The Fraser Valley Tulip Trail
Apr 03, 2019
Chilliwack Tulip Festival by: corban407 on Instagram
Spring is in the air, and picnic season is upon us! If you’re seeking a great family outing, or scenic photo opportunities, look no further than the beautiful Fraser Valley. Did you know that the Fraser Valley is home to TWO Tulip Festivals? Take your pick or visit both!
Bloom, Abbotsford Tulip Festival
The Abbotsford Bloom Tulip Festival features acres upon acres of stunning tulips, and has a special story linked to it. Peter Warmerdam and his family emigrated from the Netherlands and made the Fraser Valley their home in 1950. Peter used his horticultural knowledge, farming experience, and Dutch heritage to first grow daffodils, and in 1974, purchased land in Sumas Prairie where he began growing gladiolus. Before long, the family increased their crops to include outdoor tulips, daffodils, and peonies, as well as greenhouse tulips and daffodils. Peter’s granddaughter Alexis actually came up with the idea for Abbotsford Bloom Festival, so the Warmerdam family could share the breathtaking tulip fields with tourists and locals alike.
There’s so much more than just flowers here! There is a covered picnic area, or try one of the tasty food trucks on site. The festival features a children’s play area, and photo cut out boards, in addition to sandbox and lawn games, duck races, and magnificent views of Mt. Baker. This festival has everything you need to experience a day you won’t soon forget! The 2019 opening day is April 15th – mark your calendars!
Purchase your tickets online in advance in order to guarantee entry as there are limited tickets available. Bouquets are available at the onsite flower market, and also at Thrifty Foods and Safeway. Tulip bulbs can also be purchased online. For more information, click here.
Chilliwack Tulip Festival
The Chilliwack Tulip Festival was originally opened in 2006 as Tulips of the Valley, and located on Seabird Island on Indigenous land. The first 10 years of the festival Onos Greenhouses Ltd. worked closely with the local Indigenous community to honour their culture. They sold Bannock, had Indigenous dancers, drummers, and artisans at the fields. Since then, the festival has grown from a couple hundred visitors per season to tens of thousands, so they’ve relocated to Chilliwack to ensure they can share the talents of the tulip with the world.
Beginning April 10, the first two weeks of the festival will feature 10 varieties of hyacinths and 17 varieties of daffodils, and include one-of-a-kind, handmade floral mosaics. From the second weekend forward, an awe-inspiring 30 varieties of tulips will be in bloom, totaling more than 6.5 million bulbs in all the colours of the rainbow, planted in extra wide rows for easy viewing and convenient photo opportunities. Overall, there is 20 acres of spring beauty to behold. With three stunning types of flowers, and the gorgeous surrounding mountain views, you’re sure to capture an incredible photo!
Pack a picnic, choose from a variety of food trucks, or snack on some traditional Dutch treats. You’ll also find a beautiful Photo Stand-In mural created by local Indigenous artist, Fred Jackson, the Rotary Train (on weekends), a windmill, traditional Dutch bicycle, and THREE swing-sets around the fields, just to name a few fun pieces to look out for at the festival!
You can buy tickets or a season pass online or at the festival. For more information, learn about the Chilliwack Tulip Festival here.
Learn more about the Fraser Valley Tulip Trail here.