Tucked between the Coast and Cascade mountain ranges, the Fraser Valley Ale Trail offers a mix of relaxing countryside, urban culture, and rugged backcountry beauty and its history of hop growing is reflected in its diverse craft breweries.
Located less than an hour’s drive east of Vancouver, the Fraser Valley is the largest agricultural region in British Columbia, making it the ideal place to experience authentic farm fresh experiences. Get lost in berry patches and apple orchards, hike along scenic trails, visit a local farmer’s market or fill your belly with a farm-to-plate meal. You’ll also discover trendy restaurants and lounges, exciting sport venues, and unique shopping opportunities. Along the way, sample a wide variety of delicious, locally brewed craft beers.
Hops, which are a key ingredient in beer that provide bitterness, flavour and aroma, have been grown in the Fraser Valley for more than a century. In the 1940s and 1950s, nearly 2,000 acres of hops were under cultivation there, drawing thousands of hop pickers during harvest time at the end of each summer. Gradually, the industry dwindled away, but recently, hop farming has returned to this fertile agricultural region — largely thanks to the growth of craft brewing there.
This tradition of farming is celebrated perfectly by two farm-based breweries located in the Fraser Valley: Locality Brewing in Langley, and Farmhouse Brewing in Chilliwack. At each of these breweries you truly taste the terroir of the beer since the farms use barley and hops they grow and harvest themselves.
Old Yale Brewing‘s popular location is tucked away in the verdant and fertile farmland of the Chilliwack River valley, while those seeking more of an urban experience can check out Bricklayer Brewing and Field House CHWK, which recently joined Flashback Brewing in downtown Chilliwack. Abbotsford, the largest city in the Valley, is home to Ravens Brewing and the original Field House Brewing.
Nearby, Langley has its own burgeoning scene with several breweries. In the Langley City area, check out Farm Country Brewing and the KPU Brew Lab at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, which offers a two-year Brewing & Brewery Operations diploma where many of BC’s talented brewers learned their craft. Langley Township is home to several breweries, too: Camp Beer Co., Dead Frog Brewery, Five Roads Brewing, Smugglers Trail Caskworks, and Trading Post Brewing.
And don’t forget to check out Mountainview Brewing in Hope out at the eastern boundary of the Valley, which was founded by a local couple who moved away for work but decided to return home and open a brewery of their own.
Exploring the Fraser Valley is all about following your thirst and making new discoveries.
Enjoy classic breakfast fare made from locally sourced produce in this local gem, that shares its space with Magpie's Bakery.
The most popular hike in Cultus Lake Park boasting stunning views of the lake and surrounding valley. Some very steep sections, so make sure you wear suitable footwear!
Serving locally sourced comfort food with a twist, head to this friendly neighbourhood bistro for lunch.
Explore the many trails and observation tower in this reserve - one of the largest heron nesting colonies on the lower mainland. You can pair your visit with a walk along the Vedder River Rotary Trail.
Old Yale has been blazing trails and brewing beer in Chilliwack since 1999.
Enjoy craft beer and food on this working farm in rural Chilliwack.
This exciting expansion brings the Field House Brewing brand to downtown Chilliwack.
Equal parts good, old-fashioned belonging and fresh, forward-thinking beer.
Fresh beer, old school values in a beautifully renovated downtown building.
We are passionate about Craft Beer and work hard to keep our selection filled with the latest and greatest offerings! Come chat with our staff about what's new!
Consider starting off your Fraser Valley brewery tour in Hope, about an hour east of Chilliwack, which is home to Mountainview Brewing as well as numerous local trails, parks and other interesting sites.
Downtown Chilliwack is undergoing a revitalization, now District 1881, featuring The Local Space, Spruce Collective, and Bow & Stern alongside the Bricklayer Brewing and Field House CHWK. You could say it’s a hop-ening place!
For more outdoor adventures, try sturgeon fishing or visiting Bridal Falls. If stunning views are what you’re after, take in the scenery at Cheam Wetlands Regional Park — a 107-hectare park comprised of lake, marsh and forest.
Drive to Abbotsford, approximately 30 minutes.
