The West Coast Christmas Show


Heather Angeard and George Acs, co-owners of Executive Event Production Inc. and producers of the West Coast Christmas Show and Fraser Valley Food Show, both said they thought they were dreaming when they first encountered the wonderful features of Tradex nine years ago.

“Our jaws were wide open because the staff at Tradex wanted to help us. No one helps like this when we host shows in Vancouver,” said Angeard.

“I remember saying to Heather the first time we had a show at Tradex that we must be in the Twilight Zone. We are dealing with real people who want to help you in every way they can. No one has a designated job. Whoever is nearby helped us. It made a huge difference,” said Acs.

Christmas-show duo has a long history in the hospitality industry

Acs and Angeard have been business partners for decades, and together they founded and produced EAT! Vancouver Food Festival, EAT! Fraser Valley Food Festival (now Fraser Valley Food Show), West Coast Christmas Show, CityTV’s Taste of the City and produced the BC Hospitality Expo.

Angeard’s first job was with a catering company for a variety of events when she was 13. Working with Acs, who she first encountered when he was with the BC Restaurant Association, has been a rewarding experience.

Acs has been involved in the restaurant, food service and hospitality industry since leaving university in 1969. He’s been owner/operator of restaurants and bars in Victoria and Whistler, including Louie Louie’s Diner, Jimmy D’s Roadhouse and The Hungarian Village. He was named BC Restaurateur of the Year three times.

For Angeard, with more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality and event industry, it was a natural progression to create and launch consumer shows with Acs.
“When Vali Marling of Tradex came to us, telling us that they wanted to do a show similar to our Eat! Vancouver and asking for our help, we said sure. Then we did the Christmas show here as well,” said Acs.

Tradex in Abbotsford makes it easy

What does he like most about Tradex?  “It’s like a dream to move a show in and out. There are lots of big doors to access the show from all around. There are no elevators, you just drive in. It’s a wonderful facility.”

For Vancouver shows, logistics companies are hired, holding lots are rented and exhibitors are held there until they are called. None of that happens at Tradex,” said Acs.

Fancy foods, artisan market, Santa’s workshop, children’s choirs and more

The West Coast Christmas Show, considered Western Canada’s leading holiday season show, runs this year Friday through Sunday, Nov. 18-20 at Tradex. Angeard said “we get a small head-start on Wednesday, fluffing up Christmas trees and assembling reindeer. We have all day Thursday, and Friday morning to set up, before the show starts.”

The event brings together holiday gifts, fancy foods, personal services, a Festival of Trees, new décor ideas and products, festive seminars, culinary presentations, and the sounds of Christmas performed by local choirs and musicians.

Sugar shack, Nintendo and a trolley

This year a maple sugar shack outside the front doors of Tradex will bring back childhood memories for anyone from Eastern Canada, with the aroma of hot maple syrup and shredded ice . . . a sugary sweet festive delight.

A Nintendo trailer outside will also bring smiles to the faces who love anything new related to Pokémon.

And once again, parking is free, with parking-lot shuttle service provided by The Vancouver Trolley Company.

As Tradex celebrates 25 years, Angeard said the facility has certainly grown over the years and “it has been nice to be a part of it.”

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Visit Passport to Christmas in Abbotsford to shop, stamp and win this holiday season. 

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Passport to Christmas in Abbotsford

For anyone looking for the sweetest holiday treasures, WE invite YOU to participate in the Passport to Christmas. 


From November 1st to December 22nd, Lower Mainland residents are invited to visit 10 local businesses, specializing in the unique and memorable, where everyone can ‘shop, stamp, and win’!

The Passport to Christmas partner list includes:

To play, participants are asked to pick up a passport at any of these stops, visit as many as possible, answer a trivia question, get the passport stamped, and then to drop it back off at any of the businesses. Plus, a bonus stamp is rewarded if a picture is posted on Instagram. Official hashtag is #PassporttoChristmas. In order to win, at least six stamps must be earned.

On December 23rd, two names will be drawn and awarded prizes. Prize #1 is the Ultimate Abbotsford Getaway, which includes chauffeured transportation around town, wine tasting at Singletree Winery, spa treatment, dinner for two at the new S+L Kitchen & Bar, and an overnight stay at Brookside Inn, one of Canada's Top 10 Small Hotels. Prize #2 is a private long-table dinner for 12 at Brambles Bistro.

