The breathtaking Chilliwack Tulip Festival returns to full bloom this April

Mar 27 2019, 8:05 pm

The 13th annual Tulips of the Valley Festival has announced its return to Chilliwack for the 2019 season.

This year, the ever-popular event returns with a brand new name and more than 6.5 million bulbs.

Tulips of the Valley changes its name to the Chilliwack Tulip Festival — and this year is poised to be the event’s biggest and best year yet.

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The first two weeks of the flowers will show off 10 varieties of hyacinths, 17 varieties of daffodils, and one-of-a-kind, handmade floral mosaics.

Chilliwack Tulip Festival

A bird’s eye view of the festival

A bird’s eye view of the festival

Starting after the second weekend, 30 different kinds of tulips will be in bloom, with millions of bulbs in all the colours of the rainbow.

Overall, visitors can expect over 20 acres of spring beauty — with extra wide rows for better viewing.

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The festival will also offer a number of Instagram-worthy photo ops. Returning this year is the Chilliwack Tulip Festival’s famous windmill, traditional Dutch bicycle, and the famous tulip swing.

Other attractions include the Rotary Train during weekends, weekend food trucks, a flower-themed gift shop, and tractor rides.

“Tulips of the Valley has been a labour of love for me and my family since we started growing tulips decades ago,” says Kate Onos-Gilbert, festival founder. “Although we’ve changed its name this year, returning visitors will find everything they’ve always loved about the festival.”

The Chilliwack Tulip Festival starts on Wednesday, April 10. Early bloom is said to take place from April 10 to 18; full bloom will run from April 19 to May 5, with the possibility for extensions. 

Tickets to the event can be purchased either online or at the gate. Children under the age of five can enter for free.

The Chilliwack Tulip Festival

When: April 10 to May 5, 2019, with possible extension

Time: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7 pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 9 am to 7 pm

Where: 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack

Tickets: Available online