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What is there to do in Abbotsford?

Lots!  Throughout the year there are numerous events and celebrations that take place in Abbotsford Schools.  Students can check with International Assistant to find out what is happening when. 

International Field Trips              Outdoor Adventures                Community Activities   

Shopping                                     Local Outdoor Activities          Sports   

Music/Dance                               Events & Festivals                  Restaurants

International Field Trips

Each semester we take International Students on a number of full day excursions

  • Vancouver region sightseeing + Vancouver Canucks (professional ice hockey) or Vancouver Whitecaps (professional soccer)
  • Victoria City - students take the ferry to Vancouver Island to visit the beautiful capital city of British Columbia
  • Whistler Mountain skiing and snowboarding - visit one of the top ski destinations in the world.  Includes all transportation, lift tickets, equipment rental and instruction.

Outdoor Education Adventures (organized by the School District)

Operated by School District, the Outdoor Education Club  offers activities after school and on weekends - many students say this is the highlight of their experience.  Hike, camp, rockclimb, go whitewater rafting, ski/snowboard/snowshoe, mountainbike, play paintball.  All activities are with local Canadian students.

Community Activities

There are many clubs and activities through the city too - below are just some of the things students can do in Abbotsford, there are many more things to discover and experience....  Students should check out the Youth Centres at the Abbotsford Youth Council

Escape Room   Movie Theatre/VIP    ESports    Gallery Museum   Old Downtown Centre


  • Everything except the luxury brands can be found in Abbotsford!  From boutiques to BIG BOX stores we have it all, including popular name brands.  There are several main shopping centres, and smaller clusters of stores throughout the city.

               HighStreet Shopping Centre    Seven Oaks Shopping Centre    Old Downtown Centre    West Oaks Shopping Centre

Local Outdoor Activities

Our mild climate and valley location allow us to be active outdoors year round.  We hope students will get outside and try something new...


Abbotsford is surrounded by mountains, rivers and lakes, making it an ideal place for hiking.  There are more than 70km of easy urban trails throughout the city, and more challenging hikes nearby.

Easy - Urban Trails  Discovery City WideTrail Map  Regional Trails

Challenging - Abbotsford Grind      Harder Regional Trails 

All Weather Amusement Centre

Rain or shine, Castle Fun Park is a great place to race friends in the outdoor GoKarts, play a round of indoor / outdoor minigolf, take a swing at the golf simulator or batting practice cage, find your way through the laser maze....  

Cultus Lake Water Park

Cultus Lake is where to go when the weather gets hot.  Ride waterslides, cool off in the pools, soak up the sun or relax in the shade

Cultus Lake Adventure Park

Cultus Lake Adventure Park  has more than 16 rides and attractions for the whole family, including Adventure golf, and a number of family rides as well as exciting rides for thrill seekers.  All guests to the park are welcomed to enter the park for free, stroll through and enjoy the many sights and sounds surrounding them.

Skateboard Parks

Abbotsford has two skate parks, McMillan Youth Park has a 2300m² street scape - style skate park which provides fun and challenging opportunities for a broad range of skating styles and ability levels. There is also a smaller 370m² hybrid bowl park located between Mouat High School and Colleen and Gordie Howe Middle School. 


From small rainbow trout to hard fighting salmon and giant sturgeon, there are many fishing options nearby

Whitewater Rafting

The Canadian Whitewater Kayaking team practices nearby in the valley's fast flowing rivers.  Professionally guided tours take students safely down the river 


We encourage students to participate in the many sporting activities that are available in our schools.  There are also countless opportunities to be physically active in the community.  Please note that some team activities have demanding practice and game schedules which may require more driving for homestay families than is reasonable.  Students should check with their International Assistant and homestay family before committing to joining a team.  Abbotsford community centres provide numerous fitness and activity programs, including "drop-in" sports for youths.


There are a variety of teams and leagues in the city.  Please check with your homestay family before signing up!

Running Clubs

From slow and steady to serious and competitive, there is a wide range of terrain and a variety of running groups in the city


Sasquatch Mountain Resort is located just less than an hour from Abbotsford.  


Abbotsford has 2 public recreation centres with swimming facilities for all ages, as well as a youth swimming club


There are a number of leagues and camps that operate throughout the year, as well as "drop in" basketball sessions where anyone can play at the recreation centres.  


