An agricultural hub and a sporting and adventure destination, Abbotsford, BC, Canada is surrounded by the Cascade and Coast Mountains in British Columbia. The community thrives on fertile soil, situated in a low lying floodplain known as the Sumas Prairie next door to the 910 metre Sumas Mountain.
Abbotsford, BC, Canada is part of the Fraser Valley region of British Columbia. The community of Chilliwack is located to the east of Abbotsford and Langley is located to the west. Just over the Fraser River, north of Abbotsford, is the community of Mission. And south of Abbotsford is Aldergrove, BC... and the US/Canada border.
Much of the Fraser Valley was first the home and hunting grounds of the First Nation people of British Columbia, Canada. Prior to Abbotsford becoming a leading agricultural producer in Canada - it was once the Sto:lo First Nation people who lived off the land in the region.
Abbotsford, BC, Canada is referred by some as the , "City in the Country". It is the city in Abbotsford which provides many of the services that are important for travelers. Some of the services include accommodations, campgrounds, restaurants, banks, grocery stores, gas stations, attractions, tours, guides, coffee houses, internet, retail stores, gift stores, big box stores and transportation (bus, taxi and airport).
The Abbotsford Airport is a convenient airport for some of the local tour operators and regional airlines. It is a safe bet as an alternative airport instead of the larger Vancouver International Airport. The airport services include car rentals, duty free shop, bar, restaurant, ATM, and internet.
Culture, tradition and history play a part in the community of Abbotsford. There are art galleries, a museum, historic neighborhoods, a Mennonite community and historic sites like the Trethewey House.
Agri-tourism is growing too with corn mazes, berry festivals, farm tours, farm markets and u-pick operations. Farms in the region include poultry, berry, dairy, vegetable and hog farming... plus... some wineries and vineyards.
Abbotsford likes to call itself, "Canada's Sport Town". There are many healthy activities enjoyed in the region. Some of the more popular activities for visitors include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, golfing, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, cycling, sightseeing, birdwatching, hang gliding, paragliding, rollerblading, off roading, baseball, soccer and picnicking.
The Fraser Valley region, rich in agricultural land serviced by dykes, enriched by creeks, marshes, rivers and wetlands and surrounded by nearby mountains is an ideal setting for parks and trails. Some of the parks in the Abbotsford, BC region include the Clayburn Creek Park and Trail, Clearbrook Park & Downes Bowl Trail, Discovery Trail, Abbotsford Dyke Trails, Fishtrap Creek Park, Sumas Mountain, Mill Lake Park and Willband Creek Park.