Abbotsford Photo Province of BC
The city of Abbotsford is located along the Fraser River and on the Canada-United States border. The region is the largest municipality of the Fraser Valley Regional District excluding Metro Vancouver. It is one of the fastest growing regions in British Columbia. The Abbotsford Arts Council hosts a number of free local events. Be sure to checkout the music in Mill Lake Park, the Arty Awards, and the Christmas Artisan Gift Fair.
Today, the City is known as the ‘City in the Country’, and is one of the fastest growing cities in BC. Despite this it maintains small town charm, surrounded by rolling hills, mountains and farmlands. The area offers agricultural tours through farms and award-winning wineries, numerous hiking trails, and golf. The key attractions include Castle Fun Park, the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery, and an internationally appreciated airshow.
Located in the Fraser Valley, 75 km (47 mi) east of Vancouver. There are seven convenient exits off the Trans-Canada Highway, daily flights to and from the Abbotsford International Airport, and a 24-hour Canada/US international border crossing.
Abbotsford’s colonial development occurred when the Royal Engineers surveyed the area in response to the Gold Rush along the Fraser River in 1858. Settlement grew and butter, milk, and tobacco production were key to the agricultural development that started in the late 1860s. In 1889 former Royal Engineer John Cunningham Maclure applied for a crown grant to obtain the 160 acres that would become Abbotsford. In 1891, the Canadian Pacific Railway built a railway line through the area that connected to Sumas, Washington in the U.S.
The Village of Abbotsford was incorporated in 1892 and the British Columbia Electric Railway arrived in 1910, ensuring a rapid rate of growth that has continued to this day. It became a city in 1995.