5 Places to take your kids in Abbotsford



Maan Farms

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
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Castle Fun Park

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
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Eco Dairy

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
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Birchwood Dairy

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
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Play Abby

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
Website 

If you're looking for more family-friendly activies and adventures, check out our 107 Days of Summer guide. 

107 Days of Summer



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! 

A special Sunday spent in Abbotsford

We love showing Mom how much we care, but after a while the flowers, brunches, and cards start feeling repetitive. This year are you looking for something a little off the beaten path? There are many creative, unique, and local ways to inject laughter and love into Mother’s Day.

Here are our top ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in Abbotsford.

1. Stroll Abbotsford’s Discovery Trail

Taking an afternoon wander is a great way to spend Mother’s Day together. Connecting east and west Abbotsford, the Discovery Trail’s paved corridors wind through forests and parks and around ponds. Enjoy walking, running, rollerblading, or cycling. Stop for a picnic lunch or to Instagram a few photos on your urban adventure. Download trail map here.

 

2. Wine Tasting at Singletree Winery

What better way to celebrate Mom than with a wine tasting at Abbotsford’s Singletree Winery? The tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 5:30 p.m. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic, pick up a bottle of wine, and enjoy the beautiful view of Mount Baker. Photo credit: Christine McAvoy

 

3. Shopping at the Market by Spruce Collective

Enjoy the Market by Spruce Collective in their new location at 2619 Montrose Ave. Featuring the Spruce Collective plus nine hand-picked vendors displaying eclectic vintage and antiques, this is not your average antique mall. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m.

 

4. Free Photo with Mom at High Street

On May 8 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. round up your family for free Mother’s Day photos at Highstreet. Enjoy the make-up touches by Sephora, complimentary 5x7” print from London Drugs, and professional posing from photographer Tanya Goehring. Photo credit: Highstreet

 

5. Explore the Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour

From busy buzzing bees to blooming flowers, the Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour offers a farm fresh, honey sweet experience! Country markets feature quality poultry, local produce, flavoured honey, gourmet ice cream, & hand crafted soaps. Two nurseries have beautiful display gardens, plants of all sorts, home & garden décor, & unique gifts. Enjoy home cooking or upscale cuisine at Abbotsford’s favourite restaurants, or visit one of the wineries! Brochure available here. 

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

Abbotsford’s Run for Water Adds 10K Trail Run

Maegen Mckay remembers the instant she knew what she wanted to do with her life. It was in ninth grade when she volunteered for the Envision Financial Run for Water.

“I got my T-shirt and it was cool, I still have it,” she said. “It was the moment I realized what I was passionate about.”Stationed in a remote area on the Half Marathon route, she and a few friends had the task of cheering on racers and passing out water.

“It was really exciting. We felt like we belonged and were making a difference in the community.” Mckay said until this experience she didn’t realize young people could make a difference.

The Run for Water Assembly program impacts 10,000 Fraser Valley students every year. Executive director Peg Peters said the program’s goal is to teach global citizenship, what it means to give back, and how to respond to the water crisis in Africa.

Culminating in Abbotsford’s premiere running event, Run for Water, this year’s event projects 4,500 runners participating in the 5K Fun Run, 10K Run, Half Marathon, Ultra Marathon, and, new for 2016, 10K Trail Race.

Showcasing incredible vistas of the Fraser Valley and Mission, this single-track trail on Sumas Mountain features more than 600 metres of elevation gain. Peters said he expects 150 to 200 trail runners for this aggressive race.

The $125 race fee each trail runner must raise will cover one family’s water needs in Sasiga, Ethiopia for life. The Run for Water Society plans to drill 10 new wells in Sasiga with the money raised from this year’s run.

“What excites me is to stand at the starting line of this brand-new race and to know every single runner is representing a family in Sasiga that will be getting clean water,” he said.

Now in its ninth year, Run for Water has raised $1,650,000 from 22,645 participating runners. When registering, runners agree to raise different amounts based on which run they’re participating in. Every dollar raised goes towards the water projects as local sponsors and the Run for Water board cover all event costs.

“It’s a great example of these companies in our community who love the event, want to get involved, and want to give back,” Peters said.

This year, Mckay plans to run the 10K here and has started training for a special Run for Water in November. Now in her first year studying global development at University of the Fraser Valley, Mckay has been invited to travel to Ethiopia with Run for Water donors and see first-hand the work being done. She will also take part in a special run, travelling five to eight kilometres per day for 10 days.

“The thought of getting to run in Ethiopia is going to be life changing,” she said. Mckay said she’s excited to bridge the gap between Abbotsford and Ethiopia as well as get the chance to do hands-on work.

“The mentorship and the skills I’ve learned from people such as Peg have inspired me. They’re the people who have helped me realize what I’m passionate about.”

On Saturday May 28 the 10K Trail Race and Ultra Marathon take place. Sunday, May 29 features the Half Marathon, 10K Run, and 5K Fun Run events. If you are looking to stay in Abbotsford for the weekend, check out the stay packages here.

Visit runforwater.ca for more information and to register to run or volunteer.

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

5 May Events in Abbotsford

ABBOTSFORD FARM & COUNTRY MARKET | SATURDAY’S

You’ll discover new varieties of fresh local produce; international award-winning jams; and a wide range of food products that are not available in stores.  Plus fresh cut flowers, handmade jewellery, handcrafted soaps, and more.

Location:  Montrose Avenue at George Ferguson Way
Hours: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Website

HANDPICKED VINTAGE MARKET | MAY 6-7, 2016

The Handpicked Vintage Market has over 70 vintage, pop-up and artisan vendors. There will be awesome live music to enjoy. Food trucks will be on the premises. Bring your Moms, daughters, girlfriends and the men in your life.

Location:  Abbotsford Exhibition Park - 32470 Haida Drive
Hours: Friday 4pm to 10pm Saturday 10am to 4pm
Admission $5.00 |Children Free |Free Parking
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ENVISION COFFEE HOUSE SERIES | MAY 14 , 21 & 28

The Envision Financial Coffee House Concert and Concert in the Park Series, presented by the Abbotsford Arts Council (AAC) in partnership with Envision Financial, is an annual initiative providing opportunities for local artists to perform in relaxed and casual atmospheres while the community enjoys various musical genres ranging from jazz, blues and folk to country, rock and pop.

Location: TBA
Website

COASTAL SWAP MEET | MAY 27 & 28

Welcome to the Annual “Coastal Swap Meet”. What started out as a small gathering of car enthusiasts cleaning out old car parts, has grown into one of the biggest automotive themed swap meets in Western Canada.

Location: Tradex Trade & Exhibition Centre - 1190 Cornell Street
Hours: friday 2pm to 9pm & Saturday 8am to 4pm
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ENVISION RUN FOR WATER | MAY 29 

Run for Water Society is a non-profit organization that raises money for clean water projects in Ethiopia. For the 9th year, Envision Financial Run for Water is hosting a multi-distance race event, including an Ultra Marathon, half Marathon, 10k Run, and 5k Fun Run. When you register to run, you have the option of running solo, or creating a team to run together. The new Trail Run portion on Sumas Mountain will take place May 28th, 2016. 

Location: Mill Lake Park - 33015 Bevan Avenue
Hours: 6:30am - 12:00pm
Website & Registration

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