Abbotsford is in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. It is right next to Greater Vancouver and the United States. It is the third most diverse city in the country. It is the largest city outside of Greater Vancouver.
Abbotsford is often a stop for people on their way to Vancouver or Alaska. It has a lot of history and is rich in culture. But it’s well worth it to stay in the city for a few days.
Abbotsford is not only a busy place, but also a beautiful one because it is surrounded by such beautiful nature. It has a lot to offer tourists, both in terms of culture and agriculture.
Let’s look at what’s best to do in Abbotsford:
1. Walk around an art gallery
The Reach Gallery Museum, which is both an art gallery and a museum, is one of the best places to visit in the city. Walk around the gallery and look at the amazing art on display.
The Reach Gallery Museum shows art from all over the world, as well as art from Canada. Its permanent collection is mostly made up of works by local, regional, and national artists, while special exhibitions feature works by artists from all over the world.
The 6,096-square-meter gallery and museum is run by a group that doesn’t make money, so it’s free to go inside. Go to the gallery and get lost in the beautiful art there.
2. Visit a shrine
The Gur Sikh Temple is the oldest Sikh temple not only in the United States, but in all of North America. All people should go there because it is a National Historic Site.
The first Sikhs moved to the area in 1908, which is when the temple was built. Since then, it has been fixed up to become what it is now.
This temple is worth going to, no matter if you are Sikh or follow another religion. The museum in the basement about the history of the Sikh community in the area is also interesting.
3. Go back to the past
The well-known Trethewey family had the arts and crafts Trethewey House Heritage Site Museum built in 1920. The bungalow is now a historic site where you can go back in time.
When you go to the museum, you can see things from the 1920s. You will also learn about the family’s history and who started the Abbotsford Lumber Company.
Drop-in tours with a guide are available between 1 and 4 p.m., and tours for bigger groups can be set up ahead of time. You can also take a walk through the beautiful gardens.
4. Take a walk.
Over 98 kilometers of urban trails are spread out over 1045 hectares of parkland in Abbotsford. Go for a walk through any kind of terrain you want.
There are trails by lakes, on mountains, in forests, and in many other places. You can choose how hard the hike is and what kind of scenery you want to see, and then enjoy a beautiful afternoon hike.
Mill Lake Park, which is right in the middle of Abbotsford, is one of the most popular places to go for a walk. Try DeLair Park or Clayburn Creek Park if you want to go a little further.
5. Let the children play.
If you take your kids to the city, make sure to take them to the Castle Fun Park to play. This park with a castle theme is open all year, but summer is the best time to go.
There are some exciting things to do inside and outside the park. The laser maze is very popular, as are go karting, mini golf, and bumper cars.
Try your luck at the batting cages, driving range, and arcade, too. The kids can also try a skill game, go on a virtual roller coaster, or go bowling.
6. Go hiking in the mountains
Sumas Mountain is just northeast of Abbottsford, and you can hike there. The hiking trail is 13.5 kilometers round trip and takes about 6.4 hours to hike.
Hike along the trail to learn more about the mountains and take in the beautiful views. You can’t camp along the trail, so plan to spend the day there.
Parts of the trail are narrow and go through a forest and a ravine. Other parts are covered with gravel. It is marked the whole way, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost.
7. Get your adrenaline pumping
Sumas Mountain, which has 22 different mountain bike trails, is also the best place to do this. These trails range from easy to very hard, so make sure you pick the right one.
Rock Diva is the hardest trail in the mountain. It is a double black diamond and is about 882 kilometers long. Squid Line is the easiest trail because most of it goes down the mountain.
A few parking lots are near the beginning of many of the trails. At the top of Lookout Trail, there is also a lookout point with great views of the Fraser Valley.
8. Connect with nature.
The Golden Ears Provincial Park is also outside of the city, but it is worth the trip. The twin peaks in the 556-square-kilometer park gave it its name.
One of the best places in the area to connect with nature is the Golden Ears Provincial Park. It has five places to camp, and two of them can only be reached on foot.
In the park, there is a large network of hiking trails that will please any nature lover. There are also trails for horseback riding that are about 20 km long.
9. Visit a vineyard
The farming in Abbottsford, which includes vineyards, is well known. In fact, you can take a tour of three wineries right in Abbottsford.
With over six hectares of pinot noir and chardonnay grape trees, Mt. Lehman Winery might be the best of the bunch. It is a winery that has won awards and has tasting rooms.
Since the late 1800s, Singletree Winery has been making mostly white wines. There is also Maan Farms Estate Winery, which makes wine from grapes as well as blueberry, blackberry, and strawberry berries.
10. Take a look at planes
Every year on the second weekend of August, the Abbotsford International Air Show is held. It’s the biggest air show in Canada, and plane fans will love it.
Go to the Abbotsford International Airport and watch planes fly by. You can also get close to planes and talk to the pilots.
The Snowbirds, the Blue Angels, the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, and the SkyHawks parachute team are some of the best parts of the show. A static display and a fireworks show are also there.