It’s hard to visit all the stops in one day, which is why Abbotsford hotels are offering a 20% discount off their best available rate. Visitors simply need to quote Passport to Christmas upon booking. Hotels include:

To add to the merriment, Abbotsford has two Christmas tree lightings and festivals on November 19th at High Street and November 25th in Historic Downtown Abbotsford. From 3-9pm, the Historic Downtown's Winter Jubilee has an artisan night market, talented musicians, street carollers, fun eats, and a few more surprises in store. High Street has Santa Clause, dancing elves, and promises a magical snowfall.

Passport to Christmas accommodates all budgets and has something for everyone. To learn more, visit

November Christmas Events & Markets

Christmas events and markets provide the perfect opportunity to get started on your holiday shopping. Luckily, Abbotsford is home to great variety of markets, events and interactive family activities to elevate your holiday spirit. Below is a list of 10 holiday events happening throughout November. Also, check out the Passport to Christmas in Abbotsford for your chance to win The Ultimate Abbotsford Experience.


Passport to Christmas IN ABBOTSFORD | Nov 1 - Dec 22
The Passport to Christmas guides you around Abbotsford to unique boutiques, one-of-a-kind shops, and fertile farms. At each stop, make sure you get your passport stamped, bringing you one step closer for a chance to win 1 of 2 prizes!

Crafts with Mrs. Claus at Glenda’s | Nov 12
Bring your little ones to enjoy free cookie decorating and crafting with Mrs. Claus. There will be popcorn and hot chocolate to enjoy beside the bonfire as well!

4th Annual Plaza Christmas Market | Nov 11 - 12
Shop over 80 local handmade artisans, food trucks, gingerbread decorating and gift basket draw. Free admission & parking.

West Coast Christmas Show at Tradex | Nov 18 - 20
Featuring over 140 artisans - Discover new ideas for holiday entertaining, decorating and gift giving. Remember to get your Passport stamped!


4th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Highstreet | Nov 19
To get you into the holiday spirit, they have a 40-piece marching band & 65 ft Christmas Tree with Rudolf, Frosty and most importantly Santa joining the festivities.

A Heritage Christmas in Clayburn | Nov 19
Enjoy music, tea and scones, a vintage marketplace, kid’s crafts, food as well as guided village tours. Hosted by the Clayburn Village Community society.

8th Annual Trees of Hope | Nov 21 - 27
Visit the Food Court to view all of the wonderfully decorated trees from our generous sponsors. Vote for your favourite tree and enter to win a $100 Sevenoaks Gift Card.

Toys for tots at the Quality Hotel | Nov 25
Bring a toy or money donation and stay for a free buffet breakfast. Proceeds benefit the Abbotsford Christmas Bureau.

Winter Jubilee in Historic Downtown Abbotsford | Nov 25
Winter Jubilee is a free community event celebrating the 27th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.  Enjoy live music, craft beer gardens, interactive children’s games + activities, artisan marketplace and food trucks.

Maan Farms Christmas Market | Nov 26
Join us for the 2nd Annual Country Christmas Market. A great one stop shop to cross a few names off of your Christmas list while support local businesses, and having a great time.

The Nutcracker | Nov 27
Experience the magic of The Nutcracker this holiday season with Royal City Youth Ballet's full length ballet, featuring a cast of 100+ dedicated and enthusiastic dancers.

The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market

Well-loved items, thousands of visitors and a stress-free venue make this show producer smile



As Leah Faulkner, show producer and manager for The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market, starts thinking about her third show Nov. 12–13 at Tradex, she just smiles about the stresses she and her husband Tom no longer encounter.

“Tradex is a stress reliever. It’s a whole package. They take care of the event security, parking, promoting, overall cleanup and take-down. I’ve done seven markets since 2012, and comparing our old rustic venue at the Maple Ridge Albion Fairgrounds with Tradex is a difference like night and day,” said Faulkner.

“While half the vendors used to be in barns and outside in the grass, and the facility fit what we were doing in a rustic sense, the weather was not always cooperative. My husband and I used to have to clean washrooms and manage the parking, too,” Faulkner said.

“Now the show-goers get to enjoy dry shopping and the time-worn pieces are protected from the elements.”

The show moved to Tradex initially because it grew too big and had too many shoppers and vendors. The first Tradex show was in November, 2015, second was in June this year, and what’s on tap this month is her third one. Even though Faulkner is a relative newcomer to the 120,000 square foot facility, she is happy to share her experiences for Tradex’s 25th anniversary.

Faulkner’s mother-in-law from the Prairies has an especially keen eye for farmhouse-style collectibles and taught her how to finish some of her great junking and garage-sale finds.

