City guide: 

Located in the heart of Fraser Valley, an area known for agriculture in British Columbia, Abbotsford is a 'cultivated city' the sweetest mixture of small town and city with it's winneries, foodie spots and. 'Homemade and homegrown' 

Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

You'll Love It If You're:

  A FOODIE          ACTIVE        A COFFEE SNOB         TRAVELLING SOLO          

A FOODIE | FESTIVAL-GOER |
A COFFEE SNOB | TRAVELLING SOLO

The Canadian currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). Gratuities are seldom included on the bill in Canadian restaurants. It is customary to tip approximately 15-20% on the total bill before tax.

The plugs in Canada are type B (the same as the US). The standard voltage is 110-120 V, and the standard frequency is 60Hz. Canada is a very safe country to visit, and Abbotsford is no exception.

Much like Vancouver, the weather is mild in comparison to the temperature changes we experience in Alberta (Edmonton & Calgary gets reeeally cold!), so anytime throughout the year is doable. 

I'd say the best time to visit is between May and September, when it's slightly warmer and there are seasonal events to enjoy. 

In May, you can visit the Bloom Tulip Festival, and in Fall, you'll find Pumpkin patches, Corn Fields and even haunted activities for Halloween. 

We visited for three days, but Abbotsford is also the perfect weekend destination too! 

If you’re arriving by air, you’ll be flying into Abbotsford International Airport (YXX), located 15 minutes from Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W. This airport is serviced by Air Canada, WestJet, Flair Airlines, Island Express, and FlySwoop. Since it is a small aiport, there is not much in terms of retail or restaurants (see here). 

If you're travelling by car from Vancouver, it will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes. To get there, head east on the Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W. Abbotsford can also be accessed via BC-99, or BC-17.

You can find alternative ways of getting to Abbotsford, like buses and shuttles, here.

Once you're Downtown, most things are within walking distance, but in order to access wineries in the area, it might be more useful to have a hired car.


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As I said, ideally book around seasonal events you'd like to visit. If you go in Spring, visit the Abbotsford Bloom Tulip Festival. In Summer, embrace the agriculture sprirt of the community and go to a Farmer's Markets or a U-Pick

Touring the wineries is a fun thing to do anytime of year!

I'd skip West Edmonton Mall and the Zoo and opt for more unique and quintessential Edmonton sights like my below picks that you cannot miss on your visit to Edmonton!

During summer, temperatures average around 21- 25°C, but can reach highs of over 30°C, meaning shorts and flip-flops are a must!

In Spring (April - May) or Fall (September - October), temperatures are crisp, and average 11°C to 17°C.

During winter, temperatures vary between low positives, to -30°C. The key to surviving the harsh cold is dressing in layers and thermal gear. A thick winter jacket, beanies (or so-called toques in Alberta), mitts, and warm winter boots are all a must!

See below for outfit suggestions!

There aren't too many options in terms of accommodation. We stayed at the Best Western, but if we ever return, I would probably opt for an Airbnb, as the hotel options won't blow you away.

If you sign up to Airbnb with this link, you can get CAD $45 off your stay.

If you’re accustomed to design-forward boutiques (the kind we love), you won’t be blown away here, but both are well-priced and located. If you’re looking for something high;ly-rated, Brookside Inn Boutque Hotel is your best bet.

Find alternative suggestions for accommodation below

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Disclosure: This Guide was compiled in collaboration with some of the businesses recommended below. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support us. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to do this!

What not to miss:

On our three day visit we got to do so many things. This is our list of the best things to do in Abbotsford, BC. 

You can find more info about getting there on the official Abbotsford Website here

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Where to Eat

The Polly Fox (GF)

The Habitat Project

Old Hand Coffee Shop

Pip

Field House Brewing

Cactus Club Cafe

Nine (Closed Sun & Mon)

Field House Brewing

Restaurant 62 (

Rostizado

Duft & Co Bakehouse

Bow & Stern (Seafood $$)

Doughnut Party

MEAT

Cactus Club Cafe

LUNCH:

BREAKFAST:

DINNER:

We truly loved all the food we tried in Abbotsford and we credited it to the love and passion for local food in the small city. When creating this guide, we were so sad to hear sister restaurant of Old Hand, Little Brother, had closed in the meantime. Another delight of the city is the focus on healthy and gluten-free options so that we (the gluten-freebies) don't have to miss out. 

If I were to 

Where to Eat

The Polly Fox (GF Bakery)

The Habitat Project

Cafe Linnea

Pip

Field House Brewing

Cactus Club Cafe

Nine (Closed Sun & Mon)

Field House Brewing

Restaurant 62 (

Rostizado

El Cortez*

Bow & Stern (Seafood $$)

Doughnut Party

MEAT

Cactus Club Cafe

LUNCH:

BREAKFAST:

DINNER:

We truly loved all the food we tried in Abbotsford and we credited it to the love and passion for local food in the small city. When creating this guide, we were so sad to hear sister restaurant of Old Hand, Little Brother, had closed in the meantime. Another delight of the city is the focus on healthy and gluten-free options so that we (the gluten-freebies) don't have to miss out. 

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