10 Things to Do in Abbotsford This April
April 5, 2023
The cherry blossoms and tulips coming into bloom are just a few of the welcome signs of Spring coming to Abbotsford this April. From major sporting events to checking out a brand new brewery, you’re sure to find something to do in Abbotsford this month and we’ve even compiled a helpful list to provide some inspiration for your next visit!
1. Frolic in the Tulips at Lakeland Flowers
The Abbotsford Tulip Festival hosted by Lakeland Flowers has just announced their opening dates from April 14th – May 14th, 2023 this season and we can’t wait to frolic in the Tulips! Tulips are just the beginning of six months of flower festivals hosted by Lakeland Flowers with Peonies, Lavender, Sunflowers and more on the way between now and September. For full details and ticketing information, visit their website here.
2. Hang out with Furry Friends
Baby animals are just one of the many benefits of springtime in Abbotsford and there are plenty to visit on your next visit. Head on over to any of the following farm experiences below and get some snuggles in!
Taves Family Farms | 333 Gladwin Road
Maan Farms Barnyard Adventure | 790 McKenzie Road
3. Visit The Reach Gallery Museum’s Current Exhibitions
The current exhibitions at The Reach Gallery Museum are available to view now till May 6th, 2023. The exhibitions include “image/object: new approaches to three-dimensional photography”, the “2023 Fraser Valley Biennial”, and “Art on Demand 9.2”.
A new exhibition will be opening on April 29th titled “ਸ਼ੀਸ਼ੇ ‘ਚ ਤਰੇੜ | sheeshe ‘ch tharer | a crack in the mirror” which is “a survey of recent works by artist Simranpreet Anand, including collaborative pieces with artist and scholar Conner Singh VanderBeek. Anand’s practice, indebted to familial and cultural community, engages materials and concepts drawn from the histories of Punjab and its diasporas.”
4. Get some Flowers at a Local Farm Stand
Whether you’re looking for farm-fresh eggs, fresh-cut flowers, local honey or even seasonal tubers, you’re sure to find just the farm stand you’ll need. We recommend just going for a drive along the farm roads and stopping at whatever stand grabs your fancy! A good number of these stands accept e-transfer options but bring some cash along with you just in case. These are just a few of the many farm stands worth checking out on your next visit to Abbotsford. Check out our blog post “Farm Stands Worth Checking Out in Abbotsford” for a list of local farm stands!
5. Celebrate BC Wine Month at a Local Winery
As the spring weather starts to warm up you may be longing for an afternoon spent sipping wine and touring wineries, enjoying a crisp white in the sunshine while laughing with friends. You can do all that by visiting Abbotsford and checking out all our incredible wineries during BC Wine Month!
Cannon Estate Winery | 30523 Burgess Avenue
Singletree Winery | 5782 Mount Lehman Road
Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery | 5290 Olund Road
Mt Lehman Winery | 5094 Mount Lehman Road
Ripples Winery + New Wave Distilling | 3387 Tolmie Road
6. Go On the Hunt for Paska
This yummy lemon-y bread with icing and sprinkles only comes around at Easter-time and it’s definitely worth searching for if you’re planning on visiting Abbotsford before Easter weekend! A number of great local bakeries offer Paska during this time of year and we think you’re going to want to taste it for yourself. You can find Paska at these local bakeries and eateries:
Lepp Farm Market | 33955 Clayburn Road
Lepp Bakehouse and Delicatessen | 2518 West Railway Street
Oldhand Coffee | 2617 Pauline Street
Duft and Co Bakehouse | #103 – 2636 Montrose Avenue
The Polly Fox | #130 – 33780 Essendene Avenue
Tracycakes Bakery Cafe | #101 – 2636 Montrose Avenue
7. Find the Cherry Blossoms in Bloom
Cherry blossom season has definitely come later this spring but the wait will be worth it once you check out these beautiful trees in bloom! A few of our favourite spots to visit these blossoms are outside Abbotsford City Hall in Thunderbird Square and Mill Lake Park. If you find any more spots, be sure to tag us on Instagram @tourismabbotsford so we can share them too!
8. Cheer on the Abbotsford Canucks
Each month during the season the Abbotsford Canucks host Community and Fan Engagement Nights as an added experience to an already fun experience of going to a hockey game! These themes range from Community Heroes, Autism Acceptance, Country Night and Fan Appreciation. Our Abbotsford Canucks have made the Calder Cup playoffs and you’re definitely going to want to watch them battle for the cup live and in person at Abbotsford Centre!
9. Grab a Brew at Old Yale Brewing
Old Yale Brewing will be opening VERY soon this month in Downtown Abbotsford and we can’t wait to welcome them to Abbotsford!
Their new 10,000 sq ft, 200-seat Craft Brewery + Kitchen will feature a 10 hectoliter brewery, a full bar with 15 beers on tap, a selection of Wine, Cider and Cocktails and an expanded Campfire Kitchen menu! Other features for their Abbotsford location include an indoor Games Lodge, a Little Explorers corner and the Old Yale Beer & Gear Store along with unique design elements like a 12 ft tree seating area, cabin booths and a river-inspired mural created by local artist Pencil Fingerz.
Make sure you’re tuned in to their socials @oldyalebrewing to learn about their opening date as soon as they post it.
10. Make Brunch Plans with Your Friends
We take brunch very seriously here in Abbotsford! The best parts of breakfast and lunch, brought together after a little bit of extra time in bed? Sounds great to us! Local food culture is prevalent, especially with so much rich farmland right on our doorsteps. From good old fashioned Eggs ‘Benny’ to lavish Caesars, there are some great brunch spots to check out on your next visit to Abbotsford.
Bow & Stern | 2551 Montrose Avenue
Ann Marie’s Cafe | 33771 George Ferguson Way
Roseland Restaurant | 33550 South Fraser Way #12
Trading Post Eatery | 3058 Gladwin Road
If you’re still looking for things to do, check out our other blog posts for inspiration and don’t forget to use #ExploreAbbotsford when sharing on social!
Feature Image: @happilyevervaz