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Abbotsford, British Columbia

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Welcome to Abbotsford ...

From the 2006 Statistics Canada (StatCan) census, Abbotsford had a population of 124,258 people.<1>

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.<2>.

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) & (778)<3>

The Canadian Postal Codes for Abbotsford: V2S, V2T, V3G, V4X<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2006 StatCan census, Abbotsford had a population of 124,258 people.

The population of Abbotsford represents 3.02% of the total population of British Columbia (which had 4,113,487 people at that time), making it British Colombia's 5th most populous community.

With a 2006 count of 124,258 people, the population of Abbotsford increased 7.59% from the 2001 StatCan census (which had a count of 115,494 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Abbotsford.

Communities near Abbotsford ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you drove.<5>.

Community   2006
Aldergrove   [Map]   ---   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
Chilliwack   [Map]   58,593   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Cultus Lake   [Map]   ---   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
Langley   [Map]   23,606   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
Maple Ridge   [Map]   68,949   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
Mission   [Map]   34,505   N   6 miles [9.7 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities, please visit the Nearby Page for Abbotsford.

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.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Abbotsford. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • We have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Abbotsford.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Abbotsford:

Websites for Abbotsford ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Abbotsford:

The official website for Province of British Columbia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Unless noted otherwise, the population counts we use should be considered estimates. Our population values for Abbotsford were taken from various sources and although they can be traced back to Statistics Canada (StatCan), they should not be considered official.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Abbotsford - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>Area code (778) is an overlay for area code (604).

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<4>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.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn 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 for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Abbotsford

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Abbotsford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 49.0500, Longitude: -122.3000     [Map].

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