Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford features a trail around the water, picnic and play areas for families to enjoy, and the Centennial Outdoor Swimming Pool.
Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford
Mill Lake Park surrounds Mill Lake and offers different activities for people of all ages. A 2.1 km trail loops around the lake and makes for a great walk, run or cycle. The route is mostly flat and paved, and therefore both family-friendly and accessible.
There is a neat boardwalk over the water. From the area, on clear days, you can catch a glimpse of Mt. Baker in the distance. The lake also has a separate wharf, with both canoeing and fishing allowed. Dogs, when on leash, are welcome too.
Other amenities at Mill Lake Park include picnic areas, multiple playgrounds, baseball diamonds, a water spray park and an outdoor swimming pool. In spring there are cherry blossoms and flowers. In autumn there are beautiful fall colours. During both those times of the year, the park makes for an enjoyable outing.
Park Location and Parking
The park is located in the middle of Abbotsford. There are multiple entrances, including one at the intersection of Bevan Avenue and Primrose Street, with a free parking lot close to a large play area. Another way to enter the park is from across the M.S.A. Arena on Emerson Street and Peardonville Road, where there is free parking close to the baseball diamonds and the Centennial Outdoor Pool.
Mill Lake Park is less than a ten-minute drive away from Abbotsford’s Exhibition Park, which is where the Abbotsford Agrifair typically takes place. The Abbotsford Farm and Country Market‘s usual location is also just a short drive from Mill Lake.
The Centennial Outdoor Pool
This outdoor pool is located on the west side of Mill Lake Park. It is home to the Abbotsford Whalers Swim Club. The pool is also open to the public most days during the summer.
Centennial Pool is twenty-five meters long and offers daily public swim times as well as lessons for all ages. Swimming in this pool doesn’t offer amazing views like the pools at Kitsilano or Second Beach. The Abbotsford pool though is only a short walk from serene Mill Lake. There is also a spray park close by for kids to enjoy.
Due to COVID-19, the pool was closed for the summer of 2020. As of mid-May it is still closed, and there is not official word as to when it will reopen.
Centennial Pool Prices
As of the spring of 2021, swimming rates were approximately $4 for adults, $3 for teens and seniors, $2.50 for children older than three, and $10 for families. A Toonie Swim special usually happens weekly as well. The pool was closed for the entire 2020 season because of COVID-19.
Mill Lake Video
To see what the park and lake look like in the summer, check out the following video. It was taken in June of 2020.
As you’ll see in the video, Mill Lake Park is a pretty place. It’s popular with people, dogs with their owners, and geese.
Mill Lake is beautiful to walk around. It’s one of the Lower Mainland’s top urban Parks and Places in Nature.
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