Fields of multicoloured tulips are in full bloom on the easternmost edge of the Lower Mainland, about two hours away from the city of Vancouver.
Tulips of the Valley Festival in Agassiz first began in 2006 and has seen its annual attendance grow from a few hundred visitors per year to nearly 20,000 during the 2014 season.
Onos Greenhouses owns and grows the tulips on the fields of the Seabird Island Band while the attraction component of the site is managed by a family with the assistance of a group of friends. The festival occurs every spring just before the tulips are cut for retail distribution at markets throughout Western Canada and the Northern United States.
In addition to the visual spectacle, visitors to fields can also enjoy a number of food and artisan vendors and purchase fresh cut greenhouse tulips.
Tulips of the Valley Festival 2015
- Dates and Times: Wednesday, April 8 (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.); Thursday, April 9 (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.); Friday, April 10 (12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.); Saturday, April 11 (9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.); Sunday, April 12 (9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.). Dates could be potentially extended if weather permits.
- Location: 3971 Lougheed Highway, Agassiz
- Admission (cash only):
- Weekends: Adults – $5; Seniors – $4; Kids 12 and under – FREE!
- Weekdays: Adults – $3; Seniors – $2.50; Kids 12 and under – FREE!
- Parking: $10 per vehicle on weekends and holidays; $5 per vehicle on weekdays. Includes shuttle to fields.
- Website: http://www.tulipsofthevalley.com/
- Note: Please ensure you wear proper clothing and footwear – the fields are an active tulip farm complete with variable weather, tractors, dirt and mud.