About The Downtown Abbotsford Business Association


Introduction

The Abbotsford Downtown Business Association was formed in 1989. Its primary business activity is the development and promotion of business within a specified area of Abbotsford. The ADBA welcomes the participation of property owners, merchants, community leaders and other interested partners in the development of a vibrant and thriving commercial area. The following Vision and Mission statements guide the goals of the ADBA. All interested participants are welcome to join committees to achieve our common goals.

Our Mission

To work cooperatively to encourage an environment in the downtown Abbotsford area which fosters economic growth, prosperity and a sense of community

The ADBA Vision

We want to create a service-oriented area for family shopping and social interaction; mix of standard stores complimented by unique gift shops and boutiques offering specialty items not found in the larger shopping centers; a pedestrian-oriented area with bright, interesting streetscapes and building facades, surrounded by a residential community of quality built, high density housing; most of all, we look forward to an atmosphere of enthusiasm and excitement based on a feeling of place and belonging, complimented by a return to old fashioned values that will attract people to the area

Who We Are

Take a step back in time, live the cultural life, or be a part of the latest trend.

Established in 1891, Downtown Abbotsford is a historical area diverse with culture and home to over 225 businesses and services.  It is one of the fastest growing communities in Abbotsford with many new developments on the horizon. Characterized with a mix of old and new, it has a variety of eateries ready to please your worldly tastes and interesting destination shops that will not disappoint when looking for that special find. 

Downtown Abbotsford is the place to be with its walkable area bursting with shops and retail, restaurants and entertainment or fitness and services. Dappled with public art covering benches, laneway buildings, along with plaques explaining its rich heritage roots, it is a delightful visual experience when strolling the shops on a beautiful day. It is also a community with a cool perception and cool collaborators that together are working at creating a neighbourhood enriched with diverse experiences, shopping, dining, and outdoor spaces that could literally be at ones doorstep. 

The livability of the area is on the rise with two large residential developments, a recently renovated park with improved parking facilities, an agricultural center connecting people with the valleys locally grown produce, major events focusing on local arts, entertainment and artisans, and walkable services and amenities.

Sought after by film producers and marked by media to be the next Fort Langley, downtown Abbotsford is on the brink of experiencing even more growth and vitality as the shift of affordable living is driven into the Fraser Valley creating a most desirable place to be.