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The Chilliwack Tulip Festival Returns

BC's premier flower farm experience opens its fields, April 19

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A burst of spring colour returns this month, as the 17th annual edition of the Chilliwack Tulip Festival blooms anew, opening its fields on Wednesday, April 19. Founded in 2006, the event was the first of its kind locally, and a pioneer in promoting agritourism and the Fraser Valley’s integral role in BC farming.

At BC’s premier flower farm experience, guests can stop to smell, admire and, of course, photograph a vibrant flower-scape curated over 20 acres. Among more than seven million bulbs planted at the festival are 30 tulip varieties, 16 types of daffodils and five types of hyacinths.

Behind the festival’s dazzle is the integrity of a year-round working farm. Onos Greenhouses leases land from a local farm, growing the tulips on the Chilliwack field that becomes the annual festival grounds. After the festival, Onos Greenhouses collects the bulbs and then uses them in their greenhouse operation, which currently supplies 85% of the cut tulips that are sold throughout Western Canada—a joyous annual sign to Canadians that spring has arrived.

“My family and I look forward to welcoming visitors to explore the colourful fields,” says festival founder Kate Onos-Gilbert. “Opening the festival each year truly feels like a celebration of spring.”

Since different floral varieties bloom over the span of the festival and the grounds, repeat visits offer guests a range of delights. For instance, the kick-off days feature early-blooming tulip varieties (including the ever-popular World’s Favourite), plus colourful daffodils and hyacinths adjacent to the tulip fields. This year, the flower fields are located within 75 metres of the entrance, making the experience easier than ever to access.

With between seven and 15 acres of flowers in full bloom at any given time, selfie spots and photo opportunities abound. Seven sets of swings, outdoor lawn games, a 1950s Morris convertible and a 1965 Airstream trailer are among the charming props and settings to inspire memory-making moments.  

The Farm Shop will be open daily, offering treats and refreshments to supplement the offerings from popular local food trucks. For home gardeners, fresh-cut and potted tulips, sunflower seeds and tulip-themed souvenirs are among The Farm Shop offerings.

The Chilliwack Tulip Festival runs daily, 10am to 6pm, from April 19, for approximately three to four weeks. Sunrise tickets, from 6am to 7am, will be available on weekends. Ticket prices vary for adults, seniors, children, and bus groups. Book at least one day in advance to save $5 per person. Tickets are available online only. The fields are located at 41310 Royalwood Dr, just off Highway 1. Parking is free. For complete details, including ticket pricing and purchasing, visit chilliwacktulipfest.com.