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Abbotsford [1] lies immediately north of the US-Canadian border, about a 2 1/2 hour drive north of Seattle, WA and a 1 hour drive east of Vancouver. Situated in the heart of the Fraser Valley, one of the most geographically stunning regions of British Columbia, Abbotsford is an agriculture-based City with a population of approximately 135,000. It is a popular visitor stopover point for U.S. travellers north bound to the Yukon and Alaska and Canadians travelling east and west along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) [2]

Abbotsford is served by the second largest airport in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. YXX's motto is "a good hassle free alternative" to Vancouver International (YVR), with daily, non-stop flights to and from: Edmonton, Calgary, and Victoria, plus connections and stop over flights to other domestic and international destinations. Weekly winter charter flights are offered to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Scheduled airlines include Airspeed Aviation and WestJet. Transat Holidays is the primary tour operator.

In-Terminal auto rentals include Avis, Budget and National.

Taxi service is available, but there is no shuttle or transit service.

YXX is approximately 80 minutes away from YVR, 60 minutes from downtown Vancouver, 10 minutes from the city centre of Abbotsford, 2 1/2 hours from Whistler, 45 minutes from Harrison Hot Springs, and 40 minutes from Bellingham Airport (BLI) in Washington state.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound, [3]. Connects Abbotsford with many cities, including Langley, Chilliwack, and Vancouver as well as many other destinations. The bus depot is located approximately 15 minutes drive from the Airport and is about 2 km from downtown Abbotsford.
  • Translink [4] / ValleyMAX [5]

Abbotsford can be reached by public transit from Vancouver and Surrey. Translink's Route #502 (Surrey Central to Aldergrove via Langley Centre) connects to ValleyMAX Route #21 (Aldergrove Connector) at 272nd St & Fraser Hwy in Aldergrove.

The fare from Abbotsford to Aldergrove is $2.25. There are no transfers between ValleyMAX and Translink. The Translink fare on weekdays before 630PM is $2.75 to Surrey, $4:00 to New Westminster / Burnaby, and $5.50 to Vancouver. Evenings and all day weekends and holidays, the Translink fare is a flat $2.75. (Adult)

By train[edit]

  • West Coast Express [6]

Located 15 minutes north of Abbotsford in Mission, this commuter rail service travels westbound to Vancouver during the morning rush hour and eastbound to Mission during the evening rush hour, with a couple of additional off-peak bus trips. Fare prices for travel to & from Vancouver Waterfront Station are: $12.25 one-way / $23.00 return (Adult)

Via Rail technically provides passenger train service to Abbotsford, although it is serviced only by westbound trains on the Toronto - Vancouver 'Canadian' operating 2-3 days/week, and the "station" (just a sign post) is well to the north of the city in an agricultural area. Eastbound trains stop in Mission.

Get around[edit]

Abbotsford is rather spread out, so a car is very helpful.

The City does have a public transit bus system that can get visitors between major shopping areas and around the area. For routes and schedules, visit the official site, http://www.bctransit.com/regions/cfv/. In addition to connecting to Aldergrove, the transit system provides regular service north to Mission and south to Huntingdon at the US border. ValleyMax fares are $2.25 (adult - valid for up to 90 minutes for travel on ValleyMAX route(s)) or $5.65 (day pass).

The widest selection of auto rentals are available at and near the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX). Some auto rentals are located within the City.

See[edit][add listing]

Abbotsford is well known for its Agri-Tourism attractions. Tourism Abbotsford publishes annually a Circle Farm Tour Guide highlighting some of British Columbia's most unique rural attractions during the summer. A winter version of the publication is available, named Passport to Christmas.

Other popular activities include visiting Clayburn Village Store for tea or coffee, learning about our pioneer heritage at Trethewey House Museum and unique shopping in Historic Downtown Abbotsford. For kids, the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery and Castle Fun Park are popular spots.

Abbotsford boosts some of the finest sports facilities and parks in British Columbia which are popular among visitors. Known also as "Sports Town Canada," Abbotsford attracts dozens of provincial and national sports events annually. The Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League play at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Center from October through April.

During a visit to Abbotsford, be sure to learn more about the City's history, attractions and ethnic diversity by stopping at one of the City's two Visitor Centres on Sumas Way (Highway 11) and domestic arrivals lounge in the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) Terminal.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Abbotsford International Air Show, (Trans-Canada Highway 1 to exit 87 (Clearbrook), follow signs for airshow to King Road.), [8]. Held the second weekend in August, it attracts visitors from all over the world. Flight demonstrations primarily by Canadian and US craft. Static displays of aircraft, Canadian Forces units, and local police and RCMP detachments. $25/person, up to maximum $80/vehicle.  edit
  • The Dog Show at Tradex in is one of the biggest in Canada
  • Agrifair is a popular country fair and rodeo. It is held annually on B.C. Day long weekend.
  • Vancouver Motor Cycle Show is one of the largest of its kind in Canada held annually in February at Tradex.
  • Berry Festival at the end of July celebrates Abbotsford's status as the "Berry Capital of Canada."
  • Lotusland Vineyards tasting & tour, 28450 King Road, +1-(604) 857-4188 (, fax: +1-(604) 856 8299). Weds-Sat 11-17h, Sun-Mon 12-17h.. Grape and fruit wines, made from organic local fruit. Previously known as "A'Very Fine Winery", playing on the names of the owners, Liz and David Avery. Book winery tours 1-2 weeks in advance for groups of 6 or more. Tasting fees waived with purchase. Tasting $2/person, tour+tasting $10/person.  edit

