Handmade & Homegrown Featured Experiences
July 6, 2020
As British Columbia enters Phase 3 of the Restart Plan we are excited to welcome BC residents back to Abbotsford for a summer of exploring through our curated featured experiences program. These signature experiences offer the best that Abbotsford has to offer: wide-open spaces, a connection to nature, and high quality handcrafted food and beverages. Our local business owners have worked with us to create these unique experiences that offer a private, seasonal, and exclusive activities for small groups of visitors of all ages and interests.
In addition to encouraging visitors from our neighbouring communities to experience Abbotsford this summer, we hope that these experiences will inspire Abbotsford residents to get out and see what their own backyard has to offer. These experiences will be easy to book online and, most importantly, offer a safe and socially distanced excursion. Although these featured experiences will change with the seasons, we are excited to launch the program with 8 experiences to kick off the summer here in Abbotsford! Keep reading to find out more about each experience and how to book.
Wine and Cheese Tasting at Singletree Winery
Taste the terroir of the Fraser Valley at Singletree Winery, one of Abbotsford’s wineries set in the rolling hills of Mt. Lehman. Sample a variety of cool-climate varietals including Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner and Siegerrebe, while sampling locally sourced cheeses, including Mt. Lehman Cheese Company.
Cider Tasting Package at Taves Estate Cidery
The Taves’ are excited to share their newest venture with you as they open Taves Estate Cidery–a hard cider tasting barn and picnic area! Their exclusive experience for two includes: cider tasting, 1 Barnyard 4 pack of cider to take home, a souvenir glass and a wooden bottle opener!
Heli Tours with Compass Helicopters
Compass Helicopters is offering two different aerial sightseeing tours: the Abbotsford tour, which will take in the mountain vistas and rural landscape including Matsqui Prairie, the Fraser River, and more. The Mt. Baker tour will take you for a 1-hour flight over the international border into the Snoqualmie National Forest for a stunning journey around the North Cascades.
Guided Historical Walking Tours
Heritage Abbotsford’s Historic Abby Walking Tours take the visitor around Mill Lake, the Historic Downtown Core or Matsqui Village in approximately 60 minutes. Along the way, guides make stops to discuss historic vistas or points of interest from a heritage standpoint. Whether you choose to take one of the walking tours or all three, you will gain a new perspective on how Abbotsford as we know it came to be!
Wine Tasting and Tour at Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery
Located in the Mt. Lehman neighbourhood, Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery presents an intimate wine experience that will take you on a tour through the vineyards and into their barrel and production rooms. You’ll learn the story of the winery and about the type of grapes grown on the farm. Following the tour, you’ll relax in the chapel tasting room and enjoy a wine tasting through the various cool-climate wines produced on the farm.
Lavender Field Experience at Tuscan Farm Gardens
When you visit the farm, thousands of lavender plants will welcome you with their colour and fragrance. There’s more than lavender, though! In the flower gardens, discover a lily pond, fountains, and a gazebo surrounded by roses. Bistro tables and garden benches are tucked among the flowers for a moment of contemplation, a visit with a friend or the perfect photo-op. In the shop you’ll find handmade, all-natural products created with the flowers and herbs grown on the farm, including essential oil soap, honey, tea, and luxurious spa products.
Glacier Fishing and Kayaking Excursion
Summer is a special time in the mountains above Abbotsford. The glacial lakes undergo a series of seasonal transformations yielding jewel-like water colours best enjoyed on a kayak or stand up paddle-board. The tour includes a 60 minute round trip sightseeing flight from our base at Abbotsford Airport, use of kayaks or paddle boards, 4 hours on location, trip photos, and a gourmet picnic lunch from Lepp Farm Market.
For purchasing information visit www.tourismabbotsford.ca/store