Abbotsford may be a little ways away from the bustle of Downtown Vancouver, but that’s no reason to believe that it’s just farmland as far as the eye can see. Abby has some great attractions that bring out people from all over the Lower Mainland. We are so grateful to be able to enjoy all that Abbotsford has to offer, and hope that you love it as much as we do!
Also known as Molson Lake, this is a man-made lake specifically designed for swimming, wakeboarding and water skiing. Once an industrial cement works pit, this is now a great destination on a hot summer day. There is a lovely walking trail around the lake, or simply sunbathe, swim or take a shot at fishing for trout. If your kids like planes, this is a fantastic place to watch them taking off and landing at the nearby Abbotsford Airport.
No matter what the ages, Mann Farms has something to offer to every family member, even the adults. Kids can spend their time petting the goats and other farm animals or using some of their energy jumping on the huge Jumping Pillow, pedalling the go kart track, and slipping down the two giant slides. If that is not enough, for those adventurous kids there is a zip line! Children will enjoy playing in the Fortress, with its multiple levels, swings and look outs.
Visit the hatchery to give your kids an opportunity to learn about fish and their habitats. You have the choice of a self-guided tour, or, if you are visiting during the summer, your family can join a guided tour of the facility as well. If just looking at fish is not enough for your kids, choose the option to enrolling them in the half day Learn to Fish program, available for kids from age 5 to age 15.
Children can spend all day burning up energy at this amazingly diverse entertainment center. Admission is free but games and attractions are on a pay per use basis. Kids will enjoy the go-karts, bowling, pitching mound, outdoor golf, laser maze, shooting gallery, arcade games, remote control boats, skill games, batting cages, kiddie courtyard, bumper cars, driving range, soccer kick, and many more. Players will be rewarded for their gaming skills with e-tickets that can be redeemed for a variety of prizes.
Chadsey Lake is located on Sumas Mountain and is a destination for those families who are a bit more adventurous. A slightly more difficult hike than other listed activities, this is a moderate to hard walk that takes about an hour each way from the parking lot to the lake and back. However, this stunning location is well worth the walk, and the kids will enjoy the chance to fish or swim in this beautiful lake, or simplu relax with a picnic on the shores. There are opportunities to continue on hiking to Sumas Peak, but keep in mind the round trip takes about hours in total.
With the mission statement of “art for everybody”, this is a great BC company which offers short art courses for kids. Sign up your kids for a day course, or for one of their unique longer classes. Drawing, multi-media, sketch deck, cookies and cupcakes, field trips, clay and sculpture classes, and much more is available for all ages. Tons of fun along with learning means that your kids will be thinking you for every enjoyable moment spent here.
This park is unique as it is a dark sky reserve and used on occasions by the Fraser Valley Astronomers Society. Kids will love the opportunity to see the Milky Way, the planets and stars up close and so clear that you feel as if you can touch them. Just make sure you go while the FVAS is having an event, otherwise you take the chance of being locked in!
A step back in time, this old fashioned diner takes you back to the 50’s and we guarantee your kids will love it. Enjoy the memorabilia and old photos while you are munching down your meal. Open Mondays through Saturdays from early morning until 3pm, this blash from the past seves up a variety of yummy food, thick milkshakes and even ice cream floats. Just right for a fun breakfast or lunch out with the kids.
Source: To Do Canada