Millions of tulips have burst into colour at this Chilliwack festival (PHOTOS)

Apr 28 2023, 8:39 pm

Writer’s Note: this flower festival has moved to Agassiz and will bloom this spring as the Harrison Tulip Festival.

The Fraser Valley is the place for flower fans to be this spring, and the return of a long-running floral celebration is yet another reason to visit.

Tulips of the Valley annual Chilliwack Tulip Festival is open for the season until May 14 and we got a look at some of the incredible sights to behold.

The 17th annual event features a curated 20-acre flower scape with more than seven million bulbs planted, including 30 tulip varieties, 16 types of daffodils and five types of hyacinths.

“My family and I look forward to welcoming visitors to explore the colourful fields,” said festival founder Kate Onos-Gilbert in a release. “Opening the festival each year truly feels like a celebration of spring.”  More than seven million bulbs are planted at the year-round working farm to prepare for the festival. Onos Greenhouses leases land from a local farm, growing the tulips on the Chilliwack field that will soon welcome huge crowds of tulip lovers. Onos Greenhouses collects the bulbs after the festival has wrapped to use them in its greenhouse operation. It currently supplies 85% of the cut tulips that are sold throughout Western Canada.       

Chilliwack Tulip Festival

Chilliwack Tulip Festival/Submitted

Chilliwack Tulip Festival is definitely worth a repeat visit, with the kick-off days showcasing early-blooming tulip varieties as well as stunning daffodils and hyacinths. Between seven and 15 acres of flowers will be in full bloom at any given time, perfect for your sunny selfies.

Chilliwack Tulip Festival

Chilliwack Tulip Festival (Rachel Barkman/Submitted)

Those looking to get more in-depth with their photo ops will want to track down the seven swing sets, the 1950s Morris convertible, a 1965 Airstream trailer and more at the festival.

Swing by The Farm Shop for treats and refreshments, and stop by the various local food trucks on site for some tasty dishes. And on your way out, pick up some fresh-cut and potted tulips, sunflower seeds and tulip-themed souvenirs to bring home with you.

Chilliwack Tulip Festival

Chilliwack Tulip Festival/Submitted

Chilliwack Tulip Festival

When: Now until May 14, 2023
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Sunrise tickets, from 6 to 7 am, will be available on weekends)
Where: 41310 Royalwood Drive, Chilliwack
Cost: Various prices, purchase online

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