The Fraser Valley is a vast region on Vancouver’s doorstep, where city deliciously meets country. Venture off busy Highway 1 and you will discover country roads that wind past farms, through historic communities, and along the mighty Fraser River as it continues its 1,375-kilomtere journey from the Rocky Mountains.
For thousands of years before the explorer Simon Fraser made his way to the valley that bears his name, Indigenous people have made this their home. Sto:Lo Cultural Tours based out of Chilliwack are a fun, thoughtful way to learn about the traditions of the vibrant Coast Salish people. Europeans arrived in the 19th century, and among their oldest communities is Fort Langley, the village that grew up around the former Hudson’s Bay Company trading post established in 1827. Its shops, restaurants, and historic homes make it a lovely place to explore (and may look familiar from all the movies they’ve been featured in). So, too, are the beautifully updated shopping areas of both Historic Downtown Abbotsford and District 1881 in downtown Chilliwack.