Ledgeview Golf Course is Open

Photo via Tourism Abbotsford 

The lush greenery of the Fraser Valley is home to many golf courses like Ledgeview Golf Club which provides magnificent tree lined fairways and breathtaking mountain views. Ledgeview is a unique, high quality 18 hole golf course in Abbotsford, BC.

Recently, there has been a very unfortunate fire on the property which destroyed most of the clubhouse. Decades of history were held in the clubhouse, but the memories will live on through the courses dedicated members and staff.

“Despite the fire, course operators are vowing to play through the loss. The building was originally a house that belonged to the land’s previous owners, which had been converted into a clubhouse in the late 1970s or early ’80s.” – Abbotsford News. 

Photo via Abby News

The course features a picturesque layout and always well maintained greens and fairways. Abbotsford is proud of the current PGA professionals Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor, both of whom grew up playing this challenging yet playable and fun course here in the Fraser Valley.

"Ledgeview has hosted over 50 charity tournaments and banquet functions each year and over 17,000 rounds of golf for the general public each season." - Key fact from Mayor Henry Brauns Blog, Abbotsford's Ledgeview Golf & Country Club: Some facts about one of BC's top full-length golf courses.

Tourism Abbotsford looks forward to what will replace the previous building and we will update everyone on future developments at Ledgeview Golf Course. Regardless of your swing (and the fire), there is a tee waiting for you this season!


Location:  35997 McKee Rd, Abbotsford, BC
Hours: Daily, 7am to 9pm
Website

Mennonite Heritage Museum is a Testament to Abbotsford Settlers

If you’ve driven past Clearbrook road eastbound on Highway 1, you may have noticed a beautiful white building with a black roof. This is Abbotsford’s Mennonite Heritage Museum, charged with preserving and exhibiting the Mennonite story from the 16th century to their settlement in the Fraser Valley.

Executive director Richard Thiessen said there are many modern-day themes visitors can draw from the Mennonite story—fleeing religious persecution, being nameless and homeless, becoming refugees, depending on the good will of strangers, and starting over in an unknown land.

Housed on what was once nicknamed Poverty Flats, the museum is a testament to the creativity, ingenuity, and hard work of the settlers.

The families who immigrated to Canada in the mid-1930s first landed in the Prairies but heard of the fertile land in Yarrow, BC and ventured west. Land in Yarrow was $150 an acre so they continued on to Abbotsford where land was available for $10 per acre.

Abbotsford land was considered relative wasteland. It had been clear-cut and the entire Clearbrook area was covered in stumps. The settling families worked as a community and practiced agriculture. After much trial and error they discovered the magic crop: raspberries. Once their land was productive they worked together to build churches, schools, and became founders of the community.

The Mennonite story is one of an enduring Christian faith through a tumultuous history. Settlement in the Fraser Valley has allowed their story to take root and flourish.

Thiessen said there are thousands of stories that need to be told—those who escaped Russia and Ukraine owe it to those who didn’t to tell their stories, because they don’t have a voice.

Open since January 22, 2016, the goals of the museum are to engage present and future generations with the Mennonite story through a variety of media, including permanent and temporary exhibits, film, and interactive digital displays.

Make sure to allow three hours in order to enjoy the entire museum. However, there are many ways to explore the exhibits in smaller chunks. If you focus on the outside walls you’ll have a chronological historical timeline of the Mennonite story. If you focus on the inside displays you’ll explore the various themes found in the timeline. And three to four times per year come to see the seasonal exhibits, which highlight various aspects of Mennonite history and faith. There will be a particular focus on how Mennonites have interacted with agriculture over the centuries.

As education is an important component of Mennonite faith, the museum also has digital yearbooks from every Mennonite school in British Columbia. Take a look through the interactive exhibit and find your parents or grandparents high school photo!

Address: 1818 Clearbook Road
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Admission by donation

Robyn Roste lives and works in Abbotsford. She loves telling stories and learning more about her city.

Colour in the Country



This spring marks the first year of the Abbotsford Tulip Festival--the only tulip festival in BC and tulip celebration in Canada located on a farm. Guests will experience 10 acres of beautiful, vibrant colour, featuring over 50 varieties and 2.5 million bulbs, and ample parking for over 1000 vehicles. The first few weeks of the festival have been a huge success with people travelling from all different area's of BC. 



The festival offers a covered picnic area, children’s play area, photo cut-out boards, fun food trucks (on weekends) and sections for friends and family to wander through the fields. Guests can pick their own flowers in the U- Pick field, purchase fresh cut tulips and order bulbs for planting in the fall. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring friends and family together and enjoy a warm spring afternoon at the festival here in Abbotsford. 



