In 2022 the outdoor event runs from April 11th until May 1st.
MOTHER’S DAY IN THE FRASER VALLEY
Looking for a fun way to spoil Mom in the Fraser Valley? Then check out the Mother’s Day Tea at Kilby Historic Site in Harrison Mills (near Harrison Hot Springs). It’s not that far from Chilliwack and in a beautiful part of the Lower Mainland. The Mother’s Day Tea happens on Sunday, May 8th, between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
For details see the Kilby Historic Site‘s website.
Chilliwack Tulip Festival in 2022
Formerly called Tulips of the Valley, the Chilliwack Tulip Festival is the Lower Mainland’s original tulip festival and Western Canada’s largest. 2022 marks the festival’s 16th year. With over 20 acres of beautiful fields, the attraction is definitely worth checking out!
First day of the season for the event in 2022 is April 11th. On a sunny day, the fields are amazing and feature some 30 different varieties of tulips and over 9 million flowers in all!
New as of a couple of years ago are fields of hyacinths and peony-like double daffodils which add extra colour. The additional flowers also allow the festival to open a couple of weeks earlier than in previous years.
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
The Chilliwack Tulip Festival was cancelled for the 2020 season due to concerns about the ongoing spread of COVID-19. It ran in 2021, but only for residents of the Fraser Valley region because of the pandemic.
In 2022, the festival runs from Monday, April 11th, until Sunday, May 1st. Hours of operation in 2022 are from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekends and from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays (with guests having to be out by 7:30). This year, the festival is open to everyone, so it’s not limited to only those who live in the Fraser Valley.
Festival Admission Rates
As of early April, admission to the attraction in 2022 costs between $7 and $25 depending on your age and when you buy your tickets.
On weekends, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 cost $12 when purchased in advance and $17 if purchased on the day. Tickets for people with disabilities or for seniors ages 65 and above cost the same. However, for adults and kids ages 13+, the cost is $20 for tickets bought the day before or earlier, and $25 when purchased on the day of your visit.
On weekdays, tickets are less expensive. Tickets for seniors and children between ages 3 and 12 cost $7 when purchased in advance and $10 on the day. For adults and teenagers, the cost is $13 for tickets bought the day before or earlier, and $18 when purchased on the day of your visit.
In 2022, all tickets must be purchased online for set entry times. Advanced pricing is applicable to any tickets bought before 8:00 pm on the day before you want to go.
Special Passes & Discounts
The Chilliwack Tulip Festival typically 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 usually Weekday Season’s Passes, Full Season’s Passes, special Photographer Passes and Local’s Day specials. Unfortunately, not all of these passes are available in 2022.
Weekday Season’s Pass
In years when there isn’t a pandemic, the Weekday Season’s Pass is good Monday to Friday on non-holiday weekdays during regular (non-sunrise) hours of operation. The cost in the past has been $25 per adult and $20 for youth and seniors, all plus taxes and online fees.
When available, Weekday Season’s Passes must be purchased online in advance – they are not available on the day at the gate. These passes were not available in 2021 and they don’t appear to be available in 2022 either.
Full Season’s Pass
Full Season’s Passes allow access to the venue during regular hours 7 days a week during the festival. The cost in 2022 is $90 for all ages.
The same as in previous years, 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 last season and $50 per youth or senior (plus GST and online fees). They allowed access to the site during regular festival hours, plus early access to see the sunrise on weekends. These too could only be purchased online.
Unfortunately, these passes don’t appear to be available as of early April in 2022.
On Tuesdays in 2022, anyone with a permanent address from Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Mission, Maple Ridge and Langley could pay just $10 at the gate. On Thursdays, folks who live in Chilliwack, Agassiz, Harrison, Fraser Canyon or Hope can also enter for $10 at the gate. Just don’t forget to take ID that proves you live in one of those areas.
Weekend Sunrise Openings
Sunrise Openings in past years have been a special time on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between just before sunrise and regular opening hours when visitors could watch the early morning sun appear over the tulip fields (assuming good weather).
During the Sunrise Openings the venue has opened 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 in past years has been 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.
As of early April, details about Sunrise Openings in 2022 have yet to be released. If the special openings aren’t available this year, hopefully they return next year.
Sunrise Openings Tips
Below are a couple of suggestions to keep in mind when Sunrise Openings are available.
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.
The cost for the Fraser Rotary Club Train was $1 per passenger a couple of years ago 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 ran just on weekends, but the cost to ride it was included with general admission.
Also at the festival most years are several specialty display gardens including a World Friendship tulip display. In 2018 there was also a Canada 150 display and one dedicated to Variety the Children’s Charity. In 2019 there were flower mosaics including one of an Aboriginal face. 2022 details are to be confirmed.
Other Things to Know
Below are other valuable things to know to help make your experience at the Chilliwack Tulip Festival as exceptional as possible.
- Dogs on leash are welcome.
- Parking is free.
- The site is non-smoking.
- Food trucks are on-site daily.
- Cut and potted tulips are usually available for sale on site.
- 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.
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 (if allowed this year) or, better yet, try some of the festival’s food truck fare.
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.
TIP #6: The Easter Bunny usually makes occasional appearances at the venue on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Easter Long Weekend. There are also typically balloon animals and face painting stations on those days too (although maybe not in 2022).
TIP #7: Gas is usually cheaper in the Fraser Valley than in Metro Vancouver. Consequently, don’t forget to fill up your gas tank while in Chilliwack.
TIP #8: If you love flowers, be sure to check out the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival which runs in the late summer. It’s at the same venue and run by the same folk as the tulip festival. It too is impressive!
