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There are so many trails throughout Abbotsford for you to experience. First off we have the beautiful Discovery Trail, which is a paved path (making it wheelchair accessible) spanning across the West to East of Abbotsford. The start of this gorgeous 62 km trail starts at Gardner Park and travels North-East through Fishtrap Creek Park, heading North to Clearbrook Park. At Clearbrook Park you can venture West and it ends up at a field with powerlines behind Homestead Crescent.
Or from Clearbrook Park you can go East, traveling through Clearbrook Park all the way to the Abbotsford Exhibition Park on Haida Drive. From there you go through Gladwin Park, and across Gladwin Road the Discovery Trail continues along the side of Old Riverside Road behind the houses to Horn Street. You have to walk South about a block to the other entrance to the Trail again. Then it continues North-East until Valley Road. You have to continue East down Valley until you reach the Abbotsford-Mission Highway (Hwy 11).
From Hwy 11 you have to travel South and go East up Hazelwood Avenue. Just after the U-Haul building on the right, you will see another entrance to the Discovery Trail. The trail travels South-East, then along Elmwood Drive, across the street at Immel Street to the next entrance. From there you travel along Old Clayburn Road, onto High Drive, and back onto the trail. Then it travels through Cassiar Park up to McKee Road where you cross to stay on it, and it goes through McKee Creek. You pass through a tunnel under Whatcom Road, and on the other side you go through some residential areas and the trail ends coming out onto either Sandringham Drive, or Walter Road.
Discovery Trail is a great place to take your stroller, pet or a bike and get some fresh air.
Matsqui Trail Regional Park stretches along the Fraser River and under the Abbotsford-Mission Bridge. The trails are gravel and flat making it perfect for exercising yourself, your dogs or horses. There are several access points to the trails that go on for over 10 km. Along the trails you get great views of the local farms, mountains, the river as well as looking over the river to Mission. Matsqui Trail ends at Sumas Mountain at the quarry. Along the trail are picnic tables as well as fire pits. It is a beautiful place to walk.
Located: In Abbotsford through to Chilliwack
Sumas Mountain is one of the most well known mountains of the Fraser Valley.It is located along the North side of the Trans Canada Highway between Abbotsford and Chilliwack. Sumas Mountain Inter-Regional Park is a total of 1,471 hectares. The trails are moderate to difficult with some steep sections. The trails join up with the Chadsey Lake loop trail. From the East, the trail is 16 km long and would take the average person about 9 hours for a round trip. From the West the trail is about 12 km long and would take the average person about 5 – 6 hours round trip.
Located: In Abbotsford
Whether you’re there to picnic, swim or fish, this is a popular place for hikers. The route isn’t paved, it’s a bit of a scramble jumping logs, and can get muddy, the trail is about 2km so allow two hours for the round trip. Chadsey Lake is also known as The Lost Lake, you can only reach it by hiking to it. From Taggart Road it is about a 5 km hike to the lake.
For your full day hiking needs, here it is. This trail is 13.5 km for the full loop. The viewpoints alone make this trip totally worth it. This trail has the option to connect to the Chadsey Lake Trail making it a seven hour, day long hike.
This gorgeous gravel trail is located in Chilliwack along the Vedder River and is 8 km long. It’s great for running, horse-back riding, biking or walking. It connects to the Vedder North Dyke trail as well as the Peach Creek Rotary Trail. Parking is along a few locations since the trail hits each one. You can park at Vedder Park, Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, Hopedale Road, Lickman Road, and Peach Park. There are picnic areas along the trail perfect for a family walk and picnic, benches, as well as portable washrooms.
Located: Cultus Lake, BC
This is a great trail for the whole family. There are tons of trees shielding you from either rain or that hot sun. It is the perfect place to take that outdoorsy date, the trees are beautiful and the view is stunning. The trails are dirt trails, making it perfect for hiking and biking and there is a boardwalk. Seven Sisters Trail has been called “Chilliwack’s Little Narnia.” A Must see.