With every season, the Fraser Valley offers something new to touch, smell, see, hear, and taste. From outdoor adventures, community parties, and stunning scenery to the unique shops, wineries, breweries, and other craft goods, the Fraser Valley is waiting to awaken every one of your senses. In this Come to Your Senses series, we’ll take you on a trip through the Fraser Valley that will help you do just that. You can also take a look at our first Come To Your Senses video for more ideas on exploring the Fraser Valley.
With spring on the way, it’s time to take in the smell and sight of flowers blooming, the taste of fresh produce, and the sound of the world coming out of its winter slumber. We’ve got the list of upcoming events, local spots, and where to find it all.
As the temperature outside rises, the valley begins to feel the signs of spring: fresh grass, dew in the morning, and warm sunshine. There is no better way to experience it than the hike up Elk Mountain. This Chilliwack trail takes you from the fresh forest floor up to the softening snow on the ridge of the mountain.
If you are looking for some kid-friendly experiences, head to Kensington Prairie Farms, home to 12 Huacaya alpacas and over 30 farm animals. Visitors can pet fuzzy alpacas before their spring shearing, sign up for a farm tour, and shop at their farm boutique to browse a selection of alpaca products.
Photo from Circle Farm Tours
Springtime brings a burst of aromas as the ground thaws and leaves room for new grass and blooming flowers. Check out the selection of spring flowers at Floralista Flower Shop in Fort Langley and be sure to make a trip to the annual tulip festivals: Bloom in Abbotsford and Tulips of the Valley in Chilliwack. With earlier mornings and longer days, a good caffeine jolt is necessary to get you going. Take in the rich smell of roasts from Republica Coffee Roasters or Clik Coffee.
Photo from @abbotsfordtullipfestival
If you’re looking for a rainy day activity, you can see the handiwork of the Fraser Valley at the 4th Annual Spring Market. The show hosts local valley businesses, fashion, and home decor, with over 90 door prizes and free admission.
Amidst spring break, Easter holiday, and warmer weather, neighbourhood kids have a few more reasons to start playing outside again. Little voices can be heard playing in the yard after school or hunting down Easter eggs at the 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Chilliwack Corn Maze. Kids will get the chance to take a photo with the Easter bunny, get their face painted, visit animals, ride pedal carts, and create crafts.
Locals can also hear the chirp of song sparrows and purple finches as they come out after the cold weather. The best spots to birdwatch can be found in Great Blue Heron Reserve in Chilliwack and Willband Park in Abbotsford.
Photo from Chilliwack Corn Maze
Spring means fresh crops of rhubarb, asparagus, carrots, beans, and radishes. Farmer’s Markets like Farm & Country, Langley Community Market, or That Local Market start to set up tents so you can buy produce right from your backyard. Of course, nothing pairs better with a meal of fresh, local ingredients than a local brew. Grab a West Coast IPA or BC Backyard Lager from Old Yale Brewing’s Four Season line up and enjoy the taste of this BC season.
Ready to touch, smell, see, hear, and taste your way through the Fraser Valley? The best way to fully experience spring in the Fraser Valley is to see it in person. Start planning your trip with our trip planner here.