Guide 2024

The Ultimate Guide to Living in and Buying and Selling Real Estate in Abbotsford.

Whether you're planning to move to Abbotsford, just visiting, or already live here and are seeking a comprehensive resource for all things Abby, this page is for you.

 Packed with linked resources (highlighted in blue, simply click!), ranging from shopping and school information to park maps and listings for sale in every neighbourhood, we warmly welcome you to Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Table of Contents

1. Abbotsford Overview
2. Neighbourhoods
3. MLS Listings by Neighbourhood
4. School Catchments
5. Shopping/Dining/Groceries
6. Sports Facilities
7. Trails & Parks
8. Places of Worship
9. Transit
10. Historic Downtown

1. The City in the Country

Situated in the heart of British Columbia with a population of approximately 150,000, Abbotsford was established during the Fraser River gold rush in 1858 and attained city status in 1995.

Affectionately known as "The City in the Country," it seamlessly integrates urban sophistication with its agricultural roots. Abbotsford features lush landscapes, a vibrant farming tradition, and is home to the AHL team, the Abbotsford Canucks.

The city offers an abundance of outdoor and indoor activities like golf, hockey, curling, tennis and pickleball, as well as numerous parks and hiking trails. Explore its historic downtown, enjoy local flavours, and experience the unique blend of city and farm life.

Abbotsford resides on the traditional and unceded territory of the Stó:lō.

2. The Neighbourhoods

Abbotsford is divided up into 9 distinct areas.  Referencing the map below; Aberdeen, Bradner, Matsqui, Poplar, Sumas Mountain and Sumas Prairie surround West, Central and East Abbotsford. These areas vary from each other in terms of topography, lot size, home type and prices while West, Central and East Abby are more dense than the surrounding areas. At the bottom of the map is the US border, and you'll see Highway 1 running through the city. 

3. Listings by Neighbourhood

Abbotsford East

Abbotsford West

Central Abbotsford





Sumas Mountain

Sumas Prairie

4. School Catchments

Abbotsford has top-tier elementary, middle, and high schools, offering French immersion, traditional, and integrated arts programs. The Abbotsford School District provides an excellent interactive map allowing users to switch between elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as between regular and French immersion programs. Clicking on the color-coded areas on the map reveals a link to the individual school's website.

To access the map, follow the link here. 

5. Dining, Groceries & Shopping


Chains like Cactus Club and The Keg are plentiful here, and we do have great local options.  A few favourites ranging from fine dining to the loveliest cafe:

1. Restaurant 62
2. Bow & Stern
3. Lou's Grill
4. Duft & Co Bakehouse
5. Cafe Amarti 


Save-On Foods, The Real Canadian Superstore, Costco and Choices are the main chain grocery stores, here are a few local musts:

1. Lepp Farm Market
2. Fraser Valley Meats
3. Thumpers Patch Produce
4. The Egg Store
5. Birchwood Dairy 


We have many smaller strip malls, but the 3 main malls for shopping are (with High Street having the most selection):

1. High Street Shopping Centre
2. Seven Oaks Mall
3. West Oaks Mall

6. Sports Facilities

Ledgeview Golf Course

World class golf course that has produced many pro players, the course is challenging yet playable. The new clubhouse was built in 2021, has space for events and an upscale restaurant, Tavern on the Green, with spectacular views of the course. The club's website here.

Abbotsford Recreation Centre

Known as The ARC, this facility has swimming, hot tub & sauna, 2 gymnasiums, a fitness centre and an Olympic sized skating rink; there's something for everyone here.  Located right across the parking lot is the Abbotsford Curling Club, that site HERE.

Great West Fitness and Tennis Club

5 outdoor courts and 4 indoor courts with a viewing lounge, a fitness centre and adjacent sports bar aptly named Sneakers.  Courts are available to non members at very reasonable rates and they have a ball machine to rent. Club site here

Abbotsford Centre

Home of the Abbotsford Canucks, the Centre offers concerts when the beloved Vancouver Canucks farm team isn't on the ice. Tickets for the Abbotsford Canucks HERE.

7. Parks & Hiking Trails

Nestled amidst forested mountains, Abbotsford boasts 64 parks, 72 playgrounds, and 2500 acres of lush green space, providing prime habitats for diverse wildlife. From hiking and mountain biking to birdwatching, there is no shortage of outdoor activities.

Trail maps including difficulty and reviews, head on over to All Trails Abbotsford, and a map for the parks can be found below.

8. Places of Worship

Abbotsford has more than 100 churches and places of worship. There is a range of faiths represented here in the city, and we lay claim to the oldest Sikh temple in North America, Gur Sikh Temple, at now over 110 years old. For a comprehensive list of places of worship, with addresses and phone numbers, follow the link HERE.

9. Transit

A car is recommended in Abbotsford, but there is the bus system that is sufficient for getting around. The city's highlight is its own airport, Abbotsford International Airport (code YXX). If you don't mind a layover, most likely in Calgary, you can reach almost any destination. For those looking to get to Vancouver without a car, head to Mission and take the West Coast Express, operating Monday through Friday. This train takes you directly to Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver, and the scenic views along the way are worth experiencing at least once.

10. Downtown Abbotsford

Historic Downtown

Downtown is a walkable neighbourhood in the heart of Abbotsford full of local shops, cafes and restaurants in restored heritage buildings.  You can start your day with a coffee at Old Hand, do some shopping at Yes Chef, check out some art at Modern Mix and grab a burger at BrgrBrgr.  

Local businesses are numerous and varied, from spin classes at Iron Cycle, a shared workspace at Studioture to a lovely bistro and shop at Re:Vive.

A number of newer condo and townhouse projects are set to complete soon, Rail District and Jacob are two of note.

And you can come and visit us at the Flat Iron Building, home to our brokerage, Vybe Realty.

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