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Abbotsford, British Columbia

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Welcome to Abbotsford ...

The city of Abbotsford was established in 1892 and was incorporated February 22, 1924.

The origin (or the toponymy) of Abbotsford: Named after Harry Braithwaite Abbott (1829-1915), the General Superintendent of CPR's Pacific Division.

Abbotsford is 120 feet [37 m] above sea level.<1>.

Time Zone: Abbotsford lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time. The time zone in French: PST- Heure Normale du Pacifique (HNP), PDT- Heure Avancée du Pacifique (HAP).

Area codes for Abbotsford: (604) and (778)<2>

The Canadian Postal Codes for Abbotsford: V2S, V2T, V3G, V4X<3>

Websites for Abbotsford ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Communities Also Named Abbotsford ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 4 communities that are also named Abbotsford - they are located in Michigan, North Dakota, Quebec and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Abbotsford.

Communities near Abbotsford ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Abbotsford.

  • Maple Ridge
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    • Maple Ridge lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<4> to the northwest of Abbotsford
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maple Ridge came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<5>
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maple Ridge
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Maple Ridge<6>
  • Chilliwack
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chilliwack
    • Chilliwack lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<4> to the northeast of Abbotsford
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Chilliwack. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<7>
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chilliwack
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chilliwack<6>
  • Mission
  • Langley
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    • Ferndale [Whatcom County]
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      • Ferndale [Whatcom County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<4> to the southwest of Abbotsford
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,531 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ferndale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ferndale<6>
    • Lynden [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lynden
      • Lynden [Whatcom County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<4> to the southwest of Abbotsford
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,408 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lynden
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lynden<6>
    • Aldergrove
    • Everson [Whatcom County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Everson
      • Everson [Whatcom County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<4> to the south of Abbotsford
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,888 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Everson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Everson<6>
    • Nooksack [Whatcom County]
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      • Nooksack [Whatcom County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<4> to the south of Abbotsford
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,659 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nooksack have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nooksack
    • Cultus Lake

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Abbotsford. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Abbotsford.

We have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Abbotsford. See our Newspapers Page for Abbotsford.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Abbotsford ...

Looking for more information about Abbotsford? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Abbotsford, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Abbotsford.

Adding Abbotsford to Our Gazetteer ...

Our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Abbotsford was

We also found Abbotsford on a map titled Shell Oil Road Map for British Columbia (1956).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Abbotsford on our Genealogy Page.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for Province of British Columbia:

Footnotes ...

<1>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Abbotsford - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<2>Area code (778) is an overlay for area code (604).
<3>The Canadian Postal Code consists of 6 characters, where the first three characters are the 'Forward Sortation Area (FSA)', with the last three characters being the 'Local Delivery Unit (LDU)'. In the case of Abbotsford, we provide only the FSA and not the LDU. The Canadian Postal Codes were created as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. So keep in mind that any given Postal Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Abbotsford). The boundaries of the Postal Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other Postal Codes. When looking for a Postal Code, whether Abbotsford or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the Canada Post / Postes Canada.
<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Abbotsford) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Abbotsford. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AbbotsfordOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Abbotsford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 49.0504, Longitude: -122.3045    
<5>If we have found a location and have questions about the accuracy of our information, we will simply say that the marker is 'in the vicinity'. We are not confident about the location and the position of our marker is only a rough guide. If we have too many doubts about the location, we will not include it in our database.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






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