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Chilliwack’s Tulips of the Valley Flower Festival in 2019

Tulips of the Valley

The Chilliwack Tulip Festival is Vancouver’s largest and most famous flower festival. It takes place on a farm in Chilliwack in the Fraser Valley in April.

In 2019 the first day of the season was Wednesday April 10th and the last day was Wednesday May 1st. The Chilliwack Tulip Festival is consequently now closed until the spring of 2020!


In this article you’ll find the following information:

Location | Dates & Hours | Admission Rates | Special Passes & Discounts | Sunrise Openings | Additional Information | Tips & Advice | About the Festival

Click on any of the above links to jump to a specific topic, or continue reading to learn all about the event. And for tickets, see the official Chilliwack Tulip Festival website.


Chilliwack Tulip Festival

Now in its 13th year, and formerly called Tulips of the Valley, the Chilliwack Tulip Festival is the Lower Mainland’s original tulip festival and Western Canada’s largest. With close to 20 acres of beautiful fields, the attraction is definitely worth checking out.

On a sunny day, the fields are amazing and feature some 30 different varieties of tulips and over 6.5 million flowers in all!

New as of last year are fields of hyacinths and peony-like double daffodils which add extra colour and allow the festival to open a couple of weeks earlier than in past years. Also new as of last season is the Rotary Club Train which runs on weekends. Last year it cost about a dollar to ride the train, but in 2019 it’s included for free with the cost of admission.

In 2019 the event features around 20 acres of flowers overall including two acres of the hyacinths and three acres of the daffodils (with various parts of the fields blooming at different times).

The Chilliwack Tulip Festival is put on by the people behind the same community’s tremendously popular Chilliwack Sunflower Festival which takes place at the end of the summer. Both festivals take place at the same farm, at 41310 Yale Road, and both are highly recommended.

If you like flowers and tulips, you should go! It’s impressive!

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Tulip Festival Location

The Chilliwack Tulip Festival takes place in Chilliwack on a real working farm at 41310 Yale Road close to Exit #109 just off the Trans-Canada Highway.

Note: The farm is located in Chilliwack, not Abbotsford.

Driving from the Vancouver direction, on your way to the Chilliwack venue you’ll likely see signs to the Abbotsford Tulip Festival along the way. The festival in Abbotsford is a nice event too – just smaller and a bit more expensive. The Chilliwack Tulip Festival is just another 10 minutes or so further down the road.

Festival Dates & Hours

Last year the Chilliwack Tulip Festival was open for the season starting on Sunday, April 1st, which was a couple of weeks earlier than the previous year. 2019’s opening date will likely be similar, or possibly a bit later.

A couple of years ago the fields were open to the public from April 18th until May 7th. Last year’s season went until May 6th. 2019’s final day will likely be similar, but of course it will depend on the weather.

The attraction is open most years from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on weekdays and from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm on weekends and holidays. The fields are also open to the public on weekends from just before sunrise for an additional fee.

Red and White Tulips of the Valley
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Festival Admission Rates

The cost of admission to the Chilliwack Tulip Festival depends on the day you go, your age and how you buy your tickets. If you go on the weekend it costs more than a weekday, and if you purchase your ticket online it’s cheaper than if you buy in person at the gate.

New for 2019, there are also “Early Bloom” prices and “Full Bloom” prices. The Early Bloom period is at the beginning of the season, before most of the tulips have fully bloomed, but when the fields of hyacinths and daffodils are in colour. The Full Bloom period, meanwhile, is when the tulips are at their peak and the scenery is at its most spectacular. Exact dates for each season depends on the weather.

2019 Early Bloom Admission Prices

Below is the list of rates for 2019 during the Early Bloom season. (Note: Prices are subject to change.)

If Purchased ONLINE (excluding extra online fees)

  • Adults (17+): $6 on weekdays and $7 on weekends.
  • Seniors (65+): $4 on weekdays and $5 on weekends.
  • Youth (ages 6-16): $4 on weekdays and $5 on weekends.
  • Children (ages 0-5): Free
  • People with Disabilities: $4 on weekdays and $5 on weekends.
  • Family Pass 1 (1 adult and up to 3 youth): $12 on weekdays and $17 on weekends.
  • Family Pass 2 (2 adults and up to 3 youth): $18 on weekdays and $24 on weekends.
  • Sunrise Openings: $20 per person (on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings starting 30 minutes before sunrise).

Click Chilliwack Tulip Festival to purchase tickets.

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If Purchased at the GATE during the Early Bloom season (including GST):

  • Adults (17+): $8 on weekdays and $10 on weekends.
  • Seniors (65+): $6 on weekdays and $8 on weekends.
  • Youth (ages 6-16): $6 on weekdays and $8 on weekends.
  • Children (ages 0-5): Free
  • People with Disabilities: $6 on weekdays and $8 on weekends.
  • Sunrise Openings: $30 per person (on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings starting 30 minutes before sunrise).

