Abbotsford lies immediately north of the US-Canadian border, about a 2 1/2 hour drive north of Seattle, WA. Situated in one of the most geographically stunning regions of British Columbia, Abbotsford is an agriculture based City with a population of approximately 135,000. It is a popular visitor stop over point for U.S. travellers north bound to the Yukon and Alaska and Canadians travelling east and west along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Get in

By plane

Abbotsford is served by the second largest airport in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. YXX's motto is "a good hassle free alternative" to Vancouver International (YVR), with daily, non-stop flights to and from: Edmonton, Calgary, and Victoria, plus connections and stop over flights to other domestic and international destinations. Weekly winter charter flights are offered to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Scheduled airlines include Airspeed Aviation and WestJet. Transat Holidays is the primary tour operator.

In-Terminal auto rentals include Avis, Budget and National.

Taxi service is available, but there is no shuttle service.

YXX is approximately 80 minutes away from YVR, 60 minutes from downtown Vancouver, 10 minutes from the city centre of Abbotsford, 2 1/2 hours from Whistler, 45 minutes from Harrison Hot Springs, and 40 minutes from Bellingham Airport (BLI) in Washington state.

By bus

As of September 4, 2007, (ValleyMAX) Route #21 - Aldergrove, will link Abbotsford with the bus loop located at 272nd St & Fraser Hwy in Aldergrove. Allowing connection via Translink's Route #502 - Aldergrove (Via Langley Centre).

The fare from Abbotsford to Aldergrove is $2.75. There are no transfers between ValleyMAX and Translink. The Translink fare on weekdays before 630PM is $2.50 to Surrey, $3.75 to New Westminster / Burnaby, and $5.00 to Vancouver. Evenings and all day weekends and holidays, the Translink fare is a flat $2.50. (Adult)

Any Translink valid fare proof of payment transfer may be upgraded on the bus and at SkyTrain/SeaBus ticket vending machines for two-zone or three-zone travel with Translink. You can travel up to 90 minutes for each cash fare or FareSaver ticket in the Translink zone(s) purchased.

ValleyMax transfers are valid for up to 90 minutes for travel on ValleyMAX route(s) only.

By train

Located 15 minutes north of Abbotsford, in Mission, BC, this commuter rail service travels westbound to Vancouver during the morning rush hour and eastbound to Mission during the evening rush hour. Fare prices for travel to & from Vancouver Waterfront Station are: $10.25 one-way / $19.00 return (Adult)

Provides passenger train service to Abbotsford (note: when booking, the station is listed under "Matsqui, BC").

Get around

Abbotsford is rather spread out, so a car is very helpful.

The City does have a public transit bus system that can get visitors between major shopping areas. For routes and schedules, visit the official site,

The widest selection of auto rentals are available at and near the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX). Some auto rentals are located within the City.


Abbotsford is well known for its Agri-Tourism attractions. Tourism Abbotsford publishes annually a Circle Farm Tour Guide highlighting some of British Columbia's most unique rural attractions during the summer. A winter version of the publication is available, named Passport to Christmas.

Other popular activities include visiting Clayburn Village Store for tea or coffee, learning about our pioneer heritage at Trethewey House Museum and unique shopping in Historic Downtown Abbotsford. For kids, the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery and Castle Fun Park are popular spots.

Abbotsford boasts some of the finest sports facilities and parks in British Columbia which are popular among visitors. Known also as "Sports Town Canada," Abbotsford attracts dozens of provincial and national sports events annually.

During a visit to Abbotsford, be sure to learn more about the City's history, attractions and ethnic diversity by stopping at one of the City's two Visitor Centres on Sumas Way (Highway 11) and domestic arrivals lounge in the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) Terminal.



For a unique shopping experience, be sure to check out Historic Downtown Abbotsford and Clayburn Village Store in the community of Clayburn Village.

For the literary crowd, Hemingway's New and Used Bookstore, located in the heart of Historic Downtown Abbotsford, has one of the largest selections of new and used books in the area. Specializing in fiction and military history, the store holds thousands of titles in numerous categories, and is open 7 days a week.

Rural retailers can be found throughout the City's agricultural areas. Refer to the Passport to Christmas and Circle Farm Tour Guide available at one of two Visitor Centres on Sumas Way (Highway 11) or in the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) Terminal.

Abbotsford boasts many large shopping plazas, plus one indoor mall - Sevenoaks Shopping Centre. Almost all of Canada's major retailers can be found in Abbotsford.


There are many places to eat in Abbotsford.



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Routes through Abbotsford

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