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Bradner is a rural centre located in the Northwest corner of Abbotsford, which also includes Mount Lehman. The area is known for its expansive landscape of rolling fields, pastured livestock, picturesque scenery and views of Mt. Baker. Drop in to the Bradner General Store or Bradner Hall, and you'll immediately sense that this is a small community with a rich history, and a warm community feel. Bradner may feel out in the country, but at the same time it's minutes away from all the amenities of Abbotsford's new Highstreet district.
Bradner was named after Thomas Bradner, a settler in the area who homesteaded in the fertile farming area in 1895. The northern boundary of Bradner is the Fraser River, and across the river is the community of Silverdale, a part of the District of Mission. To the West is the rural neighbourhood of Glen Valley, a part of Langley. To the East is Matsqui Prairie, and the southern boundary is Hwy 1.
Bradner's population is roughly 4,000 (2006 stats), and by 2035, the population is projected to reach 4,100. Land use is 96.8% agricultural, 0.8% residential, 0.8% institutional and 0.3% industrial (2014). 77.6% of the residents own their property; 22.4% rent. 45.7% of the homes in Bradner were built between 1961 and 1980. Bradner has a thriving agricultural community, but it's also an outstanding place to buy some acreage for a hobby farm or horse property. 87.1% of the residences are detached houses, most with generous lots or acreage. Homes for sale in Bradner typically offer the opportunity of a luxury lifestyle in a tranquil setting.
Abbotsford is known as the Raspberry Capital of Canada, and they also grow plenty of blueberries and cranberries. In addition to berries and other fruit, Bradner grows high quality vegetables, dairy, poultry, and more. You may have heard of the Mt. Lehman Cheese Co. at Goat’s Pride Dairy, and the award-winning Mt. Lehman Winery or Singletree Winery. Tanglebank Gardens is a boutique nursery that also runs the Brambles Bistro, a very popular lunch spot that offers fresh sandwiches, and a selection of craft beers and local wines.
Bradner is also earning a solid reputation in organic farming, and health conscious families are settling into Bradner area, just to have access to locally grown organic produce and meats. People who have chosen a Paleo, Whole 30, or Ketogenic diet often find it challenging to find a reliable source of grass-fed and pastured meat in the city.
Rossdown Farms/Bradner Organic Farms, for example, raises free run certified organic chicken and turkey. They're a fourth generation family run poultry farm and processor. Bradner Farms produces farm direct and private label brand(s) of certified organic meat chicken, eggs and dairy. Their organic milk is sold under Avalon Dairies, and organic eggs under the Bradner Farms, Avalon and Rabbit River Organics labels. K & M Farms produces pasture-raised poultry. Chickens are raised in a natural habitat, outside on the grass, where the birds can peck, scratch, and forage for bugs. They are provided with a shelter to protect them from rain and sun. Harris Road Farm grows organic blueberries, black currants and kiwis.
The primary age group is between 50 and 59. Most families are two-parent, with children at home. Of the families with children living at home, 6 to 14 years is the dominant age group. There are an equal number of women and men in Bradner. The median individual income, before tax, is $29,704, which is higher than all of Abbotsford , at $26,428 (2014 stats). The median household income, before tax, is $72,654, just over $10,000 higher than that of all of Abbotsford (2014 stats). Nearly half of Bradner residents have some post-secondary education.
The community may be best known for its annual Bradner Flower Show. Back in 1928, Fenwick Fatkin, a recent settler in the area, encouraged local growers to showcase their daffodils, setting up the first parlour show. Originally there were only ten varieties of daffodils on display, but that has grown to over four hundred today. 90 years later, the show is still running, held at Bradner Hall each April.
Bradner has a comfortable oceanic climate, with warm summers and mild winters. The hottest days of summer are typically in low thirties (Celsius). For 53 days a year, on average, temperatures will dip a bit below 0 °C. Precipitation averages 1557 mm, and even during a dry month, there is sufficient rainfall.
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Almost all of the jobs in Bradner will be in agriculture, but there are a lot more opportunities in Abbotsford's core. Bradner is also right next to Hwy 1, and close enough to Metro Vancouver to make commuting a popular option.
Abbotsford's economy is stable and diverse. Primary industries are agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, retail, and the health industry. Abbotsford's largest employer is the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, with 2,500 employees. The city also includes 3 federal prisons, employing 200 to 500 officers and support staff. Abbotsford also has a growing job force in the aerospace industry. Cascade Aerospace, Marshall Aerospace Canada and Conair Group are the primary employers in the space.
