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.
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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We've put together a collection of romantic ideas to help plan your weekend away in Abbotsford. Spend time wine tasting, trying gourmet farm to table meals, and relaxing at a cozy Bed and Breakfast.
WHERE TO STAY
Clayburn Village Bed and Breakfast
Venture back in time to 1906 with a visit to Historic Clayburn Village, home to this charming Victorian Residence that has been lovingly restored to its original elegance.
Brookside Inn Boutique Hotel
Situated at Pepin Brook Vineyard Estates, near the Abbotsford Airport, you will enjoy incredible views of beautiful Mt. Baker from these luxury suites, which take their inspiration from some classic romantic movies.
Sweet Dreams Luxury Inn
Providing relaxation and tranquility amidst the natural splendor of the 17 acre estate, this secluded inn makes for a peaceful stay located just minutes from Downtown Abbotsford.
WHERE TO VISIT
Historic Downtown Abbotsford
Take time to visit local favourites like Duft & Co. Bakehouse, Spruce Collective & Bow and Stern while you explore all the unique shops, bakeries, and restaurants this historic area has to offer.
Located at the foot of Sumas Mountain, this English inspired historical area was the first “company town” in British Columbia and is home to heritage sites like Clayburn Church, Clayburn Schoolhouse, and the very popular Clayburn Store & Tea Shop.
Wild Orange Spa
Relax at the perfect getaway from the everyday while enjoying amenities such as private men’s and women’s lounges, eucalyptus steam rooms, and refreshment centres that will enhance your spa experience.
This easy and rewarding route winds from park to park along creeks, lakes and fairgrounds from the west side of the city to the mountains in the east with over 60km to explore.
LOCAL DINING AND SIPS
Field House Brewing Co.
Gather with friends or your loved ones beside the wood-burning fireplace while you taste a flight of locally crafted beer. With ten taps and a selection of local food to chose from, there's something for everyone.
The Fraser Valley's number one farm to table restaurant sourcing local ingredients that continually craft memorable plates where the food truly speaks for itself (and a wine list to match).
Taste away at this family owned winery located on a beautiful 15 acre vineyard specializing in small lots of naturally made wines. We recommend tying their flagship Pinot Noir and also exploring more sips in the valley on the Abbotsford Beer & Wine Tour.
Tanglebank Gardens & Brambles Bistro
Stroll through this peaceful garden centre and gift shop where enchanting plant displays are filled with European garden décor then follow it up with breakfast or lunch in the Bistro.
Need help planning your weekend away to Abbotsford? Feel free to contact one of our knowledgeable Visitor Centre staff through the online chat on our website, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 604.859.1721. We're here to help you #ExploreAbbotsford.
Calendar of Events | Circle Farm Tour | Fresh Faces of Abby
A refreshing, crisp breeze, the leaves changing colour, pumpkin-spiced lattés…all signs that fall has arrived. The change of seasons doesn’t mean that we should be spending time indoors. In fact, quite the opposite!
We are talking about colourful pumpkin patches, vibrant apple orchards, daunting corn mazes, bumpin’ hayrides and so much more. Our list of fall destinations has something for everyone.
And, while most are family-friendly, we have a few activities that are better suited for the adult kid in all of us, like craft beer stations and haunted experiences in corn mazes.
So, whether you're looking to stock up on decorative gourds, master the perfect pumpkin pie with locally grown pumpkins, make jars of tree-fresh applesauce, or spend the day having ‘fall family fun’, Abby has you covered.
Come prepared. Bring shoes and pants you can get dirty. And, don't forget to layer.
Family-friendly | Dog-friendly (on leash) | Designed for adults, but fun for the whole family.
Taves Family Farms (Applebarn Pumpkin Farm)
Family-friendly | No dogs | Free admission to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch
Admission for attractions: Applebarn pass includes most attractions. Free for children 2 and under. See website for details).
Open daily until November 1st.
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Maan Farms COUNTRY EXPERIENCE & ESTATE WINERY
Family-friendly | No dogs | Family-friendly with experiences just for teenagers and adults
Willow View Farms
Family-friendly | No dogs please | No general admission rates
Coming from the east on Highway 1, head to Abby Roadside and then take the Sumas Way exit to Huntingdon Road where you can visit Maan Farms, Taves Farms, and Willow View Farms all within a 10-minute stretch.
Coming from the west on Highway 1, reverse it and take the Sumas Way exit to Huntingdon Rd to visit Maan Farms, Taves Farms and Willow View Farms before heading back on the Highway to hit Abby Roadside.
