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Handmade and Homegrown

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.

These photos and tours are possible through the generous support of our partners.

Historic Walking Tours

Tour Spots in Abbotsford

Then and Now Photos

The Freemason Hall The Freemason Hall

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The Freemason Hall - 1912

A crowd of people in their Sunday best have gathered for the laying of the cornerstone of the community's Freemason Hall.

View Across Abbotsford View Across Abbotsford

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View Across Abbotsford - 1920

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 A Sunday Picnic

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A Sunday Picnic - 1920

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.

May Day Parade Float May Day Parade Float

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May Day Parade Float - 1925

Boy scouts and girls pose for a photo in front of the May Day parade float before the start of the parade. In the background is Abbotsford's high school. The building still survives but has been heavily renovated and is now the Abbotsford Virtual School.

Matsqui's Lutheran Church Matsqui's Lutheran Church

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Matsqui's Lutheran Church - 1957

A more recent shot of Matsqui's Lutheran Church.