10 acres of closely packed tulips in a rainbow of hues, nodding in the gentle breeze and shimmering in the spring sunshine? It’s pure eye candy. No wonder Bloom, the Abbotsford Tulip Festival is a huge draw each spring.
Right now is considered “high bloom” for the rows upon rows of tulips on the Warmerdam’s farm.
The Warmerdam family has been growing tulips and other colourful blooms in Abbotsford since the mid-1970s, however the official festival was launched in 2016 by Alexis Warmerdam. Thousands of visitors now make it an annual pilgrimage to wade in the same tulip fields first planted over 30 years ago by her grandfather, Peter.
Featuring 10 acres of stunning blooms in hues of pink, yellow, red, purple, and orange, this springtime event is a must for floral fans and, of course, Instagrammers alike.
No like, you will see a lot of people taking photos in the fields. The tulips are dream fodder for amateur and pro shutterbugs alike, and there are plenty of selfies and Instagram husbands tapping away. But can you blame them?
Keeping the crowds in mind, you can expect long lines and lots of people getting in your shot on the weekend. If you can sneak in on a weekday you’ll find it’s a pretty chill experience. There is even a food truck and picnic tables on site if you want to tippy-tippy-toe through the tulips for a longer stretch.
Tickets for the Abbotsford Tulip Festival range from $2 to $30, depending on the day of the week and the peak of the overall bloom. Purchase in advance online, and check back with the festival to find out more about their dates for 2018 and the status of the bloom.
The Abbotsford Tulip Festival is located at 36737 North Parallel Road in Abbotsford, and runs 9 am to 7:30 pm daily, weather dependent.