Summer 2020 will always remind me of the amazing travels our family had. Like the 48hrs of fun, we had in the Fraser Valley.
Believe it or not, but I think we probably had the best summer as a family yet. Let me explain, this summer we spent a lot, and when I say a lot, I mean A LOT of time together. I’m sure you did too! Which meant, creating all the memories and enjoying every single moment.
Our family even managed to sneak in a trip to Vancouver this past August for my birthday. I’m so glad we did because we finally got to play tourist in Vancouver. More specifically, in Abbotsford and Chilliwack, which are considered the Fraser Valley.
Similiar: Visiting Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina
Day 1 – Abbotsford [Fraser Valley]
We got in really late the Wednesday before, so our adventures didn’t start until Thursday after some much-needed rest! After all, a 13-hour drive will do that to you 😛
The next morning we headed to Taves Family Farm. However, we did make a quick pit stop to Highstreet. [Which we used to visit often back when we lived in Vancouver.]. Anyways, back to our adventures.
Tave Family Farm is located in Abbotsford, BC, and offers tons of year-round activities. We went in the summer (August), so we had the pleasure of seeing the new Sunflower patch (trust me you want to make sure you visit), and some Goji Berry picking. But they also offer family fun activities like Apple Picking, a Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides, Pony Rides, Corn Maze, etc.
It’s such a fun spot to bring the family, I wish we had visited more often when we were locals. I was able to snap these beautiful sunflower pictures for my birthday on their property.
Where to Stay in Abbotsford
For the night, we called the Quality Inn Hotel home. If you’ve ever driven on the Trans-Canada Highway, you’ve probably noticed it because it is located right next to Castle Fun Park! It’s the prime location for those looking for much-needed rest after days or hours on the road. The hotel also offers event space, a conference center, and an indoor pool.
Our family enjoyed our stay in the Executive One Bedroom Suite, which is almost as big as our basement in Alberta, so it really did feel like home 😛
The hotel room was perfect for our family of 5 because the suite came with a pull-out couch, a king bed, living room space, mini-fridge, and more!
Day 2 – Chilliwack [ Fraser Valley]
The next morning we woke up and you guessed it!! It was my birthday and we had B I G plans. In true Vancouver style, the rain showed up just in time for my birthday plans. However, we weren’t about to let a little rain stop us from having all the fun.
Naturally, I woke up with a pep in my step, because today was all about ME. It’s my last year in my twenties and I really wanted to start it with some great memories to look back on.
The first stop of the day was Cultus Lake Marina. If you haven’t checked out this spot yet, you need to! Cultus Lake Marina offers a variety of modern watercraft rentals. Such as Jet-Skis, Boat Rentals, Pontoon Rentals, plus all the water accessories. They also provide you life jackets and a temporary boat license for the day.
Our family had a blast cruising around Cultus Lake. Because of the rain, the lake was empty! So we had the lake to ourselves 🙂 Which was pretty awesome.! We even braved the water and jumped in, which was surprisingly warm.
Next time you are visiting Cultus Lake, make sure you check out Cultus Lake Marina, I promise you will be the best mom ever 😛
Day 2 – Chilliwack Continued
To end our adventure in the Fraser Valley, we headed to another amazing farm in Abbotsford called Maan Farms. By this time, it was pouring rain outside. So, when we arrived at Maan Farms, we were so thankful to be greeted with a smile and a warm meal. This was our first time visiting Maan farms, and we didn’t know what to expect. I had no idea that they served food and even offered take-out. Wish I would have known earlier!
This family-focused farm has so many great activities for you to enjoy, yes even when it rains. Depending on the season, they offer Goat Yoga, Wedding Venue, Wine Tasting, Berry Picking, Sunflower Patch, Pumpkin Patch, and more. They are currently offering their Scary Corn Maze! Head to their sites to book your tickets now before they sell out.
48 hours in the Fraser Valley goes by so quickly when you enjoying all the things it has to offer. With that being said, there are still so many other places we would like to visit when we’re back again. We had such an incredible time playing tourist and we can’t wait to do it again. I will cherish the memories we made, yes including the rain.