Ann Marie’s Cafe will take you back to simpler times with its 1950's diner style menu, décor, and service. Specializing in hamburgers, milkshakes, and their famous all day breakfast!
One of the most well-known mountains in the region.The hiking trail passes Chadsey Lake before reaching the top with an expansive view of the Fraser Valley.
Field House brews a variety of their own unique beers as well as limited edition collaboration products with other breweries and wineries. Kids are welcome in their tasting room and a dog friendly patio make this a great stop for the whole family.
In Historic Downtown, BRGR BRGR has become the place for grabbing a mouth-watering burger, great beer, and more in a relaxed space with plentiful dietary options. Don’t forget to try the onion rings!
After lunch spend some time wandering through the historic Downtown Abbotsford neighbourhood. You’ll find locally owned boutiques, fun restaurants, and amazing cafes and bakeries. Spend time browsing the expansive shelves at Hemingway’s Books & Records or sit down for a board game with friends at Boardwalk Café & Games.
Focusing on European and West Coast style beers and respecting the ingredients traditionally found in these great brews, Ravens works with local growers and suppliers to craft great beers full of character and style.
A blend of Montreal and New Orleans cuisine, Brodeur’s is the place for delicious food, large portions and a laid-back atmosphere. Menu items include smoked meat sandwiches, jambalaya, and rotisserie chicken, all with your choice of 27 sides!
Newly renovated and rebranded, the Clarion offers an excellent home base for all of your Fraser Valley adventures. Easily accessible from Highway 1, pool and fitness facilities, on site restaurant, and ample meeting space are just a few of the features.
Looking for more suggestions? Explore Fraser Valley’s Circle Farm Tour – a road map that directs you to a variety of specialty farm-gate vendors, open air markets, charming eateries, heritage sites, fairs, and other special events. For events the rest of the year, try to catch a concert at the Abbotsford Centre.
If you are tempted to add one more stop to your itinerary, Langley’s Trading Post Brewing also has an Abbotsford Eatery location.
Abbotsford has an extensive selection of accommodation providers from hotels and inns to cozy bed and breakfasts. Find additional options for overnight stays at tourismabbotsford.ca.
Drive to Langley, approximately 30 minutes.
Our Signature store location, Liquor @ 248th, features 10,000 sq ft of shopping space with one of the largest walk-in beer coolers in BC.
Enjoy a variety of healthy food options for many different eating styles, with the incorporation of local and fresh concepts; come and bring balance to your life.
A beautiful 29km hike with a sprawling network of trails for walking, horseback riding, and exploring, while enjoying breathtaking views of the park’s lush greenery and wildlife.
Celebrating the outdoors at Camp Beer Co. is easy because of the tasting room's glass, roll-up doors and the big south-facing, family-friendly, dog-friendly outdoor patio.
At the intersection of good beer and great company is Five Roads Brewing. Enjoy a wide selection of craft beer to enjoy alongside great pizza or a snack board. A perfect lunch stop!
Inspired by the historical origins of its community, Trading Post reflects that story in its beer.
One of the most creative breweries in BC, Dead Frog pushes boundaries with both its name and its beers.
Fine ales for adventurous folk in historic Langley. The brewery boasts an attractive tasting room with a full kitchen serving elevated comfort foods.
Offering an extensive selection of BC Craft Beer, Cider, Wine and Spirits with a locally sourced, fresh food menu designed to pair with your beverage of choice. With 50 taps, we've got something for everyone!
This farm based brewery is in a converted barn where patrons are welcome to get beer and snacks and then take them outside to enjoy in a picnic area. (no indoors tasting room) Tours of the brewery, malt house, and farm are also offered.
Local craft beer, fresh food, and a friendly and inviting atmosphere for the community to gather. Open for lunch and dinner.
Unwind, and enjoy Langley’s warm hospitality. When it’s time to rest your head, our hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, and rustic campsites for a night under the stars look forward to welcoming you. From large hotel brands to smaller economical hosts, our accommodation providers are sure to exceed all traveler expectations.