“When Tom and I were first married, we couldn’t afford the stuff in the big stores so we went to garage sales to acquire things cheaply. Eventually every room was finished and we got to the stage where we would love to find something new and different, but we would trade-out what we already had,” Faulkner said.

“Once we came home with a trailer full of furniture after looking for treasures and we consulted with others through Craigslist to put on a market. We had 35 vendors for the first show.”

The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market places value on things that are well-loved and that are sometimes rusted, dented, and roughed up. Vendor names are cute, like Knotty Paintbrush, Glitter and Spice, Just A Tinker and Cottage Kisses. Some 125 vendors are participating in the next Tradex show.

“It’s a dream being at Tradex,” said Faulkner. “We attract an audience of 6,000 people over the weekend. We don’t have stages, but we have vendors who sell paint and give tutorials on how to finish their projects.” Finished projects are also available.

Faulkner does not consider herself a hoarder—far from it. But there are certain items with which she just cannot part; her grandmother’s old quilt she used to wrap around herself when she was young is one of them.

A special find in her home is a pie cupboard. “I love the colour of the wood. It is rustic. It is sentimental and makes my imagination work. What little old lady cooled her special pies in this piece of furniture?”

For Faulkner, the show at Tradex also offers a message for the next generation. “We love to teach our kids we shouldn’t be a throw-away society,” she said.

And because of that, she believes her show at Tradex contributes to making the world a better place.


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Meet Tyler & Cassandra of Duft and Co. 
5 Places to Explore with Kids
Fresh Faces of Abby Series 

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Meet Tyler & Cassandra of Duft and Co.

Tyler Duft and Cassandra Crocco, Owners of Duft and Co. Bakehouse IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN ABBY.

Q: Tell US about Duft and Co. What led to this dream?

Cassandra: Tyler and I wanted to start our own businesses before we even met, so when we started dating the conversation naturally flowed. We decided to go to Europe and spent six months going to all the coffee shops and bakeries that we could find.

We returned with inspiration and starting writing down recipes. I’m a pastry chef and Tyler is a savoury chef. We had all the pieces, but weren’t sure which avenue to take.  And, then we thought, “We work really hard for other people, so why wouldn’t we for ourselves?” At some point, you want to be creative on your own terms.

Tyler: We decided it was better to lose sleep and sweat for ourselves rather than someone else, and Abby was a European community that loved bread and pastries. There used to be a bakery where this little, older Ukrainian lady made the best rye bread and butter buns. Every Christmas, it was my job to pick up the rye bread.

Cass and I just knew that it was an appropriate time to give the community back what it once had access to. We grew up eating real food, made by hand.  We don’t do it the European way, we simply do it the old-fashioned way, the way things were.

Sophia at Kariton Art Gallery (Tyler & staff at Duft and Co.)

Q: From the moment you arrived on the scene, what have you experienced from the community?

Tyler: The Valley had a deficit. Vancouver is a great food city--you can get everything from Korean to Russian—but, this side of the Valley was still growing up and we knew that it was a calculated risk to move here.

Cassandra: We wanted to create a place where our customers felt like they were sitting in our living room, as though we made it just for them. I feel like the whole town has rallied together to support us and that’s a really neat feeling.

Abby was ready for a concept like Duft and Co. We have welcomed people from all over the Valley, Vancouver, and across the border. And, the downtown businesses of like-minded people are amazing. It’s the best thing to ever happen to Abby. We all want to make Abby a better place-- where people want to stay here-- and love hearing that we have inspired others to pursue their dreams. Our collective thinking is community over competition.

Tyler: We love seeing people enjoy what we have created and want to hit every high note. It’s about tasting, feeling, and smelling the love. We were the new kids on the block, but have been so lucky that the result has been positive.

(Tyler & Cassandra in Historic Downtown Abby)

Q: Are you happy living here?  What are your future plans?

Tyler: I grew up here. We love visiting local farms and seeing the food grown that we eat. We have a beautiful landscape from creeks, rivers, and lakes to snow-capped mountains and the ocean is within an hour’s drive. Not many places can make a claim like this.  I have never been more optimistic about the future. Our small town has been given a dose of much-needed culture. We are seeing a turning of the tides and we are fortunate to be a part of this paradigm shift.

Cassandra: We are expanding and launching Duft and Co. Brickhouse soon!  We’re full of ideas, and opening a restaurant was one of them. The Brickhouse is a small, casual eatery with good food like roasted meats, home-made sausages, wood-fired pizza and local drinks. We love the growth that is happening in historic downtown Abby and want to continue our journey here.  Duft & Co Brickhouse is just another way for us to share our love of food.

