If you’re a fan of flowers and are visiting Vancouver in the spring then you’re in luck. Not only do we have the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival but there are several tulip festivals all in close proximity. The Tulips of the Valley festival is the longest running, and largest, tulip festival in BC. It’s not just about the tulips either as there are also hyacinths and daffodils in their hundreds. If you’re planning of visiting the tulips in BC this Spring here’s what to know about the Tulips of the Valley festival in Chilliwack.
About Tulips of the Valley
Tulips of the Valley is the longest running tulip festival in BC. It’s been running since 2006 and is held over 10 acres on a working farm near Chilliwack. Besides tulips there are also 10 different varieties of Hyacinths and 17 different types of daffodils for you to see!
Tulips of the Valley in Chilliwack were even recognised at the ‘World Tulip Summit’ in 2017. They were given the ‘Order of the Tulip’ for introducing tulips to BC and Western Canada. This people behind this festival are widely regarded as Canadian tulip ambassadors. Pretty cool, eh?
When is the best time to go to the tulips festival?
Tulips of the Valley have just extended the length of the festival for 2018 until May 6th. However that doesn’t mean that you can expect all the flowers to be in bloom all the time. Check the website before you go.
Whilst you may be tempted to visit during full bloom bear in mind that it will be super busy. You’ll probably find it impossible to get photos of the tulips due to all the people at the festival.
Unless you’re a super serious photographer, then visiting the festival at half bloom will give you more than enough tulips and photo opportunities without all the crowds of people.
I visited Tulips of the Valley during half bloom and there were plenty of rows of tulips in full bloom still.
How to get to Tulips of the Valley from Vancouver
Take the TransCanada highway east towards Hope and take exit 109 (Yale Road West). It’s pretty well signposted!
- For 2018, Tulips of the Valley is open until May 6th 2018
- Tulips of the Valley tickets cost $6 on weekdays and $9.99 on weekends when booked in advance online (plus reservation fee).
- There are several food trucks on site for when you get hungry
- In addition, there’s also shop where you can pick up bunches of tulips to take home
- You can pay by card for food, tulips and tickets but it’s easier to take cash