Cindy Yu is the author behind ‘The Vancouverite,’ and, you guessed it, a Vancouverite! What started as a hobby in 2014, covering the runway collections at Paris Fashion Week, quickly blossomed into a digital destination that now covers Cindy’s passion and love for travel and design, food and wine and showcases her background as a communications executive. It is also the home of ‘Cocktails in the Jungle’: a new series inspiring at-home enthusiasts to create their own cocktails in their kitchen. Cindy loves any opportunity to explore the backroads of a new town, meet locals, and take photos to share with her followers. We invited Cindy out to Abbotsford for a day trip to explore our community, nature, and fresh flavours.
Cindy and her friend and fellow blogger Alicia started their day in Abbotsford by grabbing coffees at The Polly Fox, nestled in Historic Downtown. Worth the drive from Vancouver, this specialty bakery and café is completely gluten, peanut, and soy free, mostly vegan, and has some amazing handcrafted coffee drinks and baked goods. After a caffeine boost it was time to head next door to The Habit Project for fresh pressed juices and smoothie bowls, the perfect fuel for a busy day of outdoor activities. Started by sisters Danielle and Mariah, Habit’s cold-pressed juices and nut mylks are prepared with love and intention daily with ingredients sourced from local farmers.
Feeling refreshed and ready to get into nature Cindy and Alicia headed to Sumas Mountain Regional Park for a hike. Sumas Mountain Regional Park is a popular destination for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking that spans 1,471-hectares with trails that link to a larger network outside the park’s boundaries. Cindy and Alicia hiked the Ledgeview Trails which are found on the west side of Sumas Mountain, leading up to McKee Peak. These trails offer stunning and expansive views of the Sumas Prairie area. For a full list of trails on Sumas Mountain, click here.
After a quick change it was time to head out for a post hike reward: local craft beer and bites! Grabbing a seat outside at Raven’s Brewing Cindy and Alicia sipped on award winning brews and snacked on flatbreads made with local ingredients. New to Raven’s are their craft cocktails, made with alcohol they distill on site! To enjoy the taste of Abbotsford at home Cindy grabbed a pack of beer and a cocktail kit on her way out.
After a fulfilling day in Abbotsford it was time to head back to the city. “Abbotsford has so much to offer, just a short drive from Vancouver. It really is wide open spaces, its nature, its community, and when you come out here you really feel like it’s a place you can breathe,” said Cindy. We couldn’t agree more!
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