There is something for everyone - more than 70kms of trails crisscross the city, and there are numerous mountainbike trails from easy to expert in the hills that surround the city. 

For those interested in BMX there are indoor and outdoor racetracks

Baseball & Softball


Abbotsford is home to challenging but affordable golf courses in beautiful settings.


There are more than 30 free public courts to play on in Abbotsford.  For students who want to take lessons or play competitively there is also an affordable  tennis program that offers coaching and league play.

Gyms and Fitness Centres

Many International Students stay fit or earn PE credits by working out at the many gyms in Abbotsford.  The Public Recreaction Centres provide great facilities and programs at reasonable prices, and there are MANY private gyms to choose from.  We have just listed a few below...


Twisters Gymnastics is one of Canada's National Training Centres, and is home to Olympic level athletes.  Programs are available for novices to International Competitors

Rock Climbing

Project Climbing Centre provides a great place to develop climbing skills indoors before heading outside to tackle the real rock faces that surround the city.

Martial Arts

There are a wide variety of martial arts clubs providing many opportunities to train throughout the city - below are just a few...


Yoga is offered at multiple yoga studios and fitness centres throughout the city

Wakeboarding / Waterskiing

Albert Dyck park (lake) is home to Valley Wakeboard Cablepark, as well as a waterski club that has hosted national competitions.


Galaxy Bowl is a popular place for students to go on a rainy day...


Students enjoy this so much as part of our Outdoor Program that they also go and play on the weekends or afterschool​

Horse Riding Lessons

Abbotsford is surrounded by lakes, rivers and mountains so there are beautiful trails to go riding


Many students want to continue their music studies while studying in Abbotsford.  There are a number of good music stores and music schools and numerous private teachers


There are many Dance Studios throughout the city teaching a wide variety of styles.  Students can earn credits for dance classes taken in the community.

Dynamic Dance Centre   Creative Edge   Xtreme Talent  Freestyle Dance Centre   and many more...


Events and Festivals

Throughout the year there are many different events that happen in a variety of venues.  

Abbotsford Centre

Abbotsford Centre is an arena type facility that hosts professional sports teams, concerts and exhibitions throughout the year.  Look at their website for upcoming events


This giant complex is home to a variety of concerts, exhibitions and events all year.  Tradex Website

Abbotsford International AirShow 

This is the event that Abbotsford is most famous for.  Every August we host one of the top 10 airshows in the world with performers from many nations coming to show off their aircraft and skills.  Abbotsford International Airshow  Pictures

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

People travel from all over western Canada and even further to see this colourful springtime event.  Hectares of fields are covered with tulips of every description.  Tulip Festival  Pictures


See live theatre productions throughout the year...or get involved and audition to be one of the actors?  Participate as one of the production crew?  Gallery7Theatre Website

Berry Festival

Abbotsford is one of the largest berry producing regions in North America, so it only makes sense that we celebrate with a Berry Festival each year.

Farm Tour

Our region boasts cutting edge agricultural technology, and is home to Canada's most valuable farmland.  Visit high-tech operations and see why agribusiness is an important part of the Fraser Valley's economy.

Circle Farm Tour (multiple farms...)  Ecodairy  Taves Family Farm  Maan Farms   Willowview Farms


Eating Out in Abbotsford

Abbotsford has an ethnically diverse population, with many types of restaurants.  Of course we have all the usual global "fast food" outlets, but we have a wide variety of other foods available throughout the city.  We have listed just a few, there are many more to choose from...

Asian - Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese

Wokbox  Noodle Road   Jasmine Garden  Sui Sha Ya  Little Saigon  Phuket Thai  I Am Thai  New Saigon  Ebisu Sushi

BBQ, Montreal and New Orleans

Memphis Blues BBQ   Brodeur's Bistro  Lou's Grill

Italian and Greek

Paliotti's  Greek Islands  Antonio's  Old Spaghetti Factory


Gian's  Passage to India   Zaika  Mr India

Coffeeshops and Bakeries  

Of course we have Tim Horton's and Starbucks in Abbotsford, but we also have many fantastic local places to get gourmet coffee and treats

Duft & Co.   House of James   Afterthoughts    Oldhand   Traceycakes

Fine Dining

Yes! We have some higher end restaurants in Abbotsford where you can enjoy a fancy meal...

Restaurant 62  Milestones  Cactus Club   The Keg Steakhouse