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Abbotsford, British Columbia

Administration
Full nameCity of Abbotsford
Official nameCity of Abbotsford
Motto"Unus Cum Viribus Duorum" (Latin)
"One with the strength of two"
CountryCanada
Province 
RegionFraser Valley/Lower Mainland
Regional DistrictFraser Valley Regional District
Founded1892
Incorporated1945
Government
MayorGeorge W. Peary
Geography
Total Area138.7 sq mi (359.36 km2)
Elevation124 ft (37.8 m)
Demography
Total Population123864 (2006)
Density (pop.)344.7/km2 (892.8/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)159,020 (Census Metropolitan Area)
DemonymAbbotsfordian 
Other information
Time zonePST (UTC-8)
- Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
Area code604, 778

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Abbotsford is a Canadian city located in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, adjacent to Greater Vancouver. It is the fifth largest municipality in British Columbia, home to 123,864 people (2006). Its Census Metropolitan Area, which includes the District of Mission, is the 23rd largest in Canada, with 159,020 people (2006). Abbotsford has the third highest proportion of visible minorities among Census Metropolitan Areas in Canada, after the Greater Toronto Area and Greater Vancouver.

Abbotsford is the largest municipality by area in British Columbia. It is home to the University of the Fraser Valley, TRADEX and Abbotsford International Airport, which hosts the Abbotsford International Airshow.

The municipality's southern boundary is the Canada United States border, across which is Sumas, Washington. In Canada, it is bordered by Langley to the west, the Fraser River and Mission to the north, and Chilliwack to the east. Much of Abbotsford has dramatic views of Mount Baker (to the southeast) and the Coast Mountains (to the north).


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