The district of Abbotsford was the creation after the merger in the year 1972 with the District of Sumas and Abbotsford. The District of Matsqui then amalgamated with the District of Abbotsford during the year 1995, making Abbotsford City.
Fraser Valley's unique urban setting and its land areas provide varied outdoor experiences and adventures. The Matsquio Regional Park can be a haven for camping, biking, fishing and hiking. It could also be a good location to do some parachute jumping to see a bird's eye view of the whole Fraser Valley. Three mini golf courses and go carts at Castle Fun Park is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon. They could also go and visit a working farm, touch various types of animals like for example fish, cattle and goats. The Mighty Fraser Country is likewise a good place for down hill skiing, hiking, visiting theme parks / beautiful gardens, white water rafting, enjoying hot springs and sturgeon fishing.
Ultra modern shopping centers are the most common sites along the City's urban centre of South Fraser Way. Historic Downtown Abbotsford is home to specialty stores which provide the best site to acquire anything unique. Each Sunday, Abbotsford is the home of the area's biggest swap meet and flee market. Saturday mornings from May to October offers an amusing opportunity to be able to enjoy the sounds, smells and sights of the Abbotsford Farm and Country Market. The Circle Farm Tour provides the visitors the chance to explore local agricultural operations and find out more concerning the origins of food. It is likewise a good location to purchase fresh produce such as organic produce, strawberries, chocolate, cold climate wine, ice cream and honey.
The city of Abbotsford has one of the most diverse local economies. The cities main industries are: manufacturing, retail, transportation, and agriculture. Within Canada, the city of Abbotsford earns the highest dollar per acre of agricultural land.