Abbotsford tourism is founded on handmade and homegrown products. The city’s summer campaign is centered around welcoming everyone back, and inviting city folk to discover the spirit of hospitality that is true to ‘small town’ charm and to share the region’s rural, wide open spaces. Here’s a list of five activities to explore Abbotsford.
1) U-PICK BERRIES
You can pick your own basket of berries at many local farms including raspberry or blueberry at Maan Farms. While you are there try wine tasting, goat yoga, the petting zoo and for children the barnyard adventure land with a small zip-line and pedal-karts.
A new addition to u-pick offerings in Abbotsford is Goji Berry U-Pick at Taves Family Farms, they also offer u-pick apples. The farm celebrates 30 years this summer and offers a sunflower patch, cold-pressed apple cider, hay rides, pony rides, corn maze, petting barn, goats, and FarmVille.
Other farms are open and best explored through the self-guided Fraser Valley Circle Farm Tour.
2) WINE TASTING
Many don’t know about the Fraser Valley’s booming vineyard scene given the area’s unique terroir. Along the winding back country roads of Abbotsford classic grape varietals to berry wine. Sample a variety of cool-climate varietals including Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner and Siegerrebe, while sampling locally sourced cheeses.
Start with wine tasting on the Mt. Lehman corridor at Singletree Winery, Seaside Winery, and Mt Lehman Winery in addition to Ripples Winery and Woodbridge Ponds.
Located within the rolling hills of the Mt. Lehman area, Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery presents an intimate wine experience that will take you on a tour through the vineyards and into their barrel and production rooms. Following the tour, you’ll relax in the chapel tasting room and enjoy a wine tasting through the various cool-climate wines produced on the farm.
3) ARTISAN BITES
Explore Abbotsford’s Historic Downtownto experience artisan foods (cafes, bakeries,cupcakeries, coffee shops, restaurants) and boutique shopping. Visitors love the business owners’ “collaboration over competition” spirit and the area’s “Portland of the North’ feeling. This neighbourhood is best explored by foot.
Looking for a good patio – try the Field House Brewing Company which offers lots of tables as well as a fire pit and tons of lawn space to stretch out. And it’s dog friendly.
The rooftop patio at the Canadian Brew House and Grill offers amazing views of Mt. Baker. And if you are looking for a quieter patio Duft & Co’s hidden garden patio is great.
4) Hiking, biking or just walking
Abbotsford is home to rugged downhill bike trails, scenic hikes amongst waterfalls and caves, and the legendary Sumas Mountain.
The best hiking is on Sumas Mountain, a significant feature in the traditional unceded territory of the Semá:th First Nation. The hike up Sumas Mountain is 13.5 kilometres round-trip and has an elevation gain of 725 metres.
For something easier try the Discovery Trail, a paved corridor connecting the East and West sides of Abbotsford. This extensive trail system is perfect for walking, running, rollerblading and cycling. The trail system winds through natural habitat and includes areas with forest, ponds, creeks and lush meadows.
5) SUN & SOIL SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Tourism Abbotsford has launched a summer concert series featuring local musicians, combined with countryside locations are featured select Friday evenings throughout the summer. Events are limited to 50 people, but can be accessed, virtually, for no cost. For anyone wishing to physically attend, tickets are available on Tourism Abbotsford’s online store.