Explore the Outdoor Experience in Abbotsford
A CULTIVATED CITY
Abbotsford is where farm meets table, spirit meets nature, and travelers meet our cultivated city. Come for the eats, the arts, and the backwoods trails. Come for adventures, experiences, and for moments you’ll take with you wherever you’re headed to next.
Tucked against a skyline of forested mountain peaks, Abbotsford is home to rugged downhill bike trails, scenic hikes amongst waterfalls and caves, and the legendary Sumas Mountain. The city itself enjoys over 2,500 acres of green space with 157 parks for the whole family to choose from. Why not take your trip outside?
Abbotsford’s natural location nestled between prairies and mountains boasts many interesting walks and hikes for all experience levels.
Urban parks and forests are well-maintained and offer easy access for afternoon strolls and picnic lunches. Sumas Mountain presents more challenging terrain for adventure seekers and experienced hikers.
HERE ARE SIX FAVOURITE SPOTS FOR LOCALS AND VISITORS ALIKE.
Also known as Lost Lake, this local favourite is popular for fishing, swimming, and picnicking. The 4.6 kilometre return trip offers several trail options plus a second hike from the lake. This high-elevation experience is for intermediate hikers who don’t mind scrambling up slippery inclines and log steps.
Connecting east and west Abbotsford, this extensive trail system (the west section is 32 kilometres and the east section is 30 kilometres) is great for walking, jogging, cycling, and rollerblading. Winding through natural habitats like forests and ponds, the paved interpretive trails allow for exercise, learning, and observing.
FISH TRAP CREEK PARK
Escape the city without leaving it at Fishtrap Creek Park. Developed around Abbotsford’s storm-water system, enjoy the 3.5 kilometer forested hike winding past wetlands and marshes. The paved trails, benches, gazebos, and picnic tables allow people of all ages to enjoy the local flora and fauna and make pit stops along the way. While it’s possible to see backyards and houses in some parts, most of this urban park is well-treed and offers the tranquil sounds of birds singing and frogs croaking.
MATSUI TRAIL REGIONAL PARK
Enjoy a leisurely six kilometre walk along the Fraser River on the well-groomed trails at Matsqui Trail Regional Park. This flat and low-level hike gives visitors views of riverbanks overlooking Mission, tranquil farmland, and the surrounding Cascade mountains. An inviting picnic area is adjacent to the parking lot.
WILLBAND CREEK PARK
Perfect for birders, this flat 2.6 kilometre looped trail begins from the parking lot and circles two retention ponds. Features include beautiful prairie views with mountain ranges in back, urban wetlands (139 different bird species have been seen at this site), parking lot, and picnic area. One part of the trail parallels Highway 11 so expect some noise from fast-moving traffic.
MILL LAKE PARK
Located in central Abbotsford, there’s something for everyone at Mill Lake. Enjoy the flat, paved 2.3-kilometer trail circling the lake at your own pace, taking in the variety of waterfowl and migratory birds and a spectacular view of Mt. Baker. Pack a lunch and enjoy a spot by the spray park, playground, or in one of the many quiet picnic areas.