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Known as the Agriculture Capital of Canada, this large rural city in the country is set against stunning views of British Columbia’s (BC) Coast Mountains and Washington’s Mount Baker. With a lower cost of living than Metro Vancouver, the area attracts residents who want a slower pace and enjoy a small-town feel.

Fraser Health region - Abbotsford, BC

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Abbotsford is located in the heart of the Fraser Valley, one hour (70km) southeast of Vancouver’s city centre. The city borders Washington state, USA, directly to the south, which is easily accessible via the Abbotsford-Sumas border crossing.
Home to more than 141,000 people, Abbotsford is the largest population in the Fraser Valley Regional District and the fifth largest city in BC.
From breathtaking wineries to sprawling berry farms, Abbotsford is known as the agriculture capital of Canada. Other thriving industries are film, television and special events, niche manufacturing, transportation (aviation and aerospace) and retail.
Abbotsford boasts a variety of exciting activities for everyone with easy access to downhill skiing, white water rafting, sturgeon fishing, hot springs, camping, mountain-top hiking, waterslides, theme parks, scenic gardens, wineries and breweries, concerts, nightlife, shopping and much more.

Some of Abbotsford’s most well-known events and attractions include the Abbotsford Airshow, formerly the Abbotsford Tulip Festival, TRADEX Trade and Exhibition Centre, and Abbotsford Centre.

Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) is found just outside the city centre and is the second largest airport in the Lower Mainland after Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Abbotsford has a number of public and private schools from kindergarten through to grade 12.

University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford main campus has a growing number of post-secondary and continuing education programs.

Career Colleges: Career Gate Community College, Sprott Shaw Community College, Vancouver Career College, Metis Skills and Employment Centre, and CDI College.
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Fraser Health region - Abbotsford, BC

Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre

Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre is a 280 bed, University of British Columbia affiliated hospital offering medical, surgical, obstetrics, inpatient pediatrics, renal, cardiology, tertiary palliative care, helipad, as well as 24/7 emergency services with nearly 80,000 visits annually.


Emergency Department Renovation and Redesign Project

The hospital recently underwent a renovation and redesign of its Emergency Department that now includes a dedicated area for mental health and substance use care, a new nursing substation, and a relocated ambulance bay, among other features, to help improve patient flow and experience.

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“I do appreciate Abbotsford’s lifestyle. It is fairly low key. I have a group of friends and we just hang out together. It’s close to the city, so you have an hour drive and you are in Vancouver or any other Lower Mainland city. The mountains are close by, the ocean is an hour away as well, but you can be a little bit removed and have a quieter lifestyle here, which I appreciate.”
ICU RN, Abbotsford Regional Hospital
Chamber of Commerce, Abbotsford, 2007, (Retrieved from, February 2021)
World Population Review, 2021, (Retrieved from, February 2021)
World Atlas, 2021, (Retrieved from, February 2021)
City of Abbotsford, Economic Development, 2021, (Retrieved from, Febraury 2021)
*Reporting Library. Provided by Integrated Analytics, August 2019.