(Tyler & Cassandra visiting a local farm)

Watch their #FreshFacesofAbby story here.

Find your spooky spirit in Abbotsford

There’s no shortage of Halloween activities in Abbotsford to participate in this year for young and old alike. Whether it’s a haunted corn maze or kids pumpkin carving, you’ll discover your spooky spirit just in time for Halloween. If these aren't enough, check out our Must Visit Fall Destinations in Abbotsford for more ghostly fun. 

Maan Farms "Haunted Corn Maze" | Oct 7-31
This year Leatherface and his accomplices have been joined by a band of crazed clowns. Try to survive this terrifying corn maze with many dead ends that are full of surprises. Don’t forget to dress for the weather and remember that you are on a farm. (path of maze is all gravel )

Where: 790 McKenzie Rd.
When: Now until Oct 31, 7pm to 10pm

The Land of Boo | Oct 21-31
Enjoy a super family-friendly Halloween Theme Scavenger Hunt around Highstreet Shopping Centre for your chance to win an iPad, courtesy of London Drugs.

Where: 3122 Mount Lehman Rd.
When: Anytime during Highstreet Shopping Hours

Haunted House for Canucks Place | Oct 29-31
Looking for a scare for a good cause? Check out “Sandpiper Sanitarium Indoor Haunted House” featuring 7 scare rooms. (Not for the faint of heart, recommended 8 yrs of age) Entry into the Haunt is by donation. Suggested donation is $2 pp or $10 per family. 100% of the money goes to the charity.

Where: Sandpiper Sanitarium - 3037 Sandpiper Dr.
When: 6pm to 9pm



5th Annual Trick or Treating | Oct 31
Loads of treats and lots of fun activities planned for the kids this year. Grab your list of trick or treating stops at Oldhand coffee in Historic Downtown. Make sure to bring a non-perishable Food Bank donation and you will receive an entry for the amazing Gift Basket filled with all sorts of goodies from the participating Downtown merchants!

Where: Historic Downtown, Starts at Oldhand Coffee, 2617 Pauline St.
When: 1pm to 5pm

Moo or Boo | Oct 31
EcoDairy is bringing back MOO or BOO for its third year in a row! Families can look forward to games, crafts, cows and more, come on down to the farm, it's all indoors so rain or shine the party's ON!

Where: 1356 Sumas Way
When: 2pm to 6pm

Halloween Trick or Treating | Oct 31
Enjoy a safe, warm and dry place to bring your ghosties for goodies! Look for the orange pumpkin for free candy at participating retailers.

Where: 32900 S Fraser Way
When: 3pm to 4pm only.

Party in the Plaza | Oct 31
Trick or Treat at the 8 themed installations while enjoying the Land of Boo Scavenger Hunt. There will be a photo booth, live music, treat, balloon artist & more!

Where: 3122 Mount Lehman Rd.
When: 5pm to 7pm

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Valley embraces West Coast Women’s Show, Popularity soars with move to Tradex

Murat Olcay, show producer and manager for the West Coast Women’s Show, said attendance skyrocketed by 70 per cent 14 years ago when the show was moved from the Vancouver Convention Centre to Tradex.

“The people of the Fraser Valley . . . Surrey, Hope, Mission, Abbotsford, Langley and Chilliwack . . . really embraced the show,” said Olcay. “Last year alone we experienced a 15 per cent increase in attendance over the year before, and that is unheard of in these interesting times.”

He added: “This show is all about the exhibitors, and we have 400 of them. Yes, we’ve had stars coming, including recording artist and humanitarian Bif Naked, renowned interior designers, actors Josh Morrow, Sharon Case and others from The Young and the Restless. They’re great, but a small percentage of women come to the show for the celebrities, they really want the whole experience.”

The West Coast Women’s Show, Oct. 21–23 this year, has grown to become the largest and most successful women’s event in Western Canada, Olcay said. Women come to be “entertained and informed . . . we have a terrific lineup of speakers. It is a unique shopping experience. It’s relationship building with the exhibitors . . . it’s a reaching out. Our visitors like to see the booths. It’s the ultimate girls’ experience.”

The shopping fantasy includes five stages of fashion, wellness and beauty secrets, entertainment, cheese and live calendar firefighters. A second artisan marketplace, for a total of 60 artisans, was added this year because of its popularity when it was introduced in 2015.

