The Ultimate Abbotsford Spring Bucket List
May 2, 2023
Springtime in Abbotsford has arrived and it’s finally time to get out and enjoy that well-missed sunshine! There are plenty of reasons to celebrate the season here in the Valley and many include our unique farm fresh experiences, locally-made sips and spirits, and outdoor adventures that are sure to get the heart pumping and creative juices flowing. Here are just a few fun suggestions on some must-do activities to try this spring on your next visit to Abbotsford!
Photo Credit: @katmaryschuk via @abbyfarmersmarket
Spend a Saturday morning at the Abbotsford Farmer’s Market
The Abbotsford Farmer’s Market is returning for their 20th season running May through October! It happens every Saturday from 9am-12pm at Jubilee Park in Downtown Abbotsford and features a weekly variety of local producers with in-season vegetables and fruits, processed foods, unique arts and crafts, live entertainment, prize giveaways and events. Definitely a must-do on your springtime visit to Abbotsford!
Play a round of golf at Ledgeview Golf Club
The sun is starting to make an appearance and that means it’s a great time to get out on the green to play a round of golf! Consistently rated as one of the top golf facilities in the Fraser Valley, Ledgeview Golf Club offers golfers of all levels a memorable and challenging golf experience. Beautiful views of the Valley and fantastic greens make this a course not to be missed!
Hang out on the beer lawn at Field House Brewing while checking out the BC Ale Trail
There’s nothing quite like enjoying a locally-crafted beer while sitting out in the sunshine on the beer lawn at Field House Brewing! Enjoy farm to fist beers and farm to table eats and bring your kids or dog and stop by for a beer and some good eats at this Abbotsford gem. Then follow along with the rest of the BC Ale Trail itinerary and visit any of our other incredible breweries while you’re in town!
Field House Brewing | 2281 West Railway Street
Enjoy the tulips in bloom at Lakeland Flowers
There’s still time to check out the rainbow of tulips at Lakeland Flowers before they close on May 14th! Hailed as one of the largest tulip displays in Canada with over 5 million tulips in bloom spanning 27 acres, Lakeland Flowers offers over 70 varieties in all shapes and colours.
If you miss out on the tulips, don’t fret! Lakeland Flowers is going to be hosting six months of floral experiences! The next field of flowers gracing Abbotsford will be lavender which is set to start in June.
Go mountain biking on Teq’qéyex
Grab those mountain bikes and head over to Teq’qéyex (Sumas Mountain Regional Park)! This 1,471 hectare park with multiple trails is the perfect spot to enjoy spectacular views of Chilliwack and east Fraser Valley.
Teq’qéyex is the Halq’eméylem name for Sumas Mountain. It is filled with trails that run through the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Sema:th (Sumas) First Nation.
Enjoy a cider tasting flight at Taves Estate Cidery
Not only is this a great rain-or-shine activity for those dreary spring days; you also get to hang out with the resident goats at Taves Family Farm! Seat yourself down in their heated covered tent tasting picnic area and grab yourself a tasting flight of their delicious ciders. In addition their unique cocktail cider flights, they also offer a non-alcoholic cider flight that is just as yummy!
Go birdwatching at Willband Creek Park as part of the BC Bird Trail
This spot is an absolute dream location for local birders and it will become yours too! Willband Creek Park is just one of the stops included on the Abbotsford BC Bird Trail and there’s a good reason why. This urban wetland boasts an easy interpretive walk weaves around the ponds, as well as a longer 3km loop that brings hikers back to the parking lot. You will want to keep an eye out for great blue heron, northern shoveler, and belted kingfisher that make this place their home!
Plan a picnic with friends at McDonald Park
McDonald Park is a peaceful picnic spot located off the Number 3 Road Exit. Enjoy a barbeque with provided campfire spots, watch the ducks swim by, or a walk along the Sumas Dyke. There is a small playground for kids and many shady tables for relaxing. If star watching is on the spring bucket list, McDonald Park also provides clear views of the city’s shining stars.
For even more picnic spots in Abbotsford, check out our blog post “Perfect Picnic Places in Abbotsford”.
Sip on fun cocktails at Ripples Winery and New Wave Distilling
Nestled in the beautiful gardens of Woodbridge Ponds, is a small family-run winery that produces high end wines made from chemical free, home grown blueberries. They are also home to New Wave Distilling; creating craft spirits that are fantastic on their own or as a compliment to your favourite cocktail recipe. Visitors can try out a number of incredibly creative cocktails like the Hibiscus Gin Sour or Virgin Hubba Bubba cocktails topped with an edible smoke bubble in their covered cocktail lounge! It’s also located nearby Lakeland Flowers so it feels like a perfect idea to head on over to enjoy some cocktails after tip-toeing through the flower fields!
Check out the murals in Downtown Abbotsford
Downtown Abbotsford is home to a variety of murals that continue to grow each year! The majority of murals have been created courtesy of a partnership between the Abbotsford Downtown Business Association and The Reach Gallery Museum with funding provided by RBC. The Reach works with skilled, professional artists and arts educators to develop projects that create spectacle and engage the Abbotsford community in diverse and creative ways.
Public Art – The Reach Gallery Museum | 2620 Montrose Avenue (down Bob Bos Lane behind Spruce Collective)
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