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Abbotsford History, British Columbia

In ancient times when gold was sent to the mint of San Francisco, thousands of inhabitants moved into this territory to make their fortune. One of the early settlers in the area was John Cunningham Maclure, who was a royal engineer and participated in building the Old Yale Road. He received a crown grant on 160 acres of land that later became the village of Abbotsford.

After 68 days, Mr. Maclure transferred the title to his son John Charles who sold the title to Robert Ward just after 67 days. The village was named “Harry Abbott” after the family friend of Mr. Maclure. Harry Abbott was a western Superintendent.

The Abbotsford Lumber Company and many other companies correlated to the development of Abbotsford town. Industrial and agricultural development took place with the discovery of the fire clay on Sumas Mountain. Most of the houses in Abbotsford were built by brick produced by Vancouver Fireclay Company.

Later as the area became more populated, Abbotsford witnessed more agricultural and industrial growth.

'Inter-Urban' railway system connected Abbotsford with different cities. The railway service was known as 'milk run.' The train system was a vital contribution to the transportation system of the city. It was used to deliver fresh milk and cream to the markets of the main cities.

A feasible plan for the city’s drainage system was formed in 1919.

Abbotsford is situated in the heart of Fraser Valley. Abbotsford has an eclectic blend of urban and country living. It offers a diversity of travel experience. Abbotsford has world-renowned attractions and it is a perfect place for your holidays. The city is a result of amalgamation of the districts of Abbotsford and MATSQUI and it is situated in the most agricultural area in Canada.

Abbotsford is close to Vancouver and it has experienced a strong population growth in the recent years. It also has a diversified economy based on agriculture, poultry, dairy, horticulture and berries. Abbotsford is also known as the Raspberry Capital of Canada.

The city is a centre of aviation industry and a flight-training centre is also situated here. The Abbotsford International Air Show is also hosted on the airport. The city is served by many educational institutes including universities, colleges, training centers, Mennonite Educational Institute and community colleges.

Abbotsford offers a diversified travel experiences to the visitors. There are a lot tourism spots and places of historical importance. Tourists from all over the world visit Abbotsford to explore its beauty and natural wonders. There are many water spots, mountains, theme parks, museums, zoo, theatres, cultural centers and many wonderful natural landscapes.

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