City Of Abbotsford  
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Arts & Heritage

Historic Sites

  • First Nation Communities - British Columbia is home to 203 First Nation Communities. The Sumas and Matsqui First Nations are located in the City of Abbotsford. The Sumas First Nation, located within the Sto:lo Traditional Territory is part of the Greater Coast Salish People known as the Sema:th people. The Matsqui First Nation is located on the Fraser River, southeast of Mission on three reserves totaling approximately 419.4 hectares and they have approximately 565 members.
  • Early Immigrant pioneers came from many different countries including China, Germany, South Asia and Japan. They farmed, logged and made bricks - attracted by the rich soil, plentiful trees and the rich clay deposits. Today, many old structures still remain of those early days, but many are not yet recognized as heritage properties.
  • The City of Abbotsford is home to the Gur Sikh Temple, the oldest Gurdwara in North America and on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1911 with lumber donated by the Trethewey family and built by early Sikh pioneers. The Trethewey family had a lumber company and their family home still sits on Mill Lake, open to visitors, and is the only City-owned heritage house in the community.
  • Clayburn Village is in a heritage conservation area and contains many structures, including houses, a schoolhouse, church and general store from the time of the Clayburn Brick Company and the Maclures.  

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Community Heritage Register

The City of Abbotsford’s Community Heritage Register was established July 13, 2005, and includes the following sites:  

  • Trethewey House, 2313 Ware Street (municipally designated: HCA Bylaw 2113) Adopted May 4, 1981   
  • Clayburn School, 4315 Wright Road (municipally designated: HCA Bylaw 1700) Adopted October 11, 1978 
  • Clayburn Church, 4280 Wright Road (municipally designated: HCA Bylaw 1535) Adopted October 4, 1978 
  • Gur Sikh Temple (1911 Sikh Temple), 33089 South Fraser Way (National Historic Site Status) July 2002
  • Old South Poplar School, 32746 Huntingdon, Abbotsford. (listed 2006)
  • Former Great Northern Railway Bridge and Embankment, 31580 Maclure Road (Ellwood/Fishtrap Creek Park) Adopted September 15, 2014
  • Former Abbotsford Lumber Company Log Dump, 2310 Emerson Street (Mill Lake Park) Adopted September 15, 2014
  • A portion of Old Yale Road, also known as the New Westminster-Hope Wagon Road (located approximately from 39180 Old Yale Road to Vye Road at approximately 39623 Old Yale Road) Adopted September 15, 2014

Heritage conservation is reflected in Part IV: Make the Plan Work, Policy 4.13 and Part VI: Heritage Conservation Areas of the Official Community Plan.

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Performing Arts

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