated in a tranquil, garden setting as you choose from farm-fresh entrées, such as the Citrus French Toast and Duck Confit Panini.

Be prepared for a crowd as the place is always full, but we promise that the food is well worth the short wait. Be sure to explore the European-inspired Tanglebank Gardens and gift store, filled with hand-made creations. Before you know it, your table will be ready!


 

Afternoon Sips and Savours

There’s no better way to spend an afternoon than by sampling some of Abbotsford’s locally-produced wines. The Fraser Valley’s agricultural history and rich terroir serves as an ideal location for growing premium grapes.

Mt. Lehman’s newest winery unites old-world charm with new-world convenience. Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery’s iconic Chapel Tasting Room is surrounded by rolling fields and picturesque country roads, and invites to bring a picnic to be enjoyed patio-style. Or, listen to the winemaker’s stories as you sample Reserve Petit Verdot, Pinot Gris, Red Blend, and a sparkling white straight from the barrel.

Singletree Winery’s heritage estate specializes in growing cool-climate varietals like the Siegerrebe and Gruner Veltliner. Be sure to visit the picnic area and pair locally smoked meats, artisan cheese, and other seasonal selections.

Before leaving the Mt. Lehman area, a must-visit is Mt. Lehman Cheese where the owner, and cheesemaker, Jason Dykstra specializes in goat and buffalo cheese, preparing edible works of art!  Ask about the Matsqui Goat Cheddar, Mt. Lehman Tomme, and Fraser Valley Goat Feta.
 

More Must Have Eats and Cultural Treats

Kickstart the second half of your day by nurturing your soul with a visit to The Reach Gallery Museum. The Reach is a centre of cultural and creative innovation, a platform for excellence in visual arts, and a monument to Abbotsford’s diverse heritage while showcasing rising talent from across Canada.

Featured exhibitions include Ready Player Two, Jim Adams: The Irretrievable Moment, and Ericka Walker: The Great Experiment.

Now, a pick-me-up from Abbotsford’s newest bakery is in order. True to most of Abbotsford’s foodie hotspots, The Polly Fox Bakery bakes and brews with only locally-sourced ingredients.

And there’s no need to feel guilty when devouring a double chocolate vegan cookie or a cashew bar made with coconut milk dulce de leche and toasted cashews. Loaded with deliciousness and only lacking unhealthy fillers, Polly Fox specializes in preparing gluten, peanut, and soy-free treats along with freshly-roasted java.

End the evening with a stroll around Abbotsford’s hidden oasis, Mill Lake Park, and indulging in a farm-to-table meal at Restaurant 62 (R62). R62’s talented culinarians pride themselves on using only the freshest ingredients, earning rave reviews throughout the blogosphere.

Starters and sides are designed to be shared and the warm, contemporary interior lends itself to everything from a date night to a meal out with friends.

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Join Us As We Celebrate National Tourism Week


Simply stated, tourism matters.

It matters because it contributes to world citizenship by breaking down barriers, facilitating relationships, fostering connections and the sharing of cultures, and encouraging ambassadorship as people develop a sense of pride within their own communities.

From May 28 to June 3rd, Abbotsford is joining dozens of communities across British Columbia in recognition of National Tourism Week – a grassroots initiative aligning tourism organizations, businesses, and other partners around the common vision of supporting a tourism sector unencumbered by government policies and recognized for its robust contribution to the economy.

On a provincial level, BC’s tourism industry sees approximately 20M visitors each year year, contributing almost $16 billion in revenue to the economy. Locally, Abbotsford’s visitor economy experienced the third year in a row of record growth. Last year alone, the number of overnight visitors, staying in paid accommodations, increased by 7%, generating revenue that was 17% higher. Abbotsford benefitted from an estimated $32-$34M of economic activity.

To celebrate National Tourism Week, Tourism Abbotsford has created a video featuring five people who are immersed in the tourism world and can speak to the cultural value that tourism brings. The emerging themes were internal tourism (pride of community), recognizing our similarities (what we have in common is more prominent than our differences), and expanding our worldview as we engage with others and learn from one another.

