Abbotsford  lies immediately north of the US-Canadian border, about a 2 1/2 hour drive north of Seattle, WA. Situated in 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 stop over point for U.S. travellers north bound to the Yukon and Alaska and Canadians travelling east and west along the Trans-Canada Highway.
Via the Trans-Canada Highway (Route 1), it is about a 60 minute drive east of Vancouver, BC in good traffic.
Abbotsford is approximately a 2 1/2 hours drive north of Seattle, WA.
By Train and Bus
Greyhound Canada provides a scheduled service to Abbotsford.
Via Rail provides train service to Abbotsford (note, when booking the station is listed under "Matsqui, BC").
Abbotsford is served by the second largest airport in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Abbotsford International Airport (YXX). YXX is a good hassle free alternative to Vancouver International (YVR), with daily, non-stop flights to and from: Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto (seasonal) 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 Air Canada, 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 service. The Greyhound bus depot in Abbotsford is apprxomately a $15 taxi fare from the Airport. From the Abbotsford Greyhound Depot service is available to most communities throughout British Columbia, including Whistler Ski Resort.
YXX is approximately 80 minutes away from YVR, 60 minutes from downtown Vancouver, 15 minutes from downtown Abbotsford, 2 1/2 hours from Whistler, 45 minutes from Harrison Hot Springs, and 40 minutes from Bellingham Airport (BLI) in Washington state.
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.
The widest selection of auto rentals are available at and near the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX). Some auto rentals are located within the City.
Abbotsford is well known for its Agri-Tourism attractions. Tourism Abbotsford publishes annaully a Circle Farm Tour Guide hilighting 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.
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.
Abbotsford has a good selection of events:
Tradex at the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) hosts many of the largest event's in British Columbia.
For a unique shopping experience, be sure to check out Historic Downtown Abbotsford and Clayburn Village Store in the community of Clayburn Village.
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 boosts many large shopping plazas, plus one indoor mall - Sevenoaks Shopping Centre. Almost all of Canada's major retailers can be found in Abbotsford.
There are many places to eat in Abbotsford.
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Sweet Dreams Bed and Breakfast located on King Rd just south of Highway #1 is a beautiful location whose ratings go beyond the "Stars". Owners, Richard and Dorothy Friesen, go out of their way to provide a place of tranquility and luxurious comfort that will truly give you "sweet dreams". http://www.sweetdreamsbandb.com/home.html
Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, Best Western Regency Inn & Conference Centre, Best Western Bakerview, Rio Motel, Coast Hotel & Suites, Comfort Inn, Alpine Motor Inn and Super 8.
The City also has a good variety of bed and breakfasts, including the impressive Sweet Dreams Bed & Breakfast.
For budget travellers, Columbia Bible College offers its dorms for overnight accommodation from May through August.
For RV travellers, Walmart offers free overnight parking.