Welcome to Abbotsford
With over 130,000 residents, Abbotsford is one of the largest municipalities in British Columbia by both population and land area. In the Lower Mainland, it has a larger population than Coquitlam (125,000+) and Delta (around 100,000). It also has one of the highest proportions of visible minorities in the country.
Abbotsford is in what some consider part of Canada’s “Bible Belt,” and its citizens are some of the country’s most generous as far as donating to charities.
Abbotsford is located along the Trans-Canada Highway about an hour’s drive southeast of Vancouver in good traffic. It’s directly south of Mission on the other side of the Fraser River. It’s also about halfway between Langley and Chilliwack. The community also borders Washington in the United States to the south.
Abbotsford is home to several significant festivals and events including the following that happens during normal years in winter, spring, summer, and fall.
EARLY WINTER AND SPRING EVENTS:
Vancouver Motorcycle Show – a motorcycle trade show at Tradex in January.
Vancouver Pet Lover Show – a trade show for pets and their owners at the Tradex Centre in February.
Abbotsford Tulip Festival– a giant and highly colourful field of tulips located at 36737 North Parallel Road. It’s open for viewing most years between April and the beginning of May. (Note: 2019 was the final year for this event. It was cancelled in 2020 because of COVID-19 and in 2021 it is moving to the Okanagan.)
SUMMER EVENTS IN ABBOTSFORD:
Abbotsford Canada Day Event – the community celebrates July 1st with a parade along South Fraser Way and a festival at Abbotsford Exhibition Park.
Abbotsford Agrifair – a country fair with carnival rides, animals, a car derby and motocross shows at Exhibition Park on the August Long Weekend.
The Abbotsford Airshow – Western Canada’s largest airshow takes place at the Abbotsford airport in mid-August.
Abbotsford Farm and Country Market – a Saturday morning farmers market that takes place most years from around 9 am until 1 pm from late April or early May until the end of October.
Abbotsford Flea Market – a massive market featuring as many as a couple of hundred vendors. It takes place at Abbotsford Exhibition Park almost every Sunday of the year.
The Abbotsford Sunflower Festival – sunflowers, a corn maze and kid-friendly activities from mid-August until mid-September at Maan Farms.