“We see an internal tourism where people are proud of Abbotsford and we feel that tourism is how we broaden our sense of the world. Tourism enables us to reflect on commonalities that we have with other groups and we believe it helps to break down prejudices,” says Alyssa Short, Guest Services Manager at Highstreet Shopping Centre.

“Tourism acts as a leveler, highlighting our similarities, and encourages us to cross borders and become brand ambassadors,” states Judy Campbell, Co-owner and Production Manager at Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery.

“Tourists come to meet a new ‘people’ but realize that we have more in common that not,” says Chris Buis, Co-owner of Brookside Inn Boutique Hotel.

“As we host tourists in our community, we see Abbotsford for the first time through their eyes.  It opens the door to diversity, from food to entertainment to landscape, and gives us the power to tell our story to the world—one of community, culture, family, and partnerships,” states Barb Roberts, Special Events and Film Coordinator for the City of Abbotsford.

“Appreciating the beauty of tulips isn’t something that just a certain race or gender can appreciate. I’ll see all ethnicities, age groups, and demographics coming out,” says Alexis Warmerdam, Founder of Bloom, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival.
  
Tourism is a powerful force that not only outpaces outpacing the overall economy, it enhances the amazing lifestyle we enjoy from recreational activity, resorts & restaurants, and wineries & breweries to museums & festivals and experiential adventures. It teaches us to embrace diversity, broaden our perspectives, and celebrate human connection.

From May 28 to June 3, share your favourite experiences with #TourismWeek    #BCTourismMatters

Spring Long Table Dinner at Maan Farms

One of the most beautiful aspects of living in Abbotsford is how our community believes in collaboration over competition. Our Circle Farm Tour partners and local businesses understand that by working together, they better serve our destination and, happily, refer visitors to one another. Abbotsford attracts people due its beautiful farmlands and adventurous, mountain vistas, but also because of the people. The small-town heart remains intact despite the city-vibe that is growing—a rare and inspiring combination.

Abbotsford Long Table Dinner at Maan Farms

Organized by Summer Dhillon of Slap Communications, on May 17th Tourism Abbotsford sponsored a spring-themed farm-to-table longtable dinner, and media and influencers were invited to ‘eat, play, and love’ in our backyard. They started at in Historic Downtown Abbotsford at Spruce Market where Confetti Floral Design and Spruce led the group through a planting workshop. 



Next, was an agricultural celebration at Maan Farms’ new rustic, luxury venue where Spruce Collective and Confetti Floral Design graced the tables with vintage finds and gorgeous, seasonal florals. Valley Weddings added décor throughout the barn, followed by candlelit corners. Circle Farm Tour partners Taves Family Farms, Mt Lehman Cheese Co, Campbell's Gold Honey Farm & Meadery, and Central Park Farms donated their locally grown and produced foods to Restaurant 62, as Chef Jeff Massey prepared a culinary farm to table feast. 

 Ryan McAllister
(Ryan McAllister)

Guitar strums from the talented Ryan McAllister set the mood as we all sipped and savoured wine from Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery and Maan Farms Country Experience & Estate Winery. True to our country nature, the evening ended with marshmallow roasting and cuddling baby goats.



With the goal of sharing our community’s gifts, everyone came together to honour our community, farmland, and entrepreneurial passion. The result was pure magic. 

(Let the dinner begin!)


(Judy Campbell from Campbell's Gold and Honey Farm & Meadery.)


(True Grit lettuces with goat cheese, radishes, pickled rhubarb, candied walnuts, rhubarb vinaigrette. Goat cheese provided by Mt. Lehman Cheese Co.)

 

(Amir Maan from Maan Farms Country Experience & Estate Winery.)


(Whole roasted galantine of chicken, wilted greens, salsa verde. Chicken by Central Park Farms.)


(Lorne Taves from Taves Family Farms)
 

(Charred eggplant purée, roasted peppers, and new potatoes. Eggplant and peppers by Taves Family Farms.)


(Nicolle HodgesChristie Lohr, and Erin Sousa enjoying Seaside Pearl Wines.)


(The outdoor area at Maan Farms is perfect for mingling!)


(Someone let the goats out...)


(Nicolle Hodges and Natalie Langston.)


(Who doesn't love a marshmallow bar?!)


