Tulips of the Valley: B.C.’s original tulip fest boasts 20 acres of blooms


Too many tulips? There’s no such thing in the Fraser Valley. Tulips of the Valley is the original and largest tulip festival in Western Canada, and this year’s dazzling event gets underway on March 29.

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Photo courtesy Tulips of the Valley

Marking its 12th year in 2018, Tulips of the Valley began in 2006 in Agassiz, B.C., before moving to its current location in Chilliwack.

In addition to seven million blooms packed into 20 acres of colourful tulips (expected to start blooming in early April), Tulips of the Valley kicks off with two weeks showcasing their other floral wonders: two acres of hyacinths and three acres of daffodils.

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Hyacinth fields (Photo courtesy Tulips of the Valley)

Visitors to Tulips of the Valley can also enjoy on-site fun like the Chilliwack Rotary train on weekends (weather dependent), crafts on weekdays, a viewing platform,
lots of photo ops, and food vendors daily.

While there are two major tulip festivals in the Fraser Valley (the Abbotsford Tulip Festival being the other), Tulips of the Valley is og enough to have been honoured with the Order of the Tulip at the World Tulip Summit in Ottawa last October for “introducing tulip festivals to B.C.” the fest’s Kate Onos-Gilbert told Vancouver Is Awesome via e-mail.

Photo courtesy Tulips of the Valley

Admission to Tulips of the Valley varies by age and date of attendance, and family passes are available. Ticketing and hours of operation information are all available via Tulips of the Valley’s website. The fields open March 29, 2018 and will be open until approximately April 29, weather dependent.

Tulips of the Valley

When: March 29 – April 29, 2018
Where: 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom