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You don’t have to go far in BC to get away from it all
Start your getaway Thursday night: launched this summer by the Valley Food and Farm Collective, the evening market in historic downtown Abby includes food trucks, a communal brew house, a local-food café, and live music.
Lots of millennials moved away and came back to raise a family and start a business in the historic section.
Nestled in the Fraser Valley, this family-run orchard and farm is all about giving their visitors a taste of the country. Each fall, the Taves open the doors to their beloved Applebarn Pumpkin Farm to celebrate all that autumn has to offer.
13 Delicious Stops In British Columbia’s Beautiful Fraser Valley
Just an hour’s drive east of Vancouver, British Columbia, is the beautiful Fraser Valley. This fruitful agricultural area is filled with sprawling fields flanked by majestic mountains. Agritourism opportunities abound. You’ll find farm-to-table restaurants, wineries, breweries, farm visits, and so much more.
Travel Locally – Why You Should Explore Your Own Backyard
Far too often we think that we have to travel far away to have incredible vacations when that couldn’t be further from the truth. I am here to change your mindset on staying local, taking a staycation, or planning a weekend getaway close to home. Each of these trips can offer incredible experiences you thought only possible by traveling to faraway places. Travel locally and I promise that you’ll see what I mean.
Move over Okanagan, there’s another wine-luscious valley in the 'hood—and Vancouverites can even skip the lengthy drive to get there. Along with award-winning breweries, charming shops and Insta-ideal cafes, several wineries have popped up in the fertile Fraser Valley in recent years and, being the opportunists we are, a wine cycle circuit seemed only appropriate on a recent summer weekend.
Salut: Planning a staycation? Consider Abbotsford for food, wine and fun
If you’re looking for a summer getaway this season that doesn’t require an hours-long drive or flight, well, you might want to look just a little bit east.
The Fraser Valley has become a destination for vacation-worthy activities — from wine tastings to farm experiences, not to mention first-class eateries and breweries — meaning there are plenty of reasons to stop, sip and stay in this locale.
8 Things to Do in Abbotsford (Even If It’s Pouring Rain)
I was born and raised in the Lower Mainland, so a little rain never bothered me. That said, my partner and I were a little choked when our suburban adventure to Abbotsford was marked by an atmospheric river (and later, a thunderstorm—read on for details). But there’s plenty to do and eat and drink in Abby, even in a downpour.
Summer activities and culinary delights in Abbotsford, B.C.
While some will make the drive straight to Vancouver, the more enlightened traveler will stop and visit Abbotsford, the largest city in the Fraser Valley. According to Destination B.C., Abbotsford is known as the “City in the Country” for its agriculture, hospitality, and outdoors activities.
Historic Downtown Abbotsford is a shopper’s paradise ranging from charming boutiques and vintage stores to housewares and sporting goods. There you’ll find specialty storeowners who are passionate about the hand-picked or hand-crafted items they sell.
TULIP FESTIVAL IN ABBOTSFORD, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
For the past few years, frolicking through the tulip fields in Abbotsford has been at the top of my bucket list. This year, I turned this dream into a reality by taking along my friend and turning it into the most fabulous girl’s weekend. Here is everything you need to know to plan your vacation to Tulip Festival, along with all the beautiful photos and video!
EXPERIENCE THE UPSCALE SIDE OF THE FRASER VALLEY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
The Fraser Valley, Canada’s agricultural mecca, is an exciting destination where you can discover delicious cuisine, perfect wines, upscale boutique hotels, and exciting outdoor adventures. My friend Laura and I recently road-tripped through three exciting cities in the Valley—Harrison Mills, Harrison Hot Springs, and Abbotsford.
Crafted from farm-fresh milk, the smooth, creamy treat comes in classic flavours such as Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Tiger, and Rocky Road; though equally delicious in the winter months, in the summertime, the Birchwood team also creates ice cream varieties featuring British Columbia berries.
In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve really been enjoying eating our way around Abbotsford lately. So here’s some good news if you’ve been doing the same, the city is launching its first-ever Abbotsford Fall Food Festival next month.
Maan Farms Haunts reveals four new attractions for Halloween
From a torturous Airbnb to a blood-soaked maze. A popular “haunted” farm in Metro Vancouver just got a lot creepier. Maan Farms is known as a cozy getaway from the city with cute barn animals and adorable farm scenery, except for one month out of the year.
12 Cute Road Trip Ideas Near Vancouver You Need To Go On With Your S/O This Spring
Most craft breweries put a lot of thought, effort and care into their beer but then the food they serve tends to be an afterthought. Not true at Field House Brewing in Abbotsford. This is one of the most fun places to go in the Fraser Valley with your s/o on a road trip!
Backyard brew: Field House Brewing Co. crew breathing new life into Abbotsford
For a growing number of Vancouverites like Vanderheide, Abbotsford is proving to be the perfect destination to raise a family and get a little breathing room from the downtown density — without being too far away.
A Delicious Day Out: ‘Taste of Abby’ Fall Food Fest
Located in B.C.'s beautiful Fraser Valley, Abbotsford is a tight-knit community with fierce local pride—and so much amazing food. I was super excited to hear about a new festival the city is hosting called, ‘Taste of Abby'. Celebrating Abbotsford’s agriculture, history and food culture with live music and shopping, while eating and drinking local food from incredible chefs, sounded like a pretty good day out to me. The experience is a perfect kick-off to fall with unique dining experiences perfectly timed with the local harvest season.
A family farm in Abbotsford is hosting a festive goat yoga session where the furry critters will attend in Christmas outfits.
The goats at Maan Farms bring an element of joy and playfulness to expand a yoga practice, according to operations manager Gurleen Maan.
Sipping and Feasting Under the Harvest Moon in Abbotsford
Beer is a powerful motivator, and last week things finally fell into place when I got the opportunity to attend a special event showcasing not only the beer of the area but also its many other bounties.
Significantly less steep and crowded than its counterpart in North Vancouver, the Abby Grind is a short, steep and sweet trail that leads to an open rock face and gorgeous views over nearby farmland. Quarter-mile markers encourage you on your way up the dirt path (no stairs!).