Sometimes it’s hard to believe that we have been living in the Fraser Valley for over 5 years. My eldest son was just about to start Kindergarten when we made the impulsive decision to sell our house in North Vancouver and just “see what happens in the real estate market”. With so much uncertainty and so little time to find somewhere to live before the closing date we made an equally impulsive decision to move to the Fraser Valley. The where you say?!
We got a lot of questions and puzzled looks from friends and family wondering why we wanted to go so far from where we had lived for so many years. And to be honest, at the time, the only real reason we could give was that it was more financially feasible, at least for the short term, to rent in the “suburbs”. And, as far as we knew, it would only be for a short while anyways. And yet here we are 5 years later and love where we live!
Over the past 5 years we have discovered more and more of what the Fraser Valley has to offer and have come to really appreciate how lucky we are to live here. It’s an amazing place to raise a family, with new schools and community centres, parks and playgrounds, sporting facilities for the kids and craft breweries, wineries, unique shops and entertainment for the over 19 set.
But what I realized lately is that we have barely skimmed the surface of everything that the Fraser Valley has to offer. The Fraser Valley is such a big, beautiful place with hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.
And that’s why the Circle Farm Tour website is so amazing.
If you have never heard of the Circle Farm Tour before then you are missing out! There are five self-guided tours that will take you on a fun and fabulous journey of some of the unique agri-tourism spots in Langley, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Agassiz/Harrison Mills. And with so many different places to choose from, you can customize a fun day out with your kiddos in tow, or perhaps a moms day out for an afternoon of winery and cheese tasting. Um, yes please!
But, since this is a family friendly blog (wink wink) I decided to plan a fun afternoon in Chilliwack and Abbotsford with stops at the Chilliwack Corn Maze, Maan Farms Country Experience, Eco Dairy and Fantasy Farms (if we had time). Fortunately the weather gods cooperated with us as we hopped in the truck and headed east on highway one towards beautiful Chilliwack BC and our first destination..
To be honest, I had low expectations heading out to the Chilliwack Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm. I mean, i’ve been to corn mazes before with the kids and they tend to get bored after about 20 minutes, ditto with the pumpkin patch. So I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun we had and how many different things there were to do at the Chilliwack Corn Maze like push car racing, duck races, hay bale maze, “midway” type games, playgrounds, slides, the big “air pillow”, the corn pit and of course, the actual 12 acre corn maze itself.
If I could offer one major piece of advice it would be to bring a good pair of boots as the maze is VERY muddy and to also plan to stay for a good couple of hours at least, there is that much to do! And if the kiddos get hungry, there is a concession and there are also these lovely firepits for rent where you can get warm and even make smores!
I had to practically drag my boys outta there so we would have time to hit the rest of the stops on our tour, so we jumped back in the car and headed west towards Abbotsford and our next stop..
Again, I have to say that our visit to Maan Farms Country Experience totally exceeded my expectations – especially after my boys had already logged 3 hours at the previous stop I was expecting some whining and a steady chorus of “i’m booorrrreeeedddd” but again, I could barely tear them away at the end of the day. Maan Farms Country Experience is located in the lovely town of Abbotsford which is a short drive from our home in Langley. Again there is SO MUCH to do for the entire family from the zipline, push cars, playground, spider web, petting zoo, pumpkin patch and the haunted corn maze! For me, I was super happy to discover the wine tasting area, the delicious cafe featuring homemade soups and Indian Food, as well as pre-packaged meals, pies and soups to go. YUM!
We ended our fun afternoon at the Maan Farms Country Experience pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkins for Halloween and then we were off to our final stop of the day…
Which sadly was closed by the time we got there lol. We spent so much time exploring our first two stops that we totally miscalculated closing times for a Sunday. However, we are planning to come back and visit the EcoDairy really soon. Learn more about it on their website!
We had the most amazing day, made so many great memories and definitely fell more in love with the Fraser Valley thanks to the Circle Farm Tour. Be sure to check out their website and enjoy our little video of our day to inspire you to plan your own adventure!