Olcay, who is with Encore Productions, has been in the show business for some 30 years. He loves Tradex because it is easy to move the show in, and move it out. “Those huge doors are a real bonus,” he said. “It’s a nice facility. Where else do you find one like that?”

Murat relies on his two adult daughters, his wife and an amazing “team of talented ladies” to get feedback on the shows and to constantly improve them.

He remembers Tradex from the days before the Abbotsford Airport passenger terminal was built and when he and others, who were running home shows at Tradex in the 1990s, were knee-deep in mud to post huge signs in farmers’ fields to point patrons toward the 120,000 square foot facility.

“Back then no one knew Tradex, but now after 25 years, they do. I’ve watched the community and area grow. I’ve appreciated the Tradex renovations, and we’re still here,” he said.

Olcay worked with Ron Price, one of the founders of Tradex when both were with Airshow Canada. “It was a lot of fun.”

“We’d head out of Fort Langley in a floatplane, go to the Gulf Islands for lunch and fly back. At 59, I still don’t feel old. The trick is, like the West Coast Women’s Show teaches: Stay active, stay vital, get the most out of life.”

Meet Sophia Suderman


Q: What is the Abbotsford Arts Council?

Established in 1971, the Abbotsford Arts Council (AAC) is a non-profit society, dedicated to developing and promoting the arts and culture scene in Abbotsford. We embrace accessibility. Essentially, the AAC is a grassroots approach to supporting the arts community in Abby, serving emerging and established artists from diverse backgrounds.

Sophia at Kariton Art Gallery (Sophia at Kariton Art Gallery)

Q: Why do you feel that the AAC is important to Abbotsford?

The arts bring people together by fostering creativity, igniting ‘artist talks’, expanding networks, and creating community. For many artists, the AAC provides their first opportunity to showcase their work. We remove the barriers to entry for artists, frequently rotate exhibits, and offer free admission to Kariton Art Gallery, located at Mill Lake.

Cultural events are an important part of the fabric of our society and what it takes to build relationships. Different cultures are pulled together and engage in dialogue that may not have happened otherwise. For example, our last exhibit, Cultural Treasures, connected artists who shared stories about where they came from.

Another example is Atangard, a community project that emerged out of the transformation of the run-down Fraser Valley Inn into an intentional community for students between the ages of 19 and 35. Colourful artwork lines the walls of this communal living space.

(Atangard communal living space)

Q: What keeps you rooted in this community?

Like a lot of people, I grew up in Abby and have family here, but what I love most is the opportunity that is available. You could look at Abbotsford as missing a lot or seeing the opportunities to make things happen. The younger demographic has stayed here like I did, or moved back after spending time in more developed cities, recognizing that there are markets to serve. Jam in Jubilee is another example. It is successful because people wanted a music scene that highlighted different genres and supported local musical talent. They were receptive and this ‘derelict park’ became iconic for a positive reason.

Cultural consumers move to the city but the entrepreneur stays here. Together, we develop programs and create opportunities as opposed to competing to be a part of over-saturated markets.

Knowing that there are so many others who share my perspective, we work together to achieve our common goals.

(Sophia & Friends down by the river)

Q: What is your response to the opinion that there isn’t much to do in Abbotsford?

We have a lot to choose from actually, but we lack the networks to get the messaging out. See? Another opportunity for anyone who is in the media or communications industry. Personally, I like to spend time outdoors. Everything is easily accessible and close from the Abby Grind to the Discovery Trail. After a fresh snowfall, Ravine Park is perfectly silent and untouched. But, one of my favourite past-times is to sit by a fire down by the river. I need a break from screens and technology… to just spend time being relational again.

This belief that ‘everyone knows everyone’, often perceived as a negative, is a positive in my opinion. When you actually get to know someone, you will care about their success and have more shared experiences. We need people’s voices—their ideas and inspirations. It’s an exciting time to live in Abby.

Watch her #FreshFacesofAbby story here.

The Abbotsford Centre is Rocking

From October 13th to October 20th, the Abbotsford Centre plays hosts to 4 concerts – each of them legends in their own right. From a country hall-of-famer to the voice of the bayou. From Canadian rock icons to legends of thrash metal. With a lineup like that, the Abbotsford Centre has you covered this October!