Come stroll around and visit the unique shops, cafes and restaurants in the Village of Fort Langley. If you’re a history buff, be sure to explore the Fort Langley National Historic Site, a former trading post of the Hudson’s Bay Company.
Beyond beer, the Township of Langley is also home to nine wineries, a cidery and a distillery where you can see the crops grown that result in the delicious “farm to bottle” product.
All about good coffee, good eats, and good vibes, PINKAVO Cafe is a great way to start your day!
Beautiful botanical gardens that feature 3.67 acres of beautiful and unique plants, shrubs and trees, a nature trail, and two duck ponds. Their tropical greenhouse offers a wide variety of colourful exotic plants and is open to the public from April 1 to October 1.
Play virtual golf with your own clubs, hit real golf balls, and play some of the famous golf courses around the world.
Visit Langley's first board game restaurant - serving up food and fun in a funky, family-friendly environment. The Raving Gamer features locally sourced ingredients and a vast collection of board games for all ages, interests and skill level.
Need for Speed? Or want to show dad he’s not the NASCAR driver he thinks he is? Then visit Fast Trak Indoor Karting, where top speeds reach up to 75km/h.
Farm Country Brewing celebrates Langley’s heritage as a farming community. Based in a building that once housed a supermarket, it has a big tasting room with space for over 100 people, along with a patio out front.
If you’re on the hunt for more craft beer, stop by the KPU Brewing Lab on Fridays from 1pm-5pm for growler fills, tastings and tours! Follow their Facebook and Twitter pages to find out which small-batch beer they'll have on tap each week.
A contemporary themed pub and eatery with a year-round patio, voted best in the city. Casual and upbeat, this spot is perfect for any type of gathering.
Located in the heart of Downtown Langley, The Coast Hotel offers an array of amenities, entertainment options and is walking distance to Downtown Langley’s shops and restaurants.
Langley City is proud to partner with premium brands such as Coast, Best Western, and Days Inn, as well as three locally owned, independent motels. Our hotels and motels offer a variety of guestroom styles from full-suites ideal for extended stays, to your traditional guestrooms with 2 beds. All properties provide complimentary parking, wifi, and are 100% non-smoking. For a full list of our hotels and their amenities, check out our directory below.
Downtown Langley is home to over 500 unique shops, services and restaurants. This pedestrian-oriented shopping area features free parking, trendy McBurney Plaza, as well as the Cascades Casino Resort.
Grab your camera and take a self-guided tour throughout Langley City’s Mural Walk to check out 17 stunning, hand-painted murals from local artists.
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Abbotsford is located 60 minutes east of Vancouver, situated between the Fraser River and the US border. Nestled in the Fraser Valley with the Cascade Mountains as its backyard, Abbotsford offers diverse activities and attractions against a backdrop of mountains and farmland. Tour our craft breweries and wineries or explore the countryside on the Circle Farm Tour. Let the kids loose at Castle Fun Park or take enjoy time in the rugged backcountry on Sumas Mountain. Discover our shopping and dining scene, or explore Historic Downtown.
Chilliwack is a vibrant community; rich in history, outdoor adventures and farm experiences. Come wander the great outside on one of our numerous hikes, spend an afternoon golfing with friends, or fish along the mighty Fraser River. Immerse yourself by learning about the food we grow, the artists we cultivate, the surrounding agriculture, boutique shops, farm stands and festivals all within a breathtaking backdrop, and only a couple hours from Vancouver. Discover independent retailers and farmers who genuinely care and immerse yourself in history and respect of the land with the Sto:lo First Nation. Sample our local breweries, challenge yourself with our outdoor adventures and experience the great outside.
Langley is the Fraser Valley’s premier wine and libations destination, and home of historical Fort Langley; the birthplace of British Columbia. You’ll also discover authentic farm experiences, beautiful parks and trails, trendy restaurants & lounges, exciting sport venues, unique shopping, and so much more.
Centrally located in the heart of BC’s Lower Mainland, Langley City offers easy market access, affordable housing, a supportive community, and all the amenities of a Metro Vancouver Regional City Centre. Langley City is central to a variety of attractions, events, and recreational opportunities that attract people from across the region.