Recently, I took a drive out to Chilliwack to see the Tulips of the Valley. This farm is located in the Fraser Valley and is the oldest and largest in Western Canada. To get to these wonderful fields, you’ll need to drive about 1.5 hours east of Vancouver… is it worth the drive?
The season begins in early April with seventeen species of Daffodils and ten species of Hyacinths stealing the show. These blooms will last for approximately two weeks.
Then, it’s the Tulip’s turn!
We pre-empted the arrival of the Tulips on our first trip to the Festival, so we just had to go back for another look. Somehow, it was possible for these flowers to be even more vibrant than the Daffodils and Hyacinths. The perfectly lined rows seemed to go on forever and ever. There are 20 acres of Tulips and once you start walking down the designated pathways, you will feel like you’re in an ocean of colour. This amazing scene lasts for approximately three weeks depending on the weather.
The organizers at Tulips of the Valley have been showcasing their hard work since 2006 and have created a wonderful festival. There are a number of food vans on site, a swing set for the perfect photo, and plenty of information boards describing the life of a Tulip.
My advice from being at the festival:
- Weekends are very busy, so aim for a week day if you can. Week days are also cheaper
- Buy your tickets online to save some extra dollars
- Try to plan your visit in the later half of the season to ensure you can see all of the Tulips in full bloom. The Daffodils and Hyacinths may not look as spectacular at this time, but you will still get to see some of them
- If you have one, take a good camera. There are lots of contests organized by Tulips of the Valley and you’ll be treasuring these photos for a long time!
- Check the Tulips of the Valley website before you go as it has lots of updates on bloom status as well as weather and events.
This is the perfect Spring excursion for the whole family – including the dog, and I could not recommend it more highly!