Abby is known as the city in the country. That and being the raspberry capital of Canada. With a diverse population in the Central Fraser Valley, Abby continues to grow. But it’s not just farmland out there. There are lots of things to do and check out in Abbotsford, whether it is taking natural beauty or enjoying cultural exhibitions or visiting historical sites.
Things to do in Abbotsford
You can’t miss the Reach Gallery Museum if you’re looking for art in Abbotsford. Showcasing the best in art and history from the community and around the world, this 20,000 square feet LEEDS building is the arts gallery and museum to go to in the Fraser Valley. Current exhibitions include explorations into Sto:lo-Coast Salish community and a Grand Theft Auto conception of the settlement of BC.
From the outside peering in, it may not be obvious that the Gur Sikh Temple is the oldest existing Sikh temple in North America. Dating back from 1911, the Gur Sikh Temple is one of Canada’s National Historic Sites. A place of worship, you can find decorations of Sikh architecture on both floors. The Sikh Heritage Museum also includes different exhibitions, including one on the Indo-Canadian vote, and how it took forty years for them to get the right to vote.
Castle Fun Park is a family amusement park with not one but three themed mini-golf courses. From golfing with dinosaurs to killer whales, Castle Fun Park brings you deeper into a different world with every swing. When you are done with the golf course, Castle Fun offers family fun entertainment like dodging lasers in the maze, go-kart, batting games, arcades and more.
Year-round, fresh, locally grown, farm-to-table foods can be found at Lepp Farm Market. With the best gourmet vegetables and fruits from local growers and the Okanagan orchard, the Lepp Farm Market is also where premium products like Black Angus beef and the latest kombucha products can be found. The Lepp Farm Market also serves weekend brunch at the café to fuel up for a day of shopping at this fine family-run market.
Hike on Sumas Mountain
Sumas Mountain is one of the most popular natural attractions the Fraser Valley has to offer. Breathtaking hikes like Chadsey Lake Trail and the Eastern Valley Lookout Trail takes you through lovely forest settings and amazing views of Chilliwack. This is also a popular spot for mountain biking and wildlife viewing.
Millionaire Paintball is an exciting paintball park run by devoted paintball experts with over 20 years in the pindustry. Taking advantage of the great outdoors, Millionaire Paintball has 2 playing fields to shoot paint or duck from it. With difficult terrain and secret hideaway spots, this paintball park offers intense physical action for those who like a challenge.
Cultus Lake may bring back nostalgic memories from when you went to the water park as a kid, but its camping grounds and sports activities make a return trip an easy decision. Cultus Lake offers 65 acres of campsite from the waterfront and tenting accommodations within walking distance to boat rentals and waterslides.
Catch the Abbotsford International Air Show
As Canada’s largest airshow, the Abbotsford International Airshow is an annual event that returns every summer to bring the best sky aerobatic performances from around the world. There are even opportunities to pitch up a tent on-site at the Abbotsford International Airport! Since its inception in 1962, the Abbotsford International Air Show has built its reputation as one of the finest shows for hardcore aviation enthusiasts.
Beautiful views of mountains and the islands – skydiving is a popular activity in Abbotsford and it is not hard to see why. Some drop zones have been used dating back to the 1950s, making Abbotsford home to some of the earliest skydiving facilities here.
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