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ABBOTSFORD, BRITISH COLUMBIA

As Abbotsford movers, Ferguson Moving and Storage is committed to giving you the best
information for helping you move to or within Abbotsford.

We hope you will find the following information useful.

In 1995 the District of Matsqui, Abbotsford and the Village of Clearbrook amalgamated to create the
new City of Abbotsford. Abbotsford is surrounded by the Fraser River to the north, the American border
to the south, Langley to the west and Chilliwack to the east.

Abbotsford is approximately 70 km southeast of downtown Vancouver, by means of the Trans-Canada
Highway #1 or the Fraser Highway #1A. Situated in the Lower Fraser Valley, Abbotsford is one of
the most productive agricultural areas in British Columbia.

The population of Abbotsford numbers approximately 123,864.

HISTORY

After gold was discovered in the Fraser River the British sent Royal Engineers to survey the area.
John Cunningham Maclure purchased 160 acres in 1889, which would eventually become the village of
Abbotsford. He later sold the land to his son who in turn sold it to Robert Ward. Ward filed for
town site subdivision in 1891. Abbotsford was named after a friend of the Maclure family, Harry
Abbott. Abbott was the Western Superintendent of the C.P.R.

When the C.P.R. spur line reached Abbotsford the area opened up economically. May saw mills were
built between 1890-1919. The establishment of the Abbotsford Lumber Company by the Tretheway
Family helped the development of Abbotsford in every way.

LIFE IN ABBOTSFORD

Abbotsford is the commercial and regional hub for the Fraser Valley. The economy of Abbotsford is
based on agriculture, transportation, precision manufacturing and retail. In recent years, because
of the beautiful surroundings tourism is becoming an important component in the economy.

ATTRACTIONS

Mill Lake Park – The park offers nature trails, a picnic area, outdoor swimming pool, playground,
and a running track.

Abbotsford Discovery Trail – A 10km paved, all season pathway connecting the community.

Castle Fun Park – A year-round amusement park, which includes mini golf, go-carts and batting
cages. Tretheway House and Heritage Site – Abbotsford Lumber Company built this arts and crafts
bungalow for BC timber baron J.O. Tretheway in 1920. Tour the house and beautiful gardens.

Annual Events – Abbotsford is host to numerous annual festivities including Canada Day Celebrations
and the Berry Festival in July and the Agrifair and Rodeo in August.

Abbotsford Farm and Country Market – The Market is held during the months of May to October, on
Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in downtown Abbotsford. Vendors include fresh produce, baked
goods and arts and crafts.

MEDIA

One of the best ways to learn about your new community is to subscribe to the local newspaper.
Many publishers will mail their newspaper to you, even before you move. For more information, please
contact:
“Abbotsford Times”
30887 Peardonville Rd.
Abbotsford, BC V2T 6K2
(604) 854-5244 www.abbotsfordtimes.com
“Abbotsford News”
34375 Gladys Ave. Abbotsford, BC V2S 2H5
(604) 853-1144

Local FM Radio Station:
CKQC ………………………………… 107.1

TRANSPORTATION

Driver and Vehicle Licencing–ICBC ……. 1-800-950-1498
Central Fraser Valley Transit ………………. (604) 854-3232

MEDICAL SERVICES

A list of names and addresses of physicians currently accepting new patients is available from:
Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre
32900 Marshall Rd. Abbotsford, BC V2S 0C2
(604) 851-4700
www.fraserhealth.ca

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS

*Please confirm these emergency numbers when you arrive in your new community.
AMBULANCE …………………………………………… 911
FIRE ………………………………………………………….. 911
POLICE …………………………………………………….. 911

EDUCATION

For information regarding curriculum and enrollment procedures, please contact:
School District #34 (Abbotsford)
2790 Tims St. Abbotsford, BC V2T 4M7
(604) 859-4891 www.sd34.bc.ca
Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese
150 Robson St. Vancouver, BC V6B 2A7
(604) 683-9331 www.cisva.bc.ca

Additional educational institutes:

University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road Abbotsford, BC V2S 7M8
(604) 853-7441 www.ufv.ca

RECREATION

For information about facilities, clubs and sports leagues in your area, please contact:
Parks and Recreation ……………………………………. (604) 859-3134
Matsqui Recreation Centre ……………………………. (604) 855-0500
Abbotsford Recreation Centre ………………………. (604) 853-4221
Mount Lehman Library ………………………………… (604) 856-4908
MSA Centennial Library ………………………………. (604) 853-1753

PUBLIC SERVICES

Cable TV: Shaw Cable …………………………………………………………… (604) 856-5721
Website ……………………………………………………………………. www.shaw.ca

Hydro: B.C. Hydro …………………………………………………………… 1-800-224-9376
Website …………………………………………………………….. www.bchydro.com

Gas: Terasen Gas ………………………………………………………… 1-888-224-2710
Website …………………………………………………………….. www.terasen.com

Garbage: Engineering Department ……………………………………….. (604) 864-5514
City Collection Inquiries …………………………………………. (604) 853-5485
WSI Collection Inquiries ………………………………………… (604) 864-9177

Recycling: Recycling Hotline ………………………………………………… 1-800-667-4321
Engineering Department …………………………………………. (604) 864-5514

Water: General Inquiries …………………………………………………… (604) 864-5485

Telephone: Telus (outside BC) ……………………………………………….. 1-888-811-2323
Telus (within BC) ……………………………………………………………. 310-2255
Website …………………………………………………………………. www.telus.com
The telephone area code for Abbotsford is 604.

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

The Chamber of Commerce is the best source of information about your new community. Many of these
groups have brochures and booklets full of local facts. Please contact:
Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce
#207, 32900 South Fraser Way
Abbotsford, BC V2S 5A1
(604) 859-9651 www.abbotsfordchamber.com
For other information on your new community, including brochures and area maps, contact:
City Clerk
32315 South Fraser Way
Abbotsford, BC V2T 1W7
(604) 853-2281
For more information about Abbotsford, visit their website at www.abbotsford.ca.

MOVING TIPS BROCHURES

Call Mayflowers’ Marketing Department at 1 -866-557-5150 to order the following brochures:
Household Goods Protection Packing Tips Dangerous Goods

WELCOME WAGON

Welcome Wagon is a free service to help you get acquainted with your new community by providing
valuable information about your new area and gifts from local merchants.
Click here to fill out an on line request form for a Welcome Wagon visit.

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