While walking through Historic Downtown Abbotsford, you’ll come across a mix of eclectic and unique stores as well as our favourite long time shopping destinations. From old vinyl & cool clothing to vintage furniture & local treasures; Downtown has something for you. Here are 6 places to check out on your next visit.
Tip: No one should shop hungry so grab a bite at Harvest Grill 'n' Greens, Duft and Co. or Bow and Stern - delicious local food for you to try.
Montrose & George General Store
Combining community spirit with a fresh take on merchandise, M&G focuses on quality over quantity. You will discover a unique range of woman's apparel, jewelry, home decor, art and gifts at this welcoming storefront in Downtown Abbotsford.
33771 George Ferguson Way | 604-744-1744 | Website
As one of Western Canada’s largest bookstores, Hemingway’s is the place to find 1000’s of new and used books. Be sure to check out huge selection of vinyl downstairs for you old school music enthusiasts.
33765 Essendene Ave. | 604-855-1894 | Website
Strung Out on Beads
Beaders and non beaders alike will enjoy the colour and sparkle of Strung Out on Beads. From plastic and glass to semi-precious and Swarovski items, their selection is fantastic and worth the stop.
33735 Essendene Ave. | 604-852-8677 | Website
Come discover lots of vintage goodness at Spruce Collective, selling locally made home decor items, artisanal jewellery and some cool clothing. While you’re there, stop by their sister store “The Market” which features a curated collection of all-vintage finds and antique furniture.
2622 Montrose Ave. | 604-855-0506 |Website
Find great brands and innovative kitchen products that you can trust. The friendly and knowledgeable staff can answer any questions you have or maybe just provide you with some kitchen inspiration.
2645 Montrose Ave. | 604-746-1232 | Website
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Sip, Savour and Share on the Abbotsford Beer & Wine Tour! Meet all the local craft breweries & wineries and start tasting the unique flavours of our valley. From honey mead and berry fruit wines to salted stouts and raspberry ales, you'll discover something new. Download your tour map here or pick a copy up from one of the locations below. Cheers!
At Field House Brewing Co., we believe it’s about a full craft beer experience, we brew great beer that we love and want to share with our community and beyond. We’ve also created a unique gathering place for friends and family to create new experiences and learn more about the world of craft beer. Whether you are new to craft beer or a seasoned pro - we offer a range of styles, all with a high drinkability factor and we’re always searching for new inspiration and ideas. Cheers.
2281 West Railway St
Old Abbey Ales brews and serves 30 beers on tap. Brewed with the finest ingredients and employing the time-tested traditions of Belgian beer brewing methods with West Coast creativity affectionately called Belgian Forward. Visit our tasting room for pints, flights, and growler fills.
1A-30321 Fraser Hwy
Ravens Brewing Company is inspired by the agricultural roots surrounding the Abbotsford area. We will be brewing European and West Coast beers, respecting the ingredients traditionally found in these great brews. Working with local growers and suppliers to craft great beers full of character and style, we look forward to welcoming you to our tasting room.
2485 Townline Rd
A culmination of three generations of farmers, has brought forth a taste of true distinction. From ground to glass, Maan Farms wines are soley produced here, leaving no room for anything less than the best. Showcasing wines made from Maan Farms mouth-watering berries, expanding to now include grape wines, and a VIP Wine Club. Visit our fun family farm for our tasting room, great country food and family activities.
790 McKenzie Rd
Believed to be the oldest known alcoholic beverage, Mead or Honey Wine was first discovered by the Samarians in Mesopotamia thousands of years ago. Campbell’s Gold produces these ancient elixirs including the traditional Mead. In addition, they offer Pyment (honey wine & grapes), Melomel (honey wine with fruit or berries), Metheglin (spiced honey wine), and Cysor (honey wine with apple juice/cider).
2592 Lefeuvre Rd
Mt. Lehman Winery is a family owned boutique winery specializing in small lots of premium naturally made wines. Come tour
our beautiful farm and vineyard where we have over 15 acres planted of a variety of grapes including Pinot Noir (our flagship wine), Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, and others. While you’re here, drop by our tasting room to sample our unique award winning wines.
5094 Mt. Lehman Rd
Join us at Singletree, a family operated Vineyard and Winery located in Mt.Lehman. The site where the farm is located has a rich farming history, with activity starting in the late 1800’s. We are proud of our focused portfolio of wines, crafted by family member and winemaker, Andrew Etsell. We welcome you to taste a new generation of wines in our rustic tasting room and also enjoy the vineyard and surrounding area in our licensed picnic area located right beside our winery.