(Amir Maan, Bella Bucchiotti and Kelsey Siemens.)


Photography by: Brooklyn D. Photography 


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Hikes and Walks around Abbotsford, BC

Abbotsford’s natural location nestled between prairies and mountains boasts many interesting walks and hikes for all experience levels. Urban parks and forests are well-maintained and offer easy access for afternoon strolls and picnic lunches. Sumas Mountain presents more challenging terrain for adventure seekers and experienced hikers. Here are six favourite spots for locals and visitors alike.

Photo By: James Lissimore

Chadsey Lake
Also known as Lost Lake, this local favourite is popular for fishing, swimming, and picnicking. The 4.6 kilometre return trip offers several trail options plus a second hike from the lake. This high-elevation experience is for intermediate hikers who don’t mind scrambling up slippery inclines and log steps.

Address: Upper Sumas Mt. Road, Sumas Mountain
What’s nearby: Eastern Valley Lookout Trail, Sumas Mountain Regional Park
What to pack: Hiking boots, layers, snacks, water, bear spray, bug spray, sunscreen, swimsuit, picnic lunch
Dogs: On-leash

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Discovery Trail
Connecting east and west Abbotsford, this extensive trail system (the west section is 32 kilometres and the east section is 30 kilometres) is great for walking, jogging, cycling, and rollerblading. Winding through natural habitats like forests and ponds, the paved interpretive trails allow for exercise, learning, and observing.

Address: The Discovery Trail crosses the city and has many entry/exit points. Download the trail map and plan your journey ahead of time
What to pack: Comfortable shoes, picnic lunch, snacks, water, camera
Dogs: Some off-leash areas
 



Fishtrap Creek Park
Escape the city without leaving it at Fishtrap Creek Park. Developed around Abbotsford’s storm-water system, enjoy the 3.5 kilometre forested hike winding past wetlands and marshes. The paved trails, benches, gazebos, and picnic tables allow people of all ages to enjoy the local flora and fauna and make pit stops along the way. While it’s possible to see backyards and houses in some parts, most of this urban park is well-treed and offers the tranquil sounds of birds singing and frogs croaking.

Address: 31580 Maclure Road, V2T 4K9
Nearby: Ellwood Softball Park, Abbotsford Judo Club, Discovery Trail
What to pack: Comfortable shoes, camera, picnic lunch
Dogs: Some off-leash areas

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Matsqui Trail Regional Park
Enjoy a leisurely six kilometre walk along the Fraser River on the well-groomed trails at Matsqui Trail Regional Park. This flat and low-level hike gives visitors views of riverbanks overlooking Mission, tranquil farmland, and the surrounding Cascade mountains. An inviting picnic area is adjacent to the parking lot.

Address: Trans Canada Trail, Near Fraser River, V3G 1N2
Nearby: Warkentin Organic Farm, Howard Wong Farms, Matsqui Cafe, Lepp Farm Market
What to pack: Comfortable shoes, water, snacks, sunscreen, camera, picnic lunch
Dogs: On-leash

 

Photo By: Mona Lucas

WILLBAND CREEK PARK TRAIL
Perfect for birders, this flat 2.6 kilometre looped trail begins from the parking lot and circles two retention ponds. Features include beautiful prairie views with mountain ranges in back, urban wetlands (139 different bird species have been seen at this site), parking lot, and picnic area. One part of the trail parallels Highway 11 so expect some noise from fast-moving traffic.

Address: 34350 Bateman Road, V2S 8E9
Nearby: Westberry Farms, Clayburn Village, Lepp Farm Market
What to pack: Comfortable shoes, binoculars, camera, picnic lunch
Dogs: On-leash

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Mill Lake Park
Located in central Abbotsford, there’s something for everyone at Mill Lake. Enjoy the flat, paved 2.3 kilometre trail circling the lake at your own pace, taking in the variety of waterfowl and migratory birds and spectacular view of Mt. Baker. Pack a lunch and enjoy a spot by the spray park, playground, or in one of the many quiet picnic areas.