Residents employed in trades, transport, and equipment related occupations make up the majority of those in Bradner's labour force. The most frequent mode of travel to work is by car, truck or van as the driver.
Abbotsford's unemployment rate is 6.4% (2014 Stats Canada). 65% of the population of Abbotsford both live and work in the city. The highest sector of employment come from trades, followed by construction, health care,
manufacturing and transportation.
There are two fine elementary schools in the Bradner area: Bradner Elementary School and Mt. Lehman Elementary School. Middle and secondary school students travel by bus to neighbouring Abbotsford West. Eugene Reimer Middle School has strong athletic and music programs. The Reimer Soccer Academy allows students to learn soccer from certified coaches and teachers. They receive support, not only in maintaining a healthy balance of 'on field' technique, theory and training, but also discover how to become leaders in the classroom. 25% of Eugene Reimer students are in band. Rick Hansen Secondary offers advanced placement (AP) and honours studies as well as speciality programs like law, accounting, architecture, aviation, broadcast journalism and robotics.
There are also quite a few private school options nearby, like the Mennonite Educational Institute, Pacific Christian School, Fraser Valley Adventist Academy, St. James and St. Ann's School, and St John Brebeuf Regional Secondary School.
Over 45% of Bradner's residents have a post-secondary education. Ashton College Abbotsford is located in Bradner's Southeast corner. Other Abbotsford post-secondary schools include University of the Fraser Valley, Summit Pacific College, Career Gate Community College, Sprott Shaw College, Vancouver Career College, and CDI College.
There aren't many shopping and dining options right in Bradner. Locals have been picking up groceries and filling up at the single gas pump of Bradner General Store for more than 30 years. Brambles Bistro is located at Tanglebank Gardens, a boutique style nursery on Downes Rd. The bistro is a wonderful place to walk through the garden, stop for a coffee, or enjoy a great salad, sandwich or burger for lunch.
Highstreet is Abbotsford's hottest new shopping, dining and VIP theatre centre, and it's located right in Bradner's southeast corner, across from the Fraser Valley Auto Mall. Highstreet Shopping Centre offers an urban, open-air shopping and social experience, with plenty of underground parking. Leading retailers like H&M, Sephora and Forever 21 Red, and restaurants like Famoso, Milestones and The Canadian Brewhouse, with the spectacular Cineplex VIP theatre, make Highstreet the Fraser Valley's premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Highstreet also puts on events and celebrations year round. Two other nearby shopping centres are Countryside Shopping Centre to the South, and Aldergrove Village to the Southwest.
Near Highstreet, you'll also find quite a few other restaurants, like Brodeur's Bistro, Milestones, and Rendezvous Restaurant. If you've got a taste for Asian cuisine, local favourites are Vi-La Palace Vietnamese Restaurant, Hana Sushi Japanese Restaurant, and U&I Fine Thai Cuisine. For a special evening, consider Restaurant 62, the Fraser Valley's #1 farm to table restaurant. Chefs Matthew Nichols and Jeff Massey have been crafting memorable plates since 2004, built on the simple notions that good food is hard work and that
ingredients should change with the seasonal availability of the local producers.
The Bradner Hall is a community owned, fully licensed event centre that offers catering and bar service for weddings, convention groups, social functions, dances, sports events, fundraisers and meetings at very reasonable rates.
Most Bradner residents drive to work, unless they work on the family farm, or one of the neighbouring farms. Hwy 1 is usually the quickest connector with Central Abbotsford, or jobs in Metro Vancouver. The closest Hwy 1 exit is Mount Lehman (#83), at the Highstreet Shopping Centre. A commute from Bradner to Vancouver is roughly an hour.
Most of Bradner is not serviced by Central Fraser Valley Transit routes, but there are 7 bus stops along the outer boundaries: Highstreet Shopping Centre, Mt. Lehman at Sandpiper, Fraser at Pinegrove, Fraser 30280 Block, Blueridge at Townline, Townline at Ridgeview and Townline at Downes. At Highstreet, residents can also board Fraser Valley Express route 66, which connects Abbotsford to Chilliwack and Langley, or with the West Coast Express, a commuter rail service. The West Coast Express provides a link between Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Regional District.
It's only a few minutes drive, south of Highstreet along Mt Lehman Rd, to the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX). Abbotsford International is the second largest airport in the Lower Mainland, after Vancouver International Airport.