2019 Full Bloom Admission Prices

Below is the list of rates for 2019 during the Full Bloom season. (Note: Prices are subject to change.)

If Purchased Online (excluding GST and extra online fees)

  • Adults (17+): $7 on weekdays and $10 on weekends.
  • Seniors (65+): $5 on weekdays and $7 on weekends.
  • Youth (ages 6-16): $5 on weekdays and $7 on weekends.
  • Children (ages 0-5): Free
  • People with Disabilities: $5 on weekdays and $7 on weekends.
  • Family Pass 1 (1 adult and up to 3 children): $17 on weekdays and $22 on weekends.
  • Family Pass 2 (2 adults and up to 3 children): $24 on weekdays and $34 on weekends.
  • Sunrise Openings: $20 per person (on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings starting 30 minutes before sunrise).

Click Chilliwack Tulip Festival to purchase tickets.

If Purchased at the Gate (including GST)

  • Adults (17+): $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends.
  • Seniors (65+): $8 on weekdays and $10 on weekends.
  • Youth (ages 6-16): $8 on weekdays and $10 on weekends.
  • Children (ages 0-5): Free
  • People with Disabilities: $8 on weekdays and $10 on weekends.
  • Sunrise Openings: $30 per person (on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings starting 30 minutes before sunrise).

Additional Notes about 2019 Prices

  • Family passes are only available in advance online. They are not available at the gate.
  • Adults with disabilities are charged the same price as youth and seniors, on both weekdays and weekends, plus their attendant gets in for free!
  • Online tickets are available for purchase for any given day up until about one hour before closing on the same day (or at least that was the case last year).
  • With Locals Thursdays, don’t forget to take valid ID with proof of your Chilliwack address.

To purchase online click Chilliwack Tulip Festival Tickets.

Rows of Flowers at the Chilliwack Tulip Festival

Special Passes & Discounts

The Chilliwack Tulip Festival offers a number of ways to save money. In addition to the above-mentioned discounts for families, seniors and people with disabilities, there are also Weekday Season’s Passes, Full Season’s Passes, special Photographer Passes and Local’s Day specials.

Weekday Season’s Pass

The Weekday Season’s Pass is good Monday to Friday on non-holiday weekdays during regular (non-sunrise) hours of operation. The cost is $25 per adult and $20 for youth and seniors, all plus taxes and online fees.

Weekday Season’s Passes must be purchased online in advance – they are not available on the day at the gate.

Full Season’s Pass

Full Season’s Passes allow access to the venue during regular (non-sunrise) hours 7 days a week during the festival. The cost is $45 for adults and $35 for youth and seniors, all plus taxes and online fees.

These passes must also be purchased online in advance – they are not available at the gate.

Photographer All Access Pass

Photographer All Access Passes cost $65 per adult and $50 per youth or senior (plus GST and online fees). They allow access to the site during regular festival hours, plus early access to see the sunrise on weekends. These too can only be purchased online.

Locals Discounts

On Thursdays, anyone with a permanent address from Chilliwack can pay just $4 at the gate. (Just don’t forget to take ID that proves you live in the area.)

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Weekend Sunrise Openings

Sunrise Openings are a special time on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between just before sunrise and regular opening hours when visitors can watch the early morning sun appear over the tulip fields (assuming good weather).

During the Sunrise Openings the venue opens about half an hour before sunrise, which is enough time for photographers to find ideal spots to take their pictures from.

The actual time of sunrise varies over the course of the month. In Chilliwack at the beginning of April sunrise is at around 6:30 am. By the end of the month the sun starts appearing as much as 40 minutes earlier! Click Chilliwack Sunrise Schedule for exact times and remember to arrive up to 30 minutes earlier.

Admission for the Sunrise Openings is about $20 (plus taxes and online fees) in advance or $30 at the gate regardless of whether it’s Early Bloom season or Full Bloom season.

Sunrise Openings Tips

TIP #1: Check the weather forecast before you go. If the sky is overcast and the sun can’t peak through, there obviously won’t be much of a sunrise.

TIP #2: Plan to arrive as close to opening time as you can as you’ll want to leave time to find a good spot and for unexpected delays. Also, the magic of the morning light begins before the sun actually starts to appear.

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Additional Information

The cost for the Fraser Rotary Club Train was $1 per passenger last year with proceeds benefiting charitable causes. Rides were complimentary on the Easter Long Weekend, however, as were the balloon animals and face painting stations. In 2019 the train runs just on weekends, but the cost to ride it is included with general admission.

Also at the festival each year are several specialty display gardens including a World Friendship tulip display. Last year there was also a Canada 150 display and one dedicated to Variety the Children’s Charity. In 2019 there are flower mosaics including one of an Aboriginal face.

