The Fraser Valley’s history of hop growing is reflected in its diverse craft breweries.
Located less than an hour’s drive east of Vancouver, tucked between the Coast and Cascade mountain ranges, the Fraser Valley is a mix of relaxing countryside and rugged backcountry beauty. It 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, visit a local farmer’s market or fill your belly with a farm-to-plate meal. And 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.
Fresh beer always tastes the best, and the Fraser Valley’s craft breweries are about as close to the farms that grow their hops as possible — in some cases, they’re neighbours. In Chilliwack, the epicentre of hop growing in the Valley, Flashback Brewing and Old Yale Brewing showcase that connection in their beers.
Exploring the Fraser Valley is all about following your thirst and making new discoveries.
Housed in the city’s former City Hall. Be sure to check out the Hops Exhibit, detailing the history of the Fraser Valley as Canada’s biggest hop producing region.
The most popular hike in the Park with stunning views of the lake and surrounding valley. Some very steep sections, so make sure you wear suitable footwear!
A family friendly restaurant located in Cultus Lake that emphasizes great food and drinks (including local craft beer!) in a relaxed, beach atmosphere.
Old Yale has been blazing trails and brewing beer in Chilliwack since 1999.
A great place to find quality food, 23 taps of local craft beer, and a laid back vibe.
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!
This community-focused brewery pours its passion for the craft in every glass of beer.
For more outdoor adventures, try sturgeon fishing or visiting the Great Heron Nature Reserve. 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. Still hungry? Fill up at one of our local farm stores: Hofestede’s and Local Harvest.
A family-run restaurant creating meals from the heart that are both comforting and nourishing. In-house bakery and breakfast & lunch menus.
Drive to Abbotsford, approximately 30 minutes.
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.
Respect for craft beer and the ingredients that go into it is the focus at this Abbotsford brewery.
Ocean-inspired dining. Oysters, craft beer and legendary fish & chips. Family owned and operated.
Style and substance come together at this East Abbotsford brewery.
Downtown Abbotsford has it all: boutiques, restaurants, spas, salons and more. Wander among both modern buildings and historically restored shops.
Local craft beer, fresh food, and a friendly and inviting atmosphere for the community to gather. Our Brewmaster pioneers inventive flavours using the very best ingredients to brew each batch.
Brick oven inspired food and local taps. Inspired dishes using the best seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients.
Abbotsford has an extensive selection of accommodation options; from Hotels and Inns to a cozy Bed and Breakfast. To book your next Abbotsford getaway head to the link above.
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. If you’re in Abbotsford in September, don’t miss BC Hop Fest. For events the rest of the year, try to catch a concert at the Abbotsford Centre.
Enjoy specialty coffee and baking in this family-owned café.
Drive to Langley, approximately 30 minutes.
One of the most creative breweries in BC, Dead Frog pushes boundaries with both its name and its beers.
A pleasant trail linking Fort Langley to Derby Beach Regional Park, which can be combined with other trails and roads for a longer ride. Enjoy views of Mt. Baker and Golden Ears.
Local craft beer, fresh food, and a friendly and inviting atmosphere for the community to gather.
One of Langley's best kept secrets, located off the beaten path. Enjoy locally sourced and ethically raised product as well as sustainable seafood.
Inspired by the historical origins of its community, Trading Post reflects that story in its beer.
Langley's newest craft brewery offers a wide selection of craft beer to enjoy alongside great pizza or a snack board.
Whether you're an adventure seeker or just stopping through, Langley has amenities for every occasion. Stay a night in a hotel, or camp out under the stars.To book your next Langley getaway head to the link above.
If you’re a history buff, be sure to explore Fort Langley National Historic Site, a former trading post of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Or 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! You could also tour the 7 wineries of Langley with the Campbell Valley Wine Route.
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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.