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


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 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


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


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


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


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

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!

Sip, Savour and Share

The Abbotsford Specialty Beer and Wine Tour came to fruition as a way to showcase and educate about our newly developing industry of craft breweries and wineries. While tasting and touring, take time to discover the unique flavours of our valley. Read more about our Beer & Wine tour partners below.



Come taste the flavours of what’s believed to be the oldest known alcoholic beverage, Mead or Honey Wine was first discovered by the Samarians in Mesopotamia thousands of years ago. The romantic tradition of offering mead to newlyweds led to the sweet potion being known as the “drink of love” in the middle ages. 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).

Tasting Room Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12pm–6pm, Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 12pm–5pm


Maan Farms Market & Estate Winery 

Maan Farms Estate Winery, a culmination of three generations of farmers, has brought forth a taste with true distinction. Their wines begin with only the most luscious and flavoursome handpicked berries. Loyal to the Fraser Valley, these complex yet elegant wines capture the delicate accents, and indulge the senses with a wine that incorporates the finest flavours of British Columbia. From the ground to your glass, Maan Farms’ wines are solely produced here, leaving no room for anything less than the best that we have to offer.

Tasting Room Hours: Closed until Spring


Mt. Lehman Winery 

This is a family owned boutique winery specializing in small lots of premium naturally made wines. Mount Lehman winery has 15 acres planted to a variety of grapes including Pinot noir (flagship wine), Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, and a smattering of others. Today, they’re well known for their award winning wines, and commitment to growing a local, family run business. Come tour the beautiful farm and vineyard and drop by the tasting room to sample their unique award winning wines. Photo Credit: Christine McAvoy

Tasting Room Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12pm to 5pm

Old Abbey Ales 

At Old Abbey Ales, their thing is beer, and the master brewer Tony skillfully crafts every batch by hand, producing what is believed are some of the finest beers in the market. The main reason for the brewery was to have a demonstration brewery so customers buying brewing equipment could actually see the equipment in action. Customers can purchase a full turn-key brewery from Brew-Stuff, and then learn how to use it at Old Abbey Ales. In staying true to their mission, all of our beers are bottle conditioned, thus creating natural carbonation, producing what we call Real Ale. Check out their 22 beers on tap!

Tasting Room Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11am to 7pm


Ravens Brewing Company 

Ravens Brewing Company is inspired by the agricultural roots surrounding the Abbotsford area. Head Brewer Nick Fengler, a Fraser Valley local and resident, with his vast knowledge and creativity, was brought on to help create beers that focus on utilizing traditional and locally sourced ingredients to produce European inspired West Coast beers. They are committed to working with neighbours using locally sourced ingredients to create the Ground to Glass series, featuring the popular Raspberry Hefeweizen with whole raspberries picked within 3 km of the brewery. They look forward to welcoming you into their tasting room. Photo Credit: Christine McAvoy

Tasting Room Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 12pm – 6pm Friday & Saturday 12pm – 7pm and Sundays 1pm – 5pm


Single Tree Winery 

Singletree Winery is a family owned estate vineyard and winery. The site where the farm is located is rich in farming history, with activity starting in the late 1800’s. The warm summers and mild winters of the Fraser Valley climate make it an ideal growing region, and Mt. Lehman’s bountiful soils also create the perfect conditions for growing lush, bumper crops of fruits and vegetables. With this in mind, they realized the potential for Mt. Lehman to be a heart of agri-business in BC. They’re proud of the focused portfolio of wines, crafted by a second generation family member Andrew Etsell, made in Summerland under the guidance of winemaker Matt Dumayne. Taste a new generation of wine from an emerging region. Photo Credit: Christine McAvoy

Tasting Room Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12pm to 5:30pm

Download your copy of the the Speciality Beer & wine tour map.


Low Fare Flights with NewLeaf

NewLeaf Travel is Canada’s newest low-cost air travel company. Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) will soon offer regular routes (running weekly or biweekly) to Regina, Winnipeg and Saskatoon which is exciting news for many residents and travellers in BC and surrounding regions. 

" We want to spread the love to Canada’s smaller airports because of their laid back atmosphere, cheaper parking and awesome baggage handling. " - NewLeaf

To keep costs down, they will sell tickets directly to the customers through www.flynewleaf.ca and a small number of exclusive partners. NewLeaf is partnered with Flair Airlines, a Kelowna based charter airline who has been flying since 2003. Currently, they will be using the Boeing 737-400 which seats 150 persons. The airline is well known for their service and knowledgeable maintenance crew. 

The company has plans to potentially expand routes to specific American destinations although they have no plans to expand this service to Vancouver International Airport. We are very hopefully to see more people travelling to and from Abbotsford, BC. 