“We are very excited. It is going to be a fantastic experience and a great addition to all of the other things happening in Abbotsford this year. This family-friendly festival will highlight the beauty of the community and will give, yet, another reason for locals and visitors to get out and explore Abbotsford. Alexis’ vision is inspirational and we wish her and her team the very best, says Craig Nichols, Executive Director of Tourism Abbotsford.

For over 30 years, the Warmerdam family has been growing field tulips on Sumas Prairie and clearly, the passion started from an early age. This photo below is Alexis, at age 5 in her father’s tulip field taken by The Vancouver Sun. Now, at 26 years of age, Alexis has spent the last year preparing the new fields with the intention of providing a unique experience where guests can appreciate the tulips’ beauty amidst the Fraser Valley scenery.



“Our festival highlights community spirit, local agriculture and spring. I am excited to see this long-time dream become a reality and I'm looking forward to sharing my passion with our community!” says Alexis Warmerdam, Owner and Fourth Generation Dutch-Canadian Bulb Grower.

To learn more, visit www.abbotsfordtulipfestival.ca, call 604.751.6389 or follow the festival on Facebook and Instagram @abbotsfordtulipfestival or Twitter @AbbyTulipfestival #ColourInTheCountry

Fraser Valley Food Show & Gulten-Free Show

With more than 100 exhibit booths covering 1,000 square feet of the Abbotsford Tradex, this year’s Fraser Valley Food Show is back with something for everyone from the foodie to the gluten-free to the craft beer enthusiast.

New for this year’s show is the Edible Garden—for those interested in where their food comes from and also want to grow their own food—and the Spring Craft Market, hand-picked local artisans offering curated articles for outdoor living and entertaining needs.

And if you’re part of the ever-growing condo-dwelling population, there are special sessions and exhibits to help you create an apartment-appropriate deck garden or vertical planting system.

“Just because you have limited space doesn’t mean you can’t get into it too,” said event co-producer Heather Angeard.

Throughout the weekend there are ongoing seminars including the Great Canadian Sausage Making Competition on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and wine tasting and food pairing sessions with wine aficionado Kathleen Rake.

“One of my favourite things to do is have blue cheese and a sweet wine,” said Rake. “Even people who don’t like blue cheese end up liking it. It just works.”

Tasting seminars are included with admission and are first-come, first-served. Once you find your perfect pairing, you’ll find take-home bottles in the tasting area from local vendors. Also on the Grapes and Hops stage are exotic cocktail presentations by Bittered Sling Bitters and beer tastings with Just Here for the Beer.

Other showcase stages include the BC Pork Butcher Showcase Stage, the Dairy Farmers of Canada Cheese Seminars, and the Celebrity Cooking Stage featuring Food Network’s The Surreal Gourmet Chef Bob Blumer, Tojo’s Restaurant Chef Hidekazu Tojo, and The Inclusive Chef Dr. Theresa Nicassio.

The majority of the show’s presentations feature gluten-free cooking and there are a wealth of gluten-free ingredients and products available in the exhibition.

“People have told us it would take them a whole day going to different stores to get the amount of product they can get at the show,” said Angeard. “It’s a one-stop shop for gluten-free products.”

Admission includes access to the exhibition, Edible Garden, presentation stages, Great Canadian Sausage Making competition, seminars, restaurant pavilion, tasting gardens, Spring Craft Market, and the Gluten-Free Living Show.

Where: Tradex
When: April 1 (noon to 9 p.m.), April 2 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), April 3 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Cost: Adults $9, youth (ages 13-16), children (12 and under) free, seniors (65+) $7

Robyn Roste lives and works in Abbotsford. She loves telling stories and learning more about her city.

Easter Fun in Abbotsford

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and Easter in Abbotsford is just around the corner! Everyone’s excited for the Easter egg scavenger hunts, decorating and (who are we kidding) the loads of chocolate! With the long weekend coming up, this can help you plan! 

Easter Egg Decorating
March 19 / Chocolatas
We invite you to our first ever Easter Egg Decorating Day at our Abbotsford location with our very own Master Chocolatier Wim Tas. Contact ahead by phone 604-504-5957 or sales@chocolatas.com to pre-book.
#101 - 31060 Peardonville Rd. www.chocolatas.com

Meet the Easter Bunny
March 25 & 26 / Highstreet Shopping Centre
Snap a pic with the Easter Bunny, he'll be popping up on Friday & Saturday, 12pm - 4pm, with treats compliments of Purdy's Chocolatier.
3122 Mt. Lehman Rd. www.highstreetfv.com

Take a Selfie with the Easter Bunny
March 25 & 26 / Sevenoaks Shopping Centre
Visit Sevenoaks Shopping Centre and take a selfie with the Easter bunny, 11 am - 2 pm in the food court. Use #7oakseasterbunny @shopsevenoaks on Instagram for a chance to win a $25 Sevenoaks gift card!
32900 South Fraser Way www.shopsevenoaks.com

