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Abbotsford

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Abbotsford is a sprawling municipality on the banks of the Fraser River. Home to the Sto:lo First Nation for thousands of years, the historic downtown was first laid out by European settlers in 1891 alongside the Old Yale Road, a track used by gold-seekers to reach the Interior. Abbotsford has since grown into a large city, with many industries, rich farmland, and a young population. Abbotsford is made up of a number of different communities outside the historic downtown, notably Matsqui Village, a Scandinavian farming settlement that is featured in one of our walking tours.

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View Across Abbotsford


View Across Abbotsford View Across Abbotsford
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1920 & Now

A photo taken from the Old Yale Road showing the railway line running through Abbotsford's townsite. On the right you can see the train station.

A Sunday Picnic


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A group of people enjoying a picnic on the Matsqui Prairie. This photo location is an approximation of the original spot, since there were no identifying landmarks.

Matsqui's Lutheran Church


Matsqui's Lutheran Church Matsqui's Lutheran Church
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1957 & Now

A more recent shot of Matsqui's Lutheran Church.


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