Below are other valuable things to know to help make your experience at the Chilliwack Tulip Festival as exceptional as possible.

  • Unlike in previous years, as of last year the festival accepts credit card payments in addition to cash at the gate.
  • Dogs on leash are welcome.
  • Parking is free.
  • The site is non-smoking.
  • Food trucks are onsite daily, with 1-2 on weekdays and 3-5 on weekends and holidays. There is also the festival’s own Stroop Waffle stand which sells traditional caramel-filled Dutch cookies baked fresh on site. Try one! They’re delicious!
  • Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics (although picnic table seating is reserved for food truck patrons).
  • Cut and potted tulips are available for sale on site.
  • There is a scavenger hunt activity for kids at the festival.
  • Accessibility: There is limited handicapped parking. Also, wheelchairs and walkers are able to make it up to the edge of the fields by the parking lot fairly easily. On dry days wheelchairs will likely also be able to get around some, but not all, of the bark-mulch paths around the field. In wet weather, however, the venue is not recommended for wheelchairs, walkers, strollers with small wheels or people with mobility challenges.
  • The daffodils and Hyacinths bloom first, over the first couple of weeks of the festival. Tulips then appear in various stages of bloom after that, and are in full bloom during the first 10 days or so of the final two weeks. Orange tulips are usually the first to come and go, followed by all the other various colours.

For more information on the festival, see the Chilliwack Tulip Festival website.

Guerilla Q BBQ Ribs Food Truck
Guerilla Q BBQ Ribs Food Truck

Tips and Advice

Below are some more tips to help you make the most out of your experience at the Chilliwack Tulip Festival.

TIP #1: Take a picnic or, better yet, try some of the festival’s food truck fare. Each day there are between 1 and 5 food vendors on site. The Stroop Waffles’ cookies are delicious, as are the barbecued ribs from Guerilla Q. With some luck, both will be there on the day you visit!

TIP #2: Take good walking shoes, but ones you don’t mind getting dirty. If wet weather, then wear boots.

TIP #3: Go on a sunny day when the colours are at their most magnificent.

TIP #4: Go on a weekday if you can. Weekdays are slightly less expensive than weekends and the crowds are less.

TIP #5: If you plan to visit the Chilliwack Tulip Festival several times, get a season’s pass! The passes are a great deal for people who love flowers, and folk who want to accompany friends and out-of-town visitors on different occasions. Passes also allow guests to see how the fields change over the course of the season.

TIP #6: If you plan to get a season’s pass, remember to purchase it early as some years they are only available for a limited time! After that date they are no longer available! Also, don’t forget that they are usually only available online, not at the gate!

TIP #7: If you plan to visit near the very start of the season, then seriously consider getting a season’s pass. On the opening weekend there will be five or so acres of double daffodils and hyacinths in various stages of colour, but the tulips will only slowly be starting to bloom over the following couple of weeks. You’ll want to go back when the fields are at their peak!

TIP #8: The Easter Bunny will be making occasional appearances at the venue on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Easter Long Weekend of April 19-22. There will also be balloon animals and face painting stations on those days too.

TIP #9: Gas is usually about 10 cents or so cheaper in the Fraser Valley than in Metro Vancouver. Consequently, don’t forget to fill up your gas tank while in Chilliwack.

TIP #10: If you love tulip festivals, then also check out the Abbotsford Tulip Festival at 36737 North Parallel Road in Abbotsford. It’s smaller and generally more expensive, but still a nice festival. Both are great, but if you only have time for one tulip festival, we recommend the one in Chilliwack.

TIP #11: Also if you love flower festivals, be sure to check out the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival which runs from late August until around the middle of September. It’s at the same venue, and run by the same folk as the Chilliwack Tulip Festival. It too is impressive!

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About Chilliwack’s Tulip Festival

The Chilliwack Tulip Festival is a great concept. Onos Greenhouses grows the tulips for their bulbs which they use in their greenhouses to grow more tulips which they sell throughout Western Canada and parts of the United States.

Instead of just growing the tulips and then cutting them right away for sale, the festival invites the public to come see them at their peak. It means a feast for the eyes for the public and extra income for the farmer and festival organizers. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Tulips of the Valley (now called the Chilliwack Tulip Festival) has been running since 2006. It took a year off in 2016 but has been back in operation since 2017 at its present new venue.

Other Information

For more details about the festival in the spring, or to buy tickets, see the Chilliwack Tulip Festival website.

For information about the venue’s other annual festival, which takes place in the fall, click Chilliwack Sunflower Festival.

For ideas on other things to do in the area click Fraser Valley.

For a list of other events in the Lower Mainland, see Vancouver’s April Events Calendar or click Festivals & Events.

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