Easter Egg-stravaganza
March 26 & 27 / Maan Farms & Estate Winery
Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt and face-painting, contests, family activities, hay-wagon rides, prizes, yummy treats, and meet the Easter Bunny!!! B.Y.O.B (Bring your own Basket) or we have buckets available for purchase. While you’re here enjoy our great family attractions.
790 McKenzie Rd. www.maanfarms.com

Easter Celebration
March 26 & 27 / Ecodairy
Join us both days for an Easter Special! We will have a fun egg scavenger hunt for touring guests. Find all the eggs for a sweet treat! Coffee and tea provided. Stop by during our open hours: Saturday 10-4 & Sunday 11-4 Guided tours will be every hour on the half hour.
1356 Sumas Way www.ecodairy.ca

 

Spring Break in Abbotsford

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.

Day Activites


SPRING BREAK CAMPS + Events

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.

 

EcoDairy
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 info@ecodairy.ca for more information. Full week sign-ups are required, no one day only options.

 

5 Upcoming Events in Abbotsford

 

Guys and Dolls | March 2 – 5 

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy.  Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years.  Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown. Presented by Fraser Valley Stage.

Location: Abbotsford Arts Centre - 2329 Crescent Way
Website

 

BC Boat & Sportmen’s Show | March 4 – 6

Welcome to the 25th anniversary of the BC Boat & Sportsmen’s Show!
From the humble beginnings as the Vancouver Fishing & Outdoor Show back in 1991, to a venue change to Abbotsford as the Fraser Valley Boat & Sportmen’s Show in 1997, and the reveal of its new name as the BC Boat & Sportsmen’s Show in 2009. Two exciting shows for one low price. These two long-running shows are favourites of outdoorsmen and women from throughout the region. With fishing equipment retailers and manufacturers, boats of all sizes, camping gear, ATVs and accessories, hunting gear, camo clothing, retailers, outfitters and so much more, this is your shot to shop the show.

Location: Fraser Valley Tradex - 1190 Cornell Street
Website

 

Girls Fly Too | March 12 – 13

This annual events are part of an outreach initiative founded by BC pilot Kirsten Brazier in 2012. Brazier, a fixed-wing and helicopter pilot, is on a mission to share her passion for aviation and energize more females to discover the amazing opportunities available to them in aviation, aerospace and space. The free flights for female first-time fliers are a popular highlight at our annual events. So come down with your family to enjoy this two day event and discover the many other cool things available to do.

Location: Abbotsford International Airport - 30440 Liberator Ave
Website

 

Lord of Dance | March 23 at 7pm 

Bring the whole family to enjoy Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games. This performance is a spectacular new staging of the much-loved traditional master piece. The show stars James Keegan, Morgan Comer, Mathew Smith, Cathal Keaney, Fergal Keaney and Andras Kren as the “Lords of the Dance” and is choreographed and directed by Michael Flatley. “I’m blown away by the remarkable talent and abilities of the great cast we’ve gathered” says Michael.

Location: Abbotsford Centre - 33800 King Rd
Website

 

Abbotsford Tulip Festival | March 25 – May 1

Spring has arrived and our tulips are in bloom! The Abbotsford Tulip Festival welcomes everyone to join in the celebration of spring! Pack a picnic or visit one of the food trucks (weekends only) and enjoy a fun filled day with family and friends. With photo cut out boards, a covered picnic area and a children’s play area, there is something for everyone! For those looking to bring some of the beauty home, bouquets of fresh cut tulips will be available at our on-site flower market. For those who want the full farm experience, wander through our designated u-pick area and build a bouquet of your own. For the beginner or avid gardeners, bulbs may be ordered at the market and will be delivered in the fall.

Location: 36737 North Parallel Road
Website

For a full list of events, see our events calendar
 

Rogers Hometown Hockey comes to Abbotsford

Bring the family to celebrate Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour in our community of Abbotsford, BC! Meet Ron MacLean and NHL Alumni and show your community pride on live national TV. Former NHLer Brendan Morrison and award-winning Canadian country musician Chad Brownlee to join weekend festivities, along with special hometown heroes

Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour is the season’s go-to hockey festival. Bring the whole family down to Exhibition Park on Haida Drive for this two day event. There will be free activities, live music, and of course, lots of hockey! The entire festival will culminate with Ron MacLean hosting the broadcast of the Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks game AND the Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks games from our Sportsnet Mobile Studio with an outdoor viewing party. 

Location: Abbotsford Exhibition Park 32470 Haida Dr. Abbotsford, BC

Time & Dates: Saturday, February 20th - Festival opens from 12pm to 6pm
                           Sunday, February 21st - Festival opens at 11am and runs through the                              end of the double-header outdoor viewing party. 

