Hiking and Fishing Filled Summer in Abbotsford
Whether you live around Abbotsford or are looking for a spectacular summer getaway, the entire Abbotsford area is an adventure-packed landscape filled with picturesque waterways out of a fisher’s dreams and winding hiking trails for all abilities.
Fraser Valley Fishing
Throughout the Fraser Valley, there are incredible opportunities for fishers of all ages and skill levels to experience. Some of the most popular fishing areas in the Fraser Valley include:
Fraser River: As the largest river in British Columbia, the Fraser River boasts a large population of White Sturgeon. As it is a large river, fishers are advised to arrive with necessary safety equipment, a larger boat, and fishing rods and line that will able to catch large White Sturgeon and even salmon.
Mill Lake: Mill Lake is a shallow lake in Abbotsford, perfect for the urban fisherman. The city allows the lake to be stocked with rainbow trout in spring and fall months. As a great spot for solo fishers and families alike, you can fish on the shore or use a small boat to get to the center of the lake.
Morris Lake: Morris Lake is a lake for electric motorized boats, but you can also cast from the shore. With a wide range of fish including Pink Salmon, Brown Bullhead, and Lake Whitefish, it’s a great fishing spot for those looking for variety.
Stave Lake and Stave River: Stave Lake and Stave River is a year-round fishing hotspot for fishers from all over the Lower Mainland. If you’re seeking a little solitude, try to avoid the lake and river on the weekends, as it can be quite busy. Bring the right equipment for salmon season, and fly fishing equipment during winter and spring for Cutthroat Trout.
Summer Hiking Trails Around Abbotsford
As one of the go-to hiking areas around Abbotsford, outdoor lovers of all ages will thrive with the wide range of available hiking trails. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick urban hike or a long, winding walk, a summer in Abbotsford calls for plenty of hikes.
Sumas Mountain: Sumas Mountain is a go-to hike for many in the Lower Mainland, located between Chilliwack and Abbotsford. A round-trip hike is 13.5 kilometers long, so make sure that you bring an adequate amount of food and water to enjoy at lookouts.
Abby Grind: With a scenic viewpoint, this hike is around 2 kilometers long, and is quite popular for people around Abbotsford as a quick hiking trail.
Mount Cheam: When you reach the top of this 9.5km round-trip hike, prepare to have your breath taken away. The viewpoint boasts a 360 degree from Chilliwack towards the surrounding towns, lakes, and rivers.
Matsqui Trail Regional Park: If you’re looking for a well-maintained, low level and flat trail , the Matsqui Trail is the backcountry trail for you. A round-trip is about 26.9 kilometers and along the trails you get great views of the river and lush scenery. Although this trail is mainly a hiking trail, it is also used for those wishing to do backcountry horseback riding and trail biking.
Mill Lake Park: Mill Lake Trail is in urban Abbotsford. As a 2-kilometer trail, it’s popular among families with a water park, outdoor pool, and playgrounds dotted along the journey.
Rolley Lake: Rolley Lake is a small lake suitable for family walks. With a playground, small beach, and peaceful views of the lake, it’s an easy and enjoyable 5-kilometer walk round-trip.
Fishtrap Creek: As a paved trail, Fishtrap Creek is a popular quick walk that will take hikers a little over one hour. Great for quiet walks or runs, you’ll meander in and out of small duck ponds along the way and quickly forget you’re in the middle of the city.
If you’re ready to pack your fishing equipment or hiking bag already, don’t forget to book your accommodations at Coast Abbotsford Hotel. Located on a peaceful hill, you’ll forget that you’re close to restaurants, bars, and other urban entertainment.