The BC Summer Games are in Abbotsford from July 21 to 24th. We're excited to welcome all the participants, families and friends to our city. Find time in between competitions and take a few hours to explore these exciting ideas and adventures below. Go Abby Games!
1. Circle Farm Tour
While in Abbotsford, don’t miss our Circle Farm Tour. This self-guided tour takes you through our country side and will lead you to a variety of specialty farm gate vendors, charming eateries, a barn full of antiques and the best ice cream you will ever eat. Download Guide
Walk through the heart of Abbotsford and discover vintage stores, charming boutiques and delicious eateries while in Historic Downtown. It’s the perfect meld of past and present, where you will find unique restored heritage buildings and shopping.
3. Castle Fun Park
A free-admission, family amusement park offering year round excitement for everyone. From mini golf, go carts, batting cages and arcade games, Castle Fun Park is a great place to bring the kids for an afternoon in Abbotsford.
4. Beer & Wine Tour
Sip, Savour and Share on the Abbotsford Beer & Wine Tour! Download the map to start your self-guided tour of our local craft breweries and wineries. While tasting, take time to discover the unique flavours of our valley. Download Map
5. Walks, Trails & Mountain Biking
Enjoy the great outdoors with the whole family in Abbotsford's 157 parks consisting of over 2,584 acres of parkland and 98 kilometers of urban trails. From Mill Lake Park to Sumas Mountain, there is so much terrain to be discovered by you. More info here. Photo Credit: Mona Lucas
6. Comedy Show
Enjoy a laugh at Canada’s national stand-up comedy club, Yuk Yuk’s. Shows run nightly Wednesday to Saturday. Check out their website to see who's in town while you're here.
7. Visit a Museum
Abbotsford is a city rich in talent, culture and history. While you check out all the museums, galleries, & artisans, don't forget to tour all the public art that can be found throughout Abbotsford. More info here.
Let us be your guide as you hunt for those one-of-a-kind items during your stay. Sevenoaks Shopping Centre is centrally located and likely has all that you need. If you’re looking for an outdoor shopping centre, check out Highstreet – a new, open-air shopping centre located at Mt.Lehman interchange.
The lush greenery of Abbotsford is home to a variety of courses that are open year-round! Regardless of your swing, there is a tee waiting for you. During your next stay, take a visit to Fraserglen or Ledgeview Golf Course. More info here.
Seeking thrill & adventure? Why not book a trip with Vancouver Skydive and experience the Drop Zone which is located in scenic Abbotsford. All of their Tandem Skydives are done with an experienced and qualified Tandem Instructors!
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Let the fun and festivities of summer begin with the 35th Annual Berrybeat Festival. Bring the family down to enjoy and explore beautiful Historic Downtown Abbotsford during this two day festival celebrating local music, agriculture, and community.
When: July 9 (9am – 6pm) & July 10 (9am – 4pm)
Where: Montrose and Essendene Avenue, Abbotsford
BeerBQ in Abbotsford is a spectacular culinary experience that pairs the best BBQ pitmasters with BC craft brewmasters. Staged with the Fraser Valley backdrop of hop fields in full bloom, guests meander from tent to tent tasting great food and sipping equally great beer. Don't miss your chance to taste a bit of Abbotsford.
When: July 16
Where: Kinloch Farms 1893 Cole Road, Abbotsford
Website & Tickets
As many as 3600 participants will be coming to Abbotsford to compete in 18 different sports all around the community. Abbotsford is the perfect outdoor destination offering hiking, mountain biking, fishing, golf and water sports. With more than 2,400 acres of parkland and a 33 km paved outdoor trail system, this will be an amazing 4 day event for you, your family & friends to be involved with or enjoy watching.
When: July 21 - 24
Where: Abbotsford Exhibition Park & Various Community Locations
There’s something for everyone at the Annual Abbotsford Agrifai, the best little country fair sice 1911! Traditionally when people think of an agriculture fair, they think animals, tractors, and farmers. Agrifair is still proud to present many of your favourite and memorable agricultural attractions, but they have so much more planned for 2016.
When: July 29 – 31
Where: Exhibition Park, 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford
The keystone annual event-- The Abbotsford International Airshow is an aviation festival that has grown well beyond its borders over the past 5 decades while beginning in 1962. Abbotsford Airshow will feature diverse aerial and aviation-related displays, and offer exciting entertainment to all ages. As well, don’t miss the twilight show featuring beautiful fireworks on Friday evening.
