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Chilliwack Tulip Festival: Informative Tips

Do you love flowers and outdoor activities? Imagine acres of tulip fields all in bloom together, adorning the whole area with vibrant colours, pretty picturesque views, and a freshness to the air that only plants can provide. What is better than walking in between rows and rows of stunning flowers in bloom and feeling like a character out of a romantic novel?

Visit the Chilliwack tulip festival next year and behold the beauty of the tulips of the valley in full bloom.

What is a Tulip Festival?

Held in several cities around the world (mainly in North America), the tulip festival features flowers which are considered a welcomer and bringer of spring. The festival permits the locals as well as the tourists to enjoy the spectacular view of millions of tulips in bloom and also have some fun during the exceptional festival.

Tulip festivals take place across the world in places like Albany, New York, Montreal, New Zealand, Australia, India, Oregon, England, Washington, and many other places in the world.

The Chilliwack Tulip Festival

The Chilliwack tulip festival, which was launched in 2006, was the first attraction of its kind in the Fraser Valley. With millions of tulip bulbs blooming each year, the Chilliwack tulip festival is the Lower Mainland’s original tulip festival and the largest tulip event in Western Canada. With over 20 acres of stunning fields, the Chilliwack tulip festival boasts over nine million flowers in all.

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Where Does The Chilliwack Tulip Festival Take Place?

The interesting fact about the Chilliwack tulip festival is that it takes place on a real working farm in Chilliwack. It is on Yale Road, just off the Trans Canada Highway.

Coming from the Vancouver direction, you will first come across signs for the Abbotsford tulip festival. This tulip festival is a beautiful event too, but a bit smaller and a little more expensive. Driving further down the road, you will reach the Chilliwack tulip festival within ten minutes or so.

When Does The Chilliwack Tulip Festival Happen?

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The Chilliwack tulip festival runs for around four weeks during April. Approximately on weekends, the festival runs from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, and on weekdays, the timing is from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The Chilliwack tulip festival in 2022 took place on April 11th. That year, however, the visitors were limited, and the festival was only open to the residents of Fraser Valley.

What Can You See At The Chilliwack Tulip Festival?

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There are tens of thousands of flowers, all in full bloom. Among the thirty varieties of tulips, the first few days feature the early blooming varieties of tulips like the “World’s favourite” and the double daffodils. Most of these flowers which bloom early are located at the far end of the field. Hence, someone with mobility issues might prefer to visit the festival during the latter half of the event.

In recent years, fields of hyacinths and peony-like double daffodils were added. These add extra colour and also allow the festival to begin earlier than the previous years.

Other Chilliwack Tulip Festival Attractions

It is not just the tulips of the valley that draw in millions of guests. The Chilliwack tulip festival is full of so many other exciting attractions too. First up is the incredible farm shop. The farm shop offers a choice of numerous tulip-themed souvenirs, including fresh-cut and potted tulips, sunflower seeds and many other attractive keepsakes, memoirs and souvenirs.

There are also several photo-op props like raised platforms, swings, an antique horse cart and a 1950s convertible too. Guests can also avail the incredibly attractive individually wrapped frozen treats.

If you are hungry, there are also bottled refreshments just for you and what is more?  The three food trucks are on the roam to always cater to your hunger needs. There are also several outdoor lawn games at the tulip event that you can enjoy with your family.

Chilliwack Tulip Festival Ticket Prices

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In 2022, the general admission ticket fees cost between $7 and $25, depending on the guest’s age and when the ticket is being booked. On weekends, ticket prices for children aged between 3 to 12, people with disabilities, and seniors aged above 65 were $12 when purchased in advance and $17 when purchased on the exact day.

For kids aged 13 and above and for adults, the ticket fee was $20, even booked in advance or even just the day before, and it was $25 if it was booked just on the day of the visit. On weekdays, the ticket prices were comparatively much lower.

Tickets for children between 3 to 12 years of age, seniors, and disabled people cost $7 when they were purchased in advance and $10 when they were booked on the day of the visit. For teenagers and adults, on the other hand, the tickets cost $13 when they were bought in advance or even on the day before the visit, whereas they cost $18 when purchased on the day of the visit.

How To Book Tickets For The Chilliwack Tulip Festival

On account of several changes, tickets have been made available online recently. These online tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, and it is not possible to make any changes to the date or time of your visit. You can visit the official page of the Chilliwack Tulip Festival to book the tickets.

Discounts And Festival Passes At The Chilliwack Tulip Festival

The Chilliwack tulip festival offers lots of special discounts to save your money too. Although not all of these were available in 2022, you can make use of most of them each year. Do not forget to find out which ones are available when you are visiting.

1. Weekday Season’s Pass

The Weekday season’s pass is a great way to avail of some discounts. They can be purchased for visits on a non-holiday Monday to Friday during non-sunrise (regular) hours of operation. When available, the Weekday Season Passes must be brought online in advance because they cannot be purchased at the gate on the day of the visit.

2. Full Season’s Pass

The full season’s pass allows a person access to the venue seven days a week during the regular hours of the festival. They also need to be purchased beforehand through the online mode.

3. Photographer All Access Pass

The photographer’s all-access pass allows access to the venue of the tulip festival during regular operation hours as well as during the early morning to see the sunrise on weekends. Like all the others, these too need to be purchased in advance through the online mode.

4. Discounts For The Locals

Are you a local living near the festival venue? On Tuesdays, any guest with a permanent address in Chilliwack, Mission, Abbotsford, Langley or Maple Ridge can pay just $10 at the gate as entry fees. On Thursdays, the offer is for all the people living in Chilliwack, Hope, Fraser Canyon, Agassiz, and Harrison.

But remember, do not forget to take your address proof ID to show at the gate because if you forget, it is an opportunity loss and a sad day for you.

Sunrise Openings During The Weekends

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When there is good weather, visitors can watch the early sunrise beyond the tulip fields on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays before the regular opening hours. The venue generally opens half an hour before sunrise to give photographers enough time to find ideal spots for their sunrise clicks.

The Chilliwack sunrise schedule varies over the month. At the beginning of April, the sunrise takes place at around 6:30 am, while by the end of the month, the sun makes its appearance about forty minutes earlier.

Regardless of whether it is the early bloom season or the full bloom season, sunrise opening tickets cost around $20 (taxes and online fees included) in case of advance purchase, while it is $30 in case of the purchase at the gate on the day of the visit.

Here are some tips that you might want to keep in mind if you plan on visiting during the sunrise openings.

  1. Check the weather forecast because the sunrise is not very clearly visible on cloudy days.
  2. Plan to arrive early because the closer you arrive at the opening time, the better chance you will have at finding a good spot and enjoying the magic of the early morning.

Some Final Tips

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Do not forget to note the additional information to make your experience at the Chilliwack tulip festival as exceptional as possible.

  • You can happily take your pet dogs to the event, but they must be kept on a leash.
  • Please keep in mind that the venue is a non-smoking area.
  • Parking is free.
  • At least three food trucks can be found onsite daily.
  • You can buy freshly cut and potted tulips at the festival.
  • There is also a limited handicapped parking lot.
  • On dry days, wheelchairs and strollers can get around most paths quite easily. On wet days, however, the place is not recommended for people with mobility challenges.

If you plan correctly and book your tickets in advance, the Chilliwack tulip festival can easily be one of the most exceptional experiences you have ever had. It will show you quite the rare site, so millions of vibrant flowers in full bloom together. Apart from the fetching and attractive idea of the festival, it is also the best photography spot for all photographers and social media lovers.

Whether you are a local or a visitor to the city, the Chilliwack tulip festival is one of the most stunning attractions that you must not miss.

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