Stay the night in Abbotsford! Simply call and quote "Abby Rocks" to receive a 10% discount off the best available rate with these participating hotels: 

Quality Hotel 604.870.1050
Sandman Suites Hotel 604.556.7263
Sandman Airport Hotel 604.859.4763
Abbotsford Hotel 604.859.6211

October 13th – Kenny Rogers’ Final World Tour 
Experience Grammy Award-winning superstar and Country Music Hall of Fame member Kenny Rogers. He has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades, which will be celebrated during his Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal coming to Abbotsford October 13th.


October 15th | Our Lady Peace & I Mother Earth
Two of Canada’s most beloved and best-selling bands, Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth featuring Edwin, have announced a legendary cross-Canada tour, kicking off in Abbotsford, BC on Saturday, October 15th with special guests The Standstills.


October 18th | John Fogerty
Fogerty is a true American treasure, one of popular music’s all-time greatest singers, guitar players, and songwriters.  Over the past forty-five years, he continues to speak in a powerful way to generations of music makers and music lovers. Come experience his “Rollin on the River” tour at Abbotsford Centre.


October 20th | Slayer
Slayer, with Special Guest Anthrax and Death Angel, will join forces this fall for a seven week North American beat down which is coming to Abbotsford on October 20th! Fans will hear their favorite songs from the band’s 30-year plus discography, as well as a few of the newer songs from Repentless, named “The Metal Album of the Year” by Guitar World.


Stay the night in Abbotsford! Simply call and quote "Abby Rocks" to receive 10% discount off the best available rate with these participating hotels:

Quality Hotel 604.870.1050
Sandman Suites Hotel 604.556.7263
Sandman Airport Hotel 604.859.4763
Abbotsford Hotel 604.859.6211

Check out our events calendar for more performances like Marianas Trench on Nov. 4th & Mamma Mia on Nov. 16th who will be coming to Abbotsford, BC. 


Abbotsford Must-Visit Fall Destinations

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.

Abby Roadside (NEW!)

Family-friendly | Dog-friendly (on leash) | Designed for adults, but fun for the whole family.


  • Roadside social
  • BC’s first beer-tasting corn maze with local breweries (Fieldhouse, Ravens, Old Abbey Ales, Old Yale). Two other mazes for all ages. (please check their social channels for closure updates due to weather) 
  • Craft beer garden
  • Doggie bar & photo booth
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Apple cannon
  • Autumn Eats at Food Trucks

Open September 30th to October 23. (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Admission: Free for 2 and under, $5 for 3-18 years, and $10 for 19 plus.
@abbyroadside on Instagram and Facebook

Taves Family Farms (Applebarn Pumpkin Farm)

Family-friendly | No dogs | Free admission to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch


  • U-Pick apples for couples, families, and friends. Smaller trees that are perfect for the little ones.
  • Large pumpkin patch to choose that perfect Jack-o-Lantern and stands with several pumpkin varieties and gourds to choose from.
  • Fresh cold-pressed apple cider (100% apples), made before your very eyes.
  • Hayrides and ponyrides
  • Petting Barn
  • Corn maze, with a quest, that is best suited for children ages 3 to 12.
  • Farm foods to keep you energized like caramel apples and apple cider slushies

Admission for attractions: Applebarn pass includes most attractions. Free for children 2 and under. See website for details).
Open daily until November 1st.
@tavesfarms on Instagram and Twitter and @tavesfamilyfarms on Facebook


Family-friendly | No dogs | Family-friendly with experiences just for teenagers and adults


  • Flashlight Corn Maze opens after dark. Only a flashlight can guide corn maze-goers through the rows.
  • Haunted Corn Maze: This year, Leatherface and his accomplices have been joined by a band of crazed clowns. It’s a terrifying corn maze with many dead ends and full of surprises from starving zombies and chainsaw-wielding murderers to killer clowns.
  • Maan’s Estate Winery, award-winning wine with a free tasting room.
  • Moonlight Wagon Rides
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Petting Zoo
  • Country Store with farm-fresh foods and home-made fudge

Admission: A la carte pricing. See website for details.
Open daily until November 11th
@maanfarms on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

Willow View Farms

Family-friendly | No dogs please | No general admission rates


  • U-Pick apples for couples, families, and friends.
  • Pumpkin patch with several varieties to choose from in different colours and sizes.
  • Home of the annual Farmer vs. Farmer’s wife giant pumpkin growing contest. This year ‘meet Ugly Randy’, an 800 lb pumpkin! (see photo above) 
  • Hayrides
  • Playground and petting zoo
  • Country-chic décor

Open daily until November 1st. Hayrides are available on weekends only including Thanksgiving Monday.
@willowviewfarms on Instagram and Facebook


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.