Desintations Included for the February 12th lauch date are:

Abbotsford International Airport (YXX)
Kelowna International Airport (YLW)
Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (YXE)
Regina International Airport (YQR)
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG)
John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM)
Halifax International Airport (YHZ)

Images from NewLeaf Travel Airlines

Fraser Valley Rings in the New Year

Did you know Abbotsford hosted the second annual Fraser Valley First Night? Thousands of residents from the Fraser Valley and surrounding Metro Vancouver communities were at Tradex in Abbotsford on December 31st to ring in the New Year.

The Fraser Valley First Night 2016 was attended by over 3700 guests. The family-friendly event featured midway rides, climbing wall, live entertainment, Tumblebus, Creative Cube, inflatable kid’s activities, face painting, balloon drop, and a midnight fireworks display.  And judging by the response from guests throughout the evening, the event struck a chord with many people who are looking for something affordable to do in the Valley with their families on New Year’s.

“This was our second year hosting the event, it has been so much fun to be surrounded by so many families enjoying such a special evening together in a safe, warm, family-friendly environment,” said Craig Nichols, Executive Director of the Tourism Abbotsford Society. ”The team here is excited to begin plans for next year.”

Highlights of the evening also included free family photos courtesy of North Pole BC, a magic show by Gary Savard, and the opportunity for kids in attendance to learn some new dance moves under the instruction of Lorissa Arndt.

“The evening would not have been as successful without the support of the City of Abbotsford, our great community sponsors, and a large team of volunteers. A big thank you is owed to them.” Parking for the event was free courtesy of Fraserway RV, Sky Helicopters provided a prize draw of a helicopter tour, and the City of Abbotsford provided the outdoor stage.

Be sure to mark your calendars for next years celebration! 

Photo Credit: Abbotsford News | See full gallery of images here.

Three Holiday Appetizers from Abbotsford Farms

This season, preparing a gorgeous, delicious, and local holiday appetizer or hostess gift doesn’t have to break the bank and is easier than you think! Here are three amazing appetizer suggestions from local Abbotsford farms. 

Rockweld Farm

BCSPCA certified organic chicken farmers Tim and Flo Rempel sell eggs and chicken (whole or pierced) from their farm store on Townshipline Road. Located at 34205 Townshipline Road. Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Teriyaki Chicken Wings (click for recipe)

• Rockweld Farm chicken wings
• 2 parts teriyaki sauce
• 1 part barbeque sauce


Lepp Farm Market

Specializing in pork, the family-run farm launched as a corn stand in 1995. In 2009 they opened their year-round farm market at the corner of Highway 11 and Clayburn Road. Located at 33955 Clayburn Road, open seven days a week 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Smoked Chorizo paired perfectly with Abbotsford’s Campbell’s Gold Honey, this spicy, sweet, and highly addictive dish is great for taking to any Holiday party.

Lepp's Honey Wine Chorizo (click for recipe) 

• 2 Lepp’s Chorizo Sausage
• ½ cup white wine
• 3 tablespoons Campbell’s Gold Honey


Mt.Lehman Cheese Co.

The Dykstra family aims to provide high quality, hand-crafted cheese using fresh milk from local farms with as few other ingredients as possible. Located at 30854 Olund Road. Products are available at 37 retailers including Lepp Farm Market and Nature’s Fare.

Goat Cheese and Goji Berry Wrap (click for recipe)

• Mt. Lehman Cheese garlic and herb chevre
• Mt. Lehman Cheese Matsqui aged cheddar
• Gojoy Fresh goji berries
• Sundried tomato soft tortilla shell
• 1 chicken breast

All three of these farms are part of Abbotsford's Circle Farm Tour.

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

North Pole BC Brings the Magic of Christmas to Life

This year’s North Pole BC Festival of Christmas at the Fraser Valley Tradex is bigger and better than ever.

Aside from the familiar Christmas elements like meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus, decorating cookies at the Gingerbread Bakery, mailing a letter at the North Pole Post Office, and attending the Elven School of Secret Skills, there are lots of new activities for children of any age to enjoy.

“We’re bringing back the warmth and magic of Christmas,” said creative director Victoria Hardy.

Some of the new exhibits at this year’s North Pole BC include Prancer’s Pantomime, Creation Station, and Tinsel Town for toddlers.The cast for this year’s indoor Festival of Christmas is sure to enchant your entire family or group.

There will be ample photo opportunities with popular cast members Snow Princess, Miss Candy Cane, Toy Soldier, Town Crier, and more. And be sure to participate in the festival-wide scavenger hunt—you never know what you’ll discover within the interactive displays!

North Pole BC’s Festival of Christmas runs from December 4 through 23. Tickets are $15 including tax for those 24 months and older. Although available at the door, booking ahead is advised. Visit northpolebc.com for schedule, hours, availability, and tickets. Parking is $6 with $2 going to the Abbotsford Food Bank. Parking on December 10th is free.

North Pole BC’s Festival of Christmas is part of Tourism Abbotsford’s Passport to Christmas. Use your online e-guide to lead you through the local experiences that will elevate your holiday spirit! Download the full guide and share your passport adventures by tagging #ExploreAbbotsford on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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