Bradner can be an idyllic neighbourhood in which to raise a family and become part of a warm and established community. Bradner Hall hosts many of the community's events, like weddings, holiday parties, comedy nights, the Bradner Flower Show, and even the Winter “Sno-Pitch” Tournament that will be held in sleet, now, rain or shine.
There aren't any galleries right in Bradner, but The Reach Gallery Museum is a few minutes away. The Reach exhibits artwork from across Canada, and around the world. It is also the regional archival repository and houses a significant collection of material culture from the Abbotsford region in its environmentally controlled storage vaults.
The local Mount Lehman Library is available to Bradner's residents. If you are unable to find what you're looking for there, Aldergrove Library to the West, and Clearbrook Library in Abbotsford Central, are a short drive away.
There are no museums right in Bradner, but there are a few close by. Southwest of Bradner, Alder Grove Heritage Society and Telephone Museum is a wonderful place to explore the history of the telephone, and discover unusual telecommunication oddities. To the east of Bradner, you'll find museums that honour two of the early groups that settled in the area, the Mennonite Heritage Museum and Gur Sikh Temple and Sikh Heritage Museum. The Trethewey House Heritage Site is a restored 1919 arts and crafts bungalow, formerly owned by lumber baron J. O. Trethewey, featuring period exhibits and gardens with walking paths. Joseph Ogle Tretheway was the president of the Abbotsford Lumber Company, and he was responsible for its leadership during the company’s boom years in the 1920s.
The City of Abbotsford is deeply rooted in the arts and entertainment. The Abbotsford Arts Council hosts free music shows in Mill Lake Park, and they are also in charge of giving out the Arty Awards. They also organize the Christmas Artisian Gift and Craft Fair, the Art and Heritage Unity Festival and the Historical Downtown Art Bench Project.
Located on Haverman Road, Bradner Park has a playground area, 2 baseball diamonds, 2 tennis courts and a lighted soccer field. A block down the road is another portion of the park, with an additional baseball diamond and a field, also named Bradner Park. Douglas Taylor Park is located on Harris Road, and it offers a series of trails for a quiet walk in the woods. The main trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail that leads toward Matsqui.
Just northeast of Bradner, Glen Valley Regional Park is located on the banks of the Fraser River. And to the southeast, there are three more parks, situated just outside the Bradner boundary: Kalgidhar Park, Townline Hill Park and Ridgeview Park.
While there are no sports arenas in rural Bradner, there are four options a short drive southeast. Abbotsford Centre is a 7,000-seat multi-purpose arena. The Canadian Elite Basketball League has announced that a professional basketball team called the Fraser Valley Bandits will be coming to the Abbotsford Centre in 2019. The Rinks at Summit Centre is a twin rink facility. Its hockey programs include Tot Hockey, Pond Hockey, Adult Learn to Play and Bill's Hockey School and private instruction; and there's a seven division Men's Hockey League in the winter, and four divisions in the Spring League. Rotary Stadium is a fully lighted, multi-purpose stadium with a rubberized 400 metre running track and full field event facilities. MSA Arena is an 1,100 seat indoor arena. It's home to the Abbotsford Pilots Junior "B" team in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League.
Golfers will enjoy Pagoda Ridge Golf Course just west of Bradner, and Valley Golf Course to the east. Ledgeview Golf & Country Club and Fraserglen are also located in Abbotsford, with a few minutes longer drive. Abbotsford really shines when it comes to sports and recreation. Surrounded by mountains and lakes, there are many outdoor activities to discover throughout the year. Swimming, running, hiking, fishing, golfing and horseback riding are just a few of the many activities to enjoy in the outdoors.
There are well maintained parks with many meandering trails, foot bridges and ponds. Abbotsford's Discovery Trail runs from East to West across the city of Abbotsford. The trail is completely paved, and it's become a favourite with runners, cyclists and skaters.
For a family that is looking for some acreage, and a small community they can become part of, Bradner is pretty much perfect. It's minutes from Highstreet shopping, only an hour away from Vancouver and minutes from the Canadian/US border. The schools are great and there are plenty of places to get out and enjoy the outdoors.
Abbotsford's cost of living is very manageable. Its economy is well established and stable, with growth in the aerospace sector. The city has a population of just over 141,000, and just over 45,000 live in private dwellings (2016 Census); and it continues to grow. The recent development of Highstreet indicates that Bradner residents can expect to enjoy all of the benefits of the city, while appreciating the advantages of living in the country. As amenities are added, investors can expect property values to increase.
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Listing information last updated on January 16th, 2019 at 9:15am PST.
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