When: August 12 - 14
Where: Abbotsford International Airport, 1595 Townline Rd, Abbotsford
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Family friendly farm offering berry u-pick, country kitchen and a fun petting zoo. The farm also has a pedal go-kart race track, zip-line, playgrounds and more!
Location: 790 McKenzie
Phone: (604) 864-5723
A family amusement park offering year round excitement for everyone. From mini golf, go carts, batting cages and arcade games, it’s a great place to bring the kids.
Location: 36165 North Parallel Road
Phone: (604) 850-0411
Offering a unique, highly interactive learning environment, the EcoDairy experience has been developed in partnership with Science World British Columbia, the province's leading science and technology education facility.
Location: 1356 Sumas Way
Phone: (604) 557-5481
Come visit the Country Farm Market, restaurant & ice cream parlour offering over 50 flavours of gourmet ice cream & farm fresh dairy products.
Location: 1154 Fadden Rd
Phone: (604) 857-1315
Play Abby is a 10,000 square foot indoor playground and laser tag entertainment centre in Abbotsford, BC.
Location: #5-2043 Abbotsford Way
Phone: (604) 853-7529
If you're looking for more family-friendly activies and adventures, check out our 107 Days of Summer guide.
It’s time to explore Abbotsford! The 107 Days of Summer Guide provides daily ideas and activities for you, your family and friends to enjoy all summer long. No matter what your interests are, there’s bound to be an exciting adventure waiting beneath the pages.
This guide is packed full of indoor and outdoor destinations everyone can enjoy. From a variety of Circle Farm locations, special events and kid zone fun to local wineries, breweries and eateries to try. When you’re wondering what to do with the kids this summer or planning a date night, just grab your guide!
107 Days of Summer is available at the Abbotsford Visitor Centre at 34561 Delair Rd. where our friendly staff can help answer any questions you may have. It’s also at many of our local partners around the community or download it directly to your computer or mobile device here.
Looking for more information on Abbotsford and things to do? There is an outdoor trails guide which provides information and maps of the various trails throughout the community. It’s a great way to stay activate in summer with the family and all the trails are dog friendly. This can be picked up from our Visitor's Centre. Photo below provided by Mona Lucas.
Also, if you haven’t already, grab your copy of the Abbotsford Beer & Wine tour. This self-guided tour takes you through our local wineries and craft breweries letting you discover the many unique flavours of the valley. Download your copy here.
Remember to share your discoveries and adventures with us by tagging #ExploreAbbotsford on your photos. Connect with Tourism Abbotsford on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and at www.tourismabbotsford.ca.
Enjoy the Summer!
It’s that time of year again! Spring Break is around the corner, the sun is starting to shine and the cherry blossoms are blooming. We have some great ideas to enjoy these two weeks off in Abbotsford. There are many kids’ camps happening over the next few weeks which we have listed below but if you missed sign-up (whoops!), here are a few day adventures.
Highstreet Shopping Centre
Learn! Mar 14-18, 12-2 PM
Science World Show + Make and Take Activities.
Science World is back at Highstreet hosting their fun and informative show all week long. Located in Central Plaza, just outside of Cineplex. Totally Free.
Highstreet Shopping Centre
Play! Mar 21-24, 12-2 PM
Skateboarding* + Rock Climbing.
Paul from Replay Sports and Project Climb will be at Highstreet Monday to Thursday, and it's totally free! Located in Central Plaza, just outside of Cineplex. Totally Free.*Participants must call Guest Services at 604-381-3934 to register for skateboarding lessons prior to the event. Lessons are separated by Beginners and Advances skateboarders.
Abbotsford Recreation Centre
Spring Break Camps - Mar 14-18 & 21-23
From pre-school camps, springtastic camps and super splash, there is a camp for every age! Spring break swim lessons are also offered. More information here.
Seven Oaks Shopping Centre
Kids Club Events - Mar 14-18 & 21-23
Registration is FREE for the Kids Club at Sevenoaks and enjoy fun daily activities. Spots are booking up fast, contact their customer service desk or website for more information.
Spring Break Camp - Mar 14-18 & March 21-25, 9:00am - 3:00pmCome join us over the break for a week-long "Woodland Creature" theme, loaded with games, crafts, science experiments and other great adventures! Sign up through this site or contact us at email@example.com for more information. Full week sign-ups are required, no one day only options.