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!

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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.

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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!

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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!


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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Top 5 Holiday Must Do’s in Abbotsford

Navigate your way through rooms of enchanting Christmas décor, pick-up vibrant winter greens, or escape to the country and experience what Mt. Lehman has to offer. Only a 40-minute drive from Vancouver so bundle up, and come on out to Abbotsford for the day. Better yet, make a weekend of it and enjoy all these holiday must do’s in the valley. Don’t forget to visit Santa at Highstreet while you’re in town!

Oh Christmas Tree

Nothing feels more festive than trimming a farm-fresh Christmas tree! Starting December 1st, Fir Valley Farms is welcoming everyone to come and choose their perfect pre-cut tree or, better yet, harvest one themselves.

  • Douglas Fir is a traditional choice, aromatizes with a sweet fragrance.
  • Noble Fir has excellent needle retention and stiff branches perfect for heavy ornaments.
  • Norway Spruce is whimsical, upward sweeping branches with an everlasting scent.
  • Fraser Fir has traits of a Noble Fir and Norway Spruce with excellent needle retention and an inviting aroma.
  • Grand Fir/Nordman Fir have softer needles with a robust citrus fragrance.
  • Blue Spruce is a rich dark green to powdery-blue needles.

Fir Valley Farms | 30077 Burgess Ave, Abbotsford, BC | firvalleyfarms.com
Ledgeview Tree Farm | 
36070 McKee Rd | facebook.com/Ledgeviewtreefarm


Visit Grandma Glenda

Celebrating its 28th year, Glenda’s Christmas Cottage is another can’t-miss destination that has become a local tradition. In fact, the parents coming today were the children who visited a generation ago. Navigate through rooms of enchanting Christmas décor, discovering rustic and classic ornaments and snow globes, that are sure to please even the hardest ones to buy for.  

Glenda’s Christmas Cottage | 4457 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC | glendaschristmas.com


Winter Greens and Florals

A destination garden centre specializing in vibrant winter greens, poinsettia arrangements, and home décor. From peaceful garden strolls to beautiful Holiday statement pieces, Tanglebank is all about Christmas cheer. Located at the same place is Brambles Bistro. Bring a friend and brunch or lunch, choosing from classic breakfast favourites infused with global flavours, or end your visit with a hot cocoa.

Tanglebank Gardens and Brambles Bistro | 29985 Downes Rd, Abbotsford, BC | tanglebank.com


Warm the Soul

Escape to the country and experience what Mt. Lehman has to offer this holiday season at Sojourn in the Valley on Dec. 2nd. Wander through the grounds at Tuscan Farm Gardens, sip a lavender latte, and leave with lavender-infused handcrafted soaps and body products. Enjoy the thousands of twinkling lights and unbelievable ornament selection at Glenda's

Sip and savour around the cozy fireplace at Brambles Bistro, and then visit our three local wineries. Seaside Pearl Winery and Singletree Winery will be serving mulled wine with local cheese from Mt. Lehman Cheese. Also, you can pick-up Singletree’s latest release, wine jellies to pair with charcuterie or give as hostess gift.  Mt. Lehman Winery will be playing Christmas tunes and featuring a Brawny Tawny Port tasting in the Barrel Room, accompanied by figs, local Mt. Lehman Cheese, and handmade chocolates by Chocolatas. 

Mt. Lehman Sojourn in the Country | mtlehmansojourn.com


Shopping Finds in Downtown Abby

In addition to hosting the Annual Winter Jubilee Christmas Festival on December 2nd, complete with pony rides, fireworks, Christmas carols, an artisan market, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Historic Downtown Abbotsford is also an eclectic place to shop and walk.

Shop the mix of small businesses, independent restaurants, and boutique stores to get awesome stocking stuffers and gifts. Highlights include curated vintage goods, clothing, apothecary goods, local florists, handcrafted pottery, jewelry, restored furniture, vinyl from every genre, new and used books, artisanal bakeries and cafés, and craft breweries. So. Much. To. Explore!

Historic Downtown | Essendene & Montrose Avenues | downtownabbotsford.ca

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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 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. 



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.


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.

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 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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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. 


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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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.

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, picnic lunch
Dogs: On-leash


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


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


Willband Creek Park

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


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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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


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