On January 1, 1995, the former districts of Matsqui and Abbotsford combined to form the city of Abbotsford. With a population of 104,000, Abbotsford is the regional centre of the Fraser Valley and provides a wide variety of retail, recreational and government services. The city covers an area of approximately 138.5 square naes and is bordered by Langley to the west, Chilliwack to the east, Washington state to the south and the Fraser River to the north.
Abbotsford was founded over I00 years ago and has a strong agricultural base. the manufacturing sector is diversified and offers everything from aircraft remanufacturing to wooden gift items. There are more than 250 local manufacturers.
Two major malls in the Clearbrook area anchor a strong retail sector and attract customers from all over the Fraser Valley. In addition, neighbourhood shopping areas provide opportunities to find unique products.
Abbotsford Airport is home to the Abbotsford International Airshow,which takes place the second week in August each year, and Airshow Canada, North Ametica's premier aviation show. The trade show is held in conjunction with the flying show every second year.
The Central Fraser Valley Agricultural Fair takes place B.C. Day weekend and draws crowds from throughout the province and Washington state.
Abbotsford has a skating rink, recreation centres and a multitude of sports leagues for all age groups.
Educational opportunities are available from kindergarten to the university level. The University College of Fraser Valley offers four-year degree programs as well as two-year diploma courses and vocational offerings. The Career Technical Centre provides high school students with the opportunities to combine graduation requirements with technology courses equivalent to the first year of college.