Posted by: cherylyoung | March 22, 2013

One of the most beautiful agricultural cities in BC




 Abbotsford is one of the most beautiful and productive agricultural

 areas in British Columbia.


Tucked perfectly between majestic mountain ranges on the wide plain

 of the Lower Fraser Valley, the fertility of the soil and the gentle

 pastoral  beauty have made the Abbotsford area a popular place

 to homestead.



Abbotsford was established just before the turn of the nineteenth century

 and named after Henry Abbot, a General Superintendent of the Canadian

 Pacific Railway and brother of Sir. J. Abbot, Prime Minister of Canada.

Abbotsford was once a small farming community that has developed into

 one of Canada’s most rapidly growing communities.


 If you enjoy an active lifestyle, Abbotsford has some of the best

 recreational facilities and parks for you to explore.

 Population: 123,864


 Fraser Valley, 47 miles (75 km) east of Vancouver and 4.5 miles (7 km)

Location: Abbotsford is located on the Trans-Canada Highway 1 in the

 north of the Canada/United States border.


(view of Mr. Baker)

The MSA Museum is housed in Trethewey House, built in 1920 for BC timber

 baron J.O. Trethewey using local fir processed by the Abbotsford Lumbe

  Company  on Mill Lake.


 Exhibits include the Heritage Gallery, archives library, host tours, and

 special events.


While in the Abbotsford area, take a side trip to the secluded little historic

 village of Clayburn, established in 1905.


 Historical sites of interest include the Clayburn Village Store and the

 Clayburn Pioneer Church, built in 1912.


 Time your visit to celebrate Clayburn’s past on Clayburn Village

 Heritage Day in late July.


When was the last time you had fun…real fun? Castle Fun Park is

Abbotsford’s  year-round family play centre.


Fun at Castle Fun Park spells one 18-hole outdoor and two indoor

 mini-golf courses,  indoor softball and baseball batting cages, over

 130 video and skill games , and a Go Kart track. Facility admission is free.

Absorb the beauty of berry and flower fields, and dairy and produce

 farms, while driving or cycling along the many paved rural roads

criss-crossing the valley.


Thrill to the challenge of seven majestic mountains, conveniently

 situated one  or two hours drive from Abbotsford.


Schuss down snowy slopes, ski cross-country…or hike and bike through

 alpine meadows during balmy seasons.



Graced by a boardwalk and a majestic view of Mount Baker, the picturesque

 Mill Lake and Centennial Park offer the perfect setting for walking, jogging,

picnicking, trout fishing and watching wild fowl in their natural habitat.

Sumas Mountain Park is ideal for Horseback Riding along the forest trail and

 dirt roads of this wilderness park, which includes Chadsey Lake and hiking

 trails with viewpoints of Sumas Prairie and Vedder Mountain.


Cultus Lake Provincial Park, on the east side of Cultus Lake, lies nestled in

the folds of the Cascade Mountains, about 7 miles (11 km) south of Hwy 1.

There are four campgrounds within the park, at Entrance Bay, Clear Creek,

Delta Grove, and Maple Bay, with a combined total of 296 vehicle/tent sites.

The warm waters of Cultus Lake have attracted visitors to frolic and splash

on its beaches for decades.


 Small private cabins clustered around Cultus Lake Municipal Beach’s

 maze of swimming wharves testify to this tradition.


 The warm water is so clear that at midday the gold sand on the bottom

 of the lake perfectly complements the colour of the summer sun.

During the month of August, Abbotsford’s clear blue skies play host to the

roar and excitement of one of North America’s top air shows, the Abbotsford

 International Airshow.


 Civilian and military aircraft, from the smallest gliders to the sleekest jets,

 come from all over the world to wow the crowds.

 Not to be missed!


The bounty of hundreds of raspberry, blueberry and strawberry farms in

 the area are celebrated each summer during the Abbotsford Berry Festival,

 a colourful event that draws locals and visitors alike, and is guaranteed to

 satisfy everyone’s sweet-tooth.


Abbotsford International Airport has proudly served the surrounding

 communities of the Vancouver Lower Mainland for over 30 years.


 In 2008 Abbotsford International Airport served a milestone 503,693



 Come to Abbotsford and discover for yourself why more and more people

 are choosing to fly YXX.


Indian Mission, founded in 1861.


 Dubbed the Gateway to the Fraser River, Mission was a popular stopping

 place  for trappers, settlers, and other river travellers, and remains an

 important junction to this day.





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