Abbotsford - British Columbia

Abbotsford, boasting picturesque views of nearby Mount Baker (a large glacier-clad Volcano), is a well-known municipality which places high in many "Top" lists in Canada. For starters, it is the fifth largest municipality in BC. It is also the third most ethically diverse city in Canada, next only to Toronto and Vancouver.

Hockey players may be interested in the Abbotsford Minor Hockey League; the largest association in BC with over 100 players ages 5 through 18. It is recognized as a leader and used as a model for minor hockey programs. Several NHL Hockey players were born here including Ryan Craig and Brad Moran. Many other famous hockey faces have also played for local Abbotsford hockey teams.

Abbotsford is also home to the Abbotsford National Airport (YXX), one of the fastest growing commercial airports in western Canada. In 2005 it was the sixth busiest airport in Canada with 153,217 aircrafts passing through. It is also known as the host grounds for the Abbotsford International Airshow, one of the largest airshows in Canada, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

If hockey and airplanes are not your thing, you should check out the Berry Festival in July or the Garlic Festival in August. Both events feature local produce, fairground rides, crafts, and lots of family activities.

If your family includes children you have lots of options including several public, private, and post secondary schools, Abbotsford also hosts the Abbotsford Virtual School with more than 65 high school level courses that you can take from home. They offer educational programs for students in Elementary and middle school as well.

As for the working class, ninety-two percent of employed Abbotsford residents work in the city or in neighboring communities. With a mostly flat landscape, the community thrives on its agriculture industry. It also has large transportation, manufacturing, retail, and aerospace industry.

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