Featured

Chilliwack Tulip Festival in British Columbia Canada

Chilliwack-Tulip-Festival

Acres of Tulips each Spring in Chilliwack BC

Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths and more Canadian flowers in British Columbia

The Chilliwack Tulip Festival in British Columbia's beautiful Fraser Valley is a delight for the senses. Visually, there are over 20 acres of Tulips and Daffodils. Additionally, the fields of blooms are set against a backdrop of mountains. At the same time, there is the scent of Hyacinths on fresh country air. There is the sound of friends and family talking and laughing as they explore the fields. Furthermore there is the feeling of the earth underfoot and (hopefully) the sun shining down. 

An Abundance of Beauty

Twenty acres means approximately 8.5 million Tulips to enjoy. There are over 30 varieties of Tulips planted. In addition, they have 16 varieties of Specialty Daffodils and 10 varieties of Hyacinths. It is difficult to know where to look in the midst of such an abundance of beauty.

Acres of Tulips at Chilliwack Tulip Festival. Photo by Diana Mohrsen
Colourful pink Tulips. Photo by Diana Mohrsen
Rows of Daffodils. Photo by Diana Mohrsen
Specialty Daffodils. Photo by Diana Mohrsen

Chilliwack Tulip Festival Invites Photo-taking

Opportunities for great photos at the Chilliwack Tulip Festival are everywhere. Cameras and cell phones are almost as numerous as visitors. Many families come prepared for family photos. Little girls in pretty dresses. Brothers and sisters posing on a swing. Teens grouped around a replica of a car. At the same time many people are just trying to capture some of the beauty that is so abundant. The setting is the beautiful Fraser Valley surrounded by mountains and farmland. In the foreground, the colourful blossoms of Tulips, Daffodils, and Hyacinths simply invite photos. 


Staging for Photos

This fully operating farm has been thoughtful in providing areas that make picture taking easier. For example, there are seven swing sets, old Dutch bikes, a windmill, and a chapel scattered throughout the fields. There are also a few chairs and several field viewing platforms. Each of these items seems to invite people to pose for a picture. Below you will see a replica of a chapel and one of the swing sets. In the distance, in the next photo, you'll find a replica of a car as well as two wooden shoes along the walking path. And yet another photo shows a walking path with a chair, either for resting or to help stage a photo. Finally, the fourth photo shows another of the swing sets so popular for families. Imagine the children on the swings with a field of Tulips in the background. 

Chapel and swing set. Photo by Diana Mohrsen
Chair for resting or for pictures. Photo by Diana Mohrsen
Old car and wooden shoes. Photo by Diana Mohrsen
One of many swing sets. Photo by Diana Mohrsen

Amenities at the Chilliwack Tulip Festival

Visitors to the Chilliwack Tulip Festival can expect at least one food truck, possibly more at busier times. In the event that it rains or there is too much sun, there are several covered areas.  There are a number of portable toilets including some handicap stalls. There are also several hand-wash stations. 


The Farm Shop

At The Farm Shop you can purchase souvenirs of your visit to the Chilliwack Tulip Festival. There are postcards, keychains, T-shirts, and many other items available for sale. And, by all means, you can purchase a bouquet of tulips or hyacinths. Or you can buy potted tulips. Eventually you can purchase bulbs but they won't be ready until August or September. Incidentally, this same location is home to fields of sunflowers later in the year. 


Covered area in the background. Photo by Diana Mohrsen
Purchase cut tulips at The Farm Shop. Photo by Diana Mohrsen

The Tulip Festival Attracts Many Visitors

These fields attract over 45,000 visitors annually from all over. The Chilliwack Tulip Festival is approximately 75 minutes from the City of Vancouver. Furthermore, it is around 75 minutes from the Vancouver International Airport as well. Parking is free. Pets are welcome if leashed. Tickets can be purchased online at a discount, or at the entrance to the fields. 

How to Dress  

This is a working farm and rain is common in the Fraser Valley in the spring. Therefore, if there has been a recent rain, the pathways can have puddles or be muddy. Be prepared with boots or good walking shoes. It might be handy to have an umbrella in the car in case the weather changes. Also, I'd suggest you layer your clothing. For example, if it is cool and windy, then you will be warm. But if the sun is shining, and you've walked a bit, you might want to remove an item or two. 

Dramatic red Tulips. Photo by Diana Mohrsen
Rain damaged Tulip. Photo by Diana Mohrsen

When does the 2023 Season Open? 

Because the growing season can vary from year to year depending on weather, the 2023 season opening has not yet been announced. They try to announce the opening about 2 weeks in advance so we can be assured of beautiful blooms. However, they are usually open around the last two weeks in April and into May. As some fields begin to bloom, others are just finishing. Therefore the season stretches out to approximately 4 weeks long.

Best Viewing Times

Once the season starts, the fields are open 7 days a week. From Monday to Friday, they open at 10am and close at 6pm. However, on Saturday and Sunday you can book a ticket for as early at 6am. While this might seem way too early to make your way to Chilliwack, there is the advantage of having the fields almost to yourself. Equally important, the early morning light can add to your photos. But, truly, where there is this much beauty at hand, any time of day is worth the trip. 