                         Calgary Flames vs. Anaheim Ducks, 3:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)
                         Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks, 6:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

Website: www.rogershometownhockey.com #hometownhockey

Valentine’s Day in Abbotsford

The Cutest Couple Photo Contest at HighStreet

Feb 1 – 13
Bring your Valentine to Highstreet Starbucks or Marshalls Lobby for a photo. Share it on Instagram with #HS_CutestCouple, or email the photo to info@highstreetfv.com. You could win a free Date Night with lattes for two at Highstreet Starbucks and a movie at Cineplex Theatres! Let’s make this Valentine’s the cutest ever! A total of 20 prizes will be awarded in a random draw. Rules and Regs available at highstreetfv.com/events

 

Chocolate Dipping Extravaganza at ChocolaTas

Sat, Feb 13th 10am – 5pm 
Your invited to bring your own strawberries to the Abbotsford location for a chocolate dipping extravaganza! Their very own Master Chocolatier Wim Tas, will assist you in creating the most unique "DIY" Valentine's gift!  For $15/person, you can bring up to 1 dozen strawberries for dipping into our very own tempered chocolate. Contact sales@chocolatas.com or by phone 604-504-5957 to book your 30 minute time slot!

 

Brunch at Tanglebank Gardens & Brambles Bistro

Sun, Feb 14th 10am – 2pm
Don’t miss out on reserving your spot for the Sweetheart Sunday Brunch in Brambles Bistro. Everyone is welcome, including kids. The white chocolate french toast with raspberry coulis & orange chantilly cream topped with roasted hazelnuts sounds amazing! See menu here

 

Dinner at Restaurant 62

Sat, Feb 13th & Sun, Feb 14th 5pm & 730pm
Enjoy a 3 course dinner at 5pm or 5 course dinner at 730pm both Saturday and Sunday. Their delicious menu features the freshest local ingredients. Also, they’re one of our Circle Farm Tour partners! We advise making reservations soon. See menu here

 

Dancing at Suburban Swing Dance

Sun, Feb 14 7:30pm – 11:30pm
Western Canada's oldest and largest swing dance club is here in Abbotsford and has been entertaining dancers since 2000. Specializing in East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, and Balboa, they offer swing dance lessons every Sunday! The Abbotsford Social Activity Association, known as the ASAA, is also the home of Suburban Swing.

February Events in Abbotsford

Here are a few great events happening in Abbotsford for the month of February. From Hometown Hockey & Harlem Globetrotters to Gallery 7 performances & Home and Garden Show! For a full list of events, see the Tourism Abbotsford Calendar.  


The Giver by Gallery 7  Jan 29-30 | Feb 3-6

The Giver is set in a futuristic, utopian society where there is no war or misery, and each citizen is assigned their role in the community by the elders, young Jonas is surprised to learn that he has been chosen to receive special training from The Giver, the keeper of all memories of true joy and pain. The Gallery 7 season runs from September to July of each year and features a full schedule of main stage productions, guest performances, a workshop series, and a summer drama camp program for children and teens. Tickets are available here.

 

Fraser Valley Home and Garden Show Feb 12-14

One of Western Canada’s largest home and garden expos comes to Tradex in Abbotsford. What is known as the Fraser Valley’s premier building, renovation and décor event will have an extensive array of interior and exterior products for your home! As well, two theatre sections will feature Louis Henry of Pair Home Design and Brian Minter, Owner of Minter Country Gardens in Chilliwack. Don’t miss out on entering for the prize give away while you’re there – A Whistler Vacation package for 2.

 

Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour Feb 20 - 21

Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour which is the season’s go-to hockey festival is coming to the City of Abbotsford. Bring the whole family down to Exhibition Park on Haida Drive for this two day event. It will have free activities, live music, a chance to meet NHL Alumni and of course, lots of hockey! The entire festival will culminate with Ron MacLean hosting the broadcast of the Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks game AND the Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks games from our Sportsnet Mobile Studio.

 

Harlem Globe Trotters Feb 26 at 7:00pm

Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters, presented regionally by CTMS Travel, will bring their unrivaled family show to Abbotsford Centre. On the court, the Globetrotters’ 90-year celebration will feature some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet. With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm– plus female stars TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu* – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Look out for a ticket give-a-way next week!


Pet Lover Show Feb 27

The fourth annual Pet Lovers Show comes to Tradex in Abbotsford.  If you are an animal lover, be here to check out the many featured events, seminars and prizes. There will be an amazing dog stage, weird and wonderful stage as well as the TICA cat show, rabbit agility, barnyard experience and more! The Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) will be there for you as well. If you need a room for you and your pooch, Coast Hotel is the host hotel and is pet friendly!