Shopping[edit]

For a unique shopping experience, be sure to check out Historic Downtown Abbotsford and Clayburn Village Store in the community of Clayburn Village.

For the literary crowd, Hemingway's New and Used Bookstore, located in the heart of Historic Downtown Abbotsford, has one of the largest selections of new and used books in the area. Specializing in fiction and military history, the store holds thousands of titles in numerous categories, and is open 7 days a week.

Rural retailers can be found throughout the City's agricultural areas. Refer to the Passport to Christmas and Circle Farm Tour Guide available at one of two Visitor Centres on Sumas Way (Highway 11) or in the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) Terminal.

Abbotsford boasts many large shopping plazas, plus one indoor mall - Sevenoaks Shopping Centre. Almost all of Canada's major retailers can be found in Abbotsford.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are many places to eat in Abbotsford.

  • Ekos is located in Historic Downtown Abbotsford. This eatery has many fine selections.
  • Restaurant 62, 2001 McCallum Road (In the Gateway Building), +1-604-855-3545, [9]. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am; Brunch:Sun 10am; Dinner Sun-Sat 5pm. Executive Chef Jeff Massey (former restaurant Chef of "Coast" seafood restaurant in Yaletown and also Cioppino's) prepares a variety of dishes utilizing local ingredients. Fraser Valley duck duo, pan seared breast of duck over local vegetables with handpicked blackberry jus and confit of duck leg over pistachio whipped potatoes. Restaurant 62 also boasts an award-winning wine list with over 200 selections from around the world, and 20 single and blended malts  edit
  • Q Steakhouse, #100 - 2955 Gladwin Road, +1-604-870-9322 (), [10]. Tue–Fri lunch 11:30AM–2PM; Tue–Sat dinner from 5PM; Sun–Mon closed. Contemporary cuisine. A menu long on steaks and high-end cooking, overseen by Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCC) Mike Dicks. Successor to Quazines. Dinner entrées $20-35.  edit
  • Dragon Fort, 2421 Pauline Street, 604-852-6891. Fantastic Chinese place with excellent lunch specials.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Duke of Dublin Irish Pub, 33720 South Fraser Way, (604) 746-2000, [11]. A cozy Irish pub in the centre of town, the Duke is a great place to grab a few drinks with friends. They often feature live music too.  edit
  • Airfare Lounge, 33790 Essendene Avenue, (604) 217-2707. Great small bar in the middle of downtown Abbotsford, open seven days a week. Drink specials start at $2, and there is often live music (every Wednesday local band Harma White puts on a fantastic show).  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Sweet Dreams Luxury Inn, 32288 King Road, Abbotsford, British Columbia, 604-851-5101, just south of Highway #1, [12]. Beautiful location whose ratings go beyond the "Stars". Innkeepers Dorothy and Friesen, go out of their way to provide a place of tranquility and luxurious comfort that will truly give you "sweet dreams".
  • Super 8 Abbotsford, 1881 Sumas Way Exit 92 off #1 Trans Canada Hwy, 604-853-1141, [13] Offers 99 rooms,58 in the new hotel addition,and 41 in the motel section. All with fridges and microwaves. Kitchen suites, Indoor Waterslide/pool, free breakfast included. Surrounded by several restaurants and shopping. Children 17 and under free with accompanying adult.
  • Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
  • Best Western Regency Inn & Conference Centre
  • Best Western Bakerview
  • Coast Abbotsford Hotel & Suites, 2020 Sumas Way, 604-853-1880, [14].
  • Comfort Inn'
  • Alpine Motor Inn
  • For budget travellers, Columbia Bible College[15] offers its dorms for overnight accommodation from May through August.
  • For RV travellers, Walmart offers free overnight parking.
  • Casa Jolo B&B, 34826 Marshall Road, Abbotsford BC, V2S 7S2, 6048558992, [16]. Conveniently located near Highway #1 is a charming place for stay. Attractive packages for guests.  edit

Get out[edit]

Routes through Abbotsford
VancouverLangley  W noframe E  ChilliwackKamloops
ENDMission  N noframe S  → Canada-US border - Sumas → Seattle


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