Wide walking paths. Photo by Diana Mohrsen
A memorable day. Photo by Diana Mohrsen

Tulips, Daffodils, and Hyacinths in Abundance

You won't want to miss the over 20 acres of Tulips, 3 acres each of Daffodils, and Hyacinths, in the beautiful Fraser Valley surrounded by mountains. It is a unique photo opportunity. Not to mention that the beauty of the blooms in such abundance is something you'll want to experience at least once in a lifetime. 

Don't miss the Chilliwack Tulip Festival

 Chilliwack Tulip Festival in BC Canada

Location (Map)

41310 Royalwood Dr, Chilliwack, BC V2R 4J1, Canada
×
Stay Informed

When you subscribe to the blog, we will send you an e-mail when there are new updates on the site so you wouldn't miss them.

The Thriving Silk Painter of Northern BC
The Majestic Bald Eagle of British Columbia
 

Comments 22

Andrea Horning on Saturday, 25 March 2023 01:12

I have always wanted to visit this Tulip Festival! Thanks for all the great information. And beautiful photos!

I have always wanted to visit this Tulip Festival! Thanks for all the great information. And beautiful photos!
Diana Mohrsen on Saturday, 25 March 2023 04:23

Perhaps a trip to BC this spring?

Perhaps a trip to BC this spring?
Andrea Horning on Saturday, 25 March 2023 04:36

I have already been checking my calendar

I have already been checking my calendar :D
Janel Coe on Saturday, 25 March 2023 15:57

Wow Diana Mohrsen those are some of the prettiest flower pics I've seen! What a place to visit. Nice write up, thanks for sharing.

Wow Diana Mohrsen those are some of the prettiest flower pics I've seen! What a place to visit. Nice write up, thanks for sharing.
Cary Horning on Saturday, 25 March 2023 16:52

Stunning photos and great story Diana! A bucket list destination to see!

Stunning photos and great story Diana! A bucket list destination to see!
Janet Guthrie on Saturday, 25 March 2023 17:08

Fantastic photos Diana! It is overcast and snowing today so your story was a very welcome dose of spring. Thank you.

Fantastic photos Diana! It is overcast and snowing today so your story was a very welcome dose of spring. Thank you.
Diana Mohrsen on Saturday, 25 March 2023 20:20

We're waiting here to find out when the blooms are expected this spring.

We're waiting here to find out when the blooms are expected this spring.
EH Canada Marketing Group on Saturday, 25 March 2023 18:04

Beautiful colours Diana Mohrsen . Well written.

Beautiful colours Diana Mohrsen . Well written.
Diana Mohrsen on Saturday, 25 March 2023 20:14

Janel Coe Thanks, Janel. Great to visit, especially on a sunny day.

Janel Coe Thanks, Janel. Great to visit, especially on a sunny day.
Diana Mohrsen on Saturday, 25 March 2023 20:15

Cary Horning Thanks, Cary. It is worthy of a bucket list addition.

Cary Horning Thanks, Cary. It is worthy of a bucket list addition.
Diana Mohrsen on Saturday, 25 March 2023 20:16

EH Canada Marketing Group Thanks! I appreciate your comments.

EH Canada Marketing Group Thanks! I appreciate your comments.
Kim Kenyon on Saturday, 25 March 2023 20:45

This is great information thank you Diana, I have added this to my mainland exploration list! I really like that photo of the red tulips. Makes me wonder though if the farm has a problem with deer? Presumably, it is well fenced. The deer always get to my tulips!

This is great information thank you Diana, I have added this to my mainland exploration list! I really like that photo of the red tulips. Makes me wonder though if the farm has a problem with deer? Presumably, it is well fenced. The deer always get to my tulips!
Diana Mohrsen on Sunday, 09 April 2023 01:30

I'm assuming that it is well fenced. It's an active farm so I'm sure they have protected the blooms. Good question though.

I'm assuming that it is well fenced. It's an active farm so I'm sure they have protected the blooms. Good question though.
Kim Kenyon on Saturday, 25 March 2023 20:46

Love this!

Love this!
Sonya Richmond on Sunday, 26 March 2023 02:13

The colours are asbolutely stunning and I bet the whole region smells incredible too! I had no idea this existed. It reminds me of Holland, only with a backdrop of gorgeous mountains. Totally on my bucket list now!!

The colours are asbolutely stunning and I bet the whole region smells incredible too! I had no idea this existed. It reminds me of Holland, only with a backdrop of gorgeous mountains. Totally on my bucket list now!!
Diana Mohrsen on Sunday, 09 April 2023 01:29

I used to have Holland on my bucket list but now it no longer seems important.

I used to have Holland on my bucket list but now it no longer seems important.
Cora Lee Rennie on Sunday, 26 March 2023 08:36

Great article Diana ! I am not familiar with the tulip festival and it looks so beautiful! Great photos and a great adventure!

Great article Diana ! I am not familiar with the tulip festival and it looks so beautiful! Great photos and a great adventure!
Rene Coatta on Sunday, 26 March 2023 22:49

Wow, those are incredible photos!! Thank you so much for sharing! This is definitely going on my bucket list!

Wow, those are incredible photos!! Thank you so much for sharing! This is definitely going on my bucket list!
Diana Mohrsen on Sunday, 09 April 2023 01:28

Thanks, Rene! It won't disappoint.

Thanks, Rene! It won't disappoint.
Cora Lee Rennie on Monday, 27 March 2023 03:01

That is absolutely beautiful !

That is absolutely beautiful !
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Friday, 24 May 2024

Come Experience the Nicola Valley!