Address: 2310 Emerson Street, Mill Lake, V2T 3N8
Nearby: Kariton Art Gallery, Trethewey House Heritage Site Museum, Sevenoaks Shopping Centre
What to pack: Comfortable shoes, swimming suits for children, picnic lunch, sunscreen
Dogs: On-leash


Written by: Robyn Roste


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Abbotsford Welcomes Jane’s Walk: A Walking Conversation

From May 5 to 7th, Abbotsford welcomes Jane’s Walks-- multiple walking tours centred around the arts, food and culture, and architecture and neighbourhood change. 

Inspired by a woman named Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walks are designed to celebrate evolving neighbourhoods while engaging in discussion about community-based city building.

A little about Jane…Jane was not a trained city planner, but she was a concerned citizen who spent time observing city life. She formulated theories about what makes a city an amazing place to live, believed in walkable neighbourhoods and urban literacy, and championed the voices of local residents.

After passing away in 2006, a group of her friends decided to honour her by continuing her legacy and founding Jane’s Walk. Jane’s book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, positions her passion best with this impactful statement.

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”

Free of charge, Tourism Abbotsford encourages everyone to join one of these inspirational walks, to explore new backyards, and meet some friendly faces. Better yet, to get involved and lead a new walk! Last year, over 1,000 walks took place in 212 cities, 36 countries, and 6 continents. 


May 5: Sketching Walk
The Sketching Walk will be led by Pat Maertz who is passionate about the arts, a member of local arts organizations and clubs, and leads a Saturday morning urban sketching group.
Time:   11:30 am to 12:30 pm

This easy, short walk (less than .5 km) is comprised of three to four locations (Trethewey House followed by Lakeside View, Kariton Art Gallery, and the Floating Boardwalk). Basic sketching material is provided, or participants may bring their own. Locations will be adapted according to the weather, and appropriate attire is recommended.


May 6: Food and Culture Walk
The Food and Culture Walk is led by UFV student, Sarah Speight.
Time:  1:30 am to 2:30 am

Designed to answer the questions, “How does local culture influence the food produced by international restaurants? And “How do international foods and culture influence the local foods that we produce?” It starts at Happy Hour Bubble Tea followed by a walk around Historic Downtown.


May 7:  Mid Century Modern and Changing Times
The Mid Century Modern and Changing Times Walk is led by urban historian, Marianne Fedori, and, homeowners, Aline Auger and Nova and Devin Hopkins.
Time:  1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

This is an informal walk designed to explore mid-century architecture, residential patterns, and neighbourhood change. Participants will discover some of Abbotsford's 1950s and 1960s’ cutting-edge residences, learn how new infill developments are leading to change, and how Abbotsford might best address the needs of increased density while preserving the context of an established neighbourhood. Photo Credit: Jane's Walk Abbotsford.

To kick-off Jane's Walk, there is a launch celebration planned for May 5th, from 11:00am – 1:00pm at Mill Lake Park.

To keep up to date on upcoming walks in your neighbourhood, follow Janes Walk at @janeswalkabby and tag your photos with #JanesWalkAbby.


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Spring Bucket List

The birds are chirpin’, the tulips are bloomin’, and Abbotsford is filled with all those smells, tastes, and sounds of the season. Tick the best of Spring off your Abbotsford Bucket List! Share your adventures along the way with #AbbyBucketList. 
 

See the Fields of tulips (and get your insta photo) at Bloom, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival.

Photo Credit: Bloom, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival

 

Stock up on British candy at the Clayburn Village Store. 

 

Grab a flight of beer at Field House Brewing Co. 
Photo Credit:  Luke Liable



Take a walk around Mill Lake Park. 
Photo Credit: Mona Lucas Photography



Try running for a cause in the Run for Water.

 

Taste a variety of local wines or have a picnic at SingleTree Winery. 

 

Make a new friend at the Eco Dairy. 

 

Get a team together for the Abbotsford Foam Festival.

 

Learn something new with a cooking class at Lepp Farm Market. 
 

 

Pick up your Fraser Valley Experiences guide

 



Follow Abbotsford on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and share along your journey with the hashtag #ExploreAbbotsford. We can't wait to see what you get up to!

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Shopping in Historic Downtown
Romantic Spots around Abby
Fresh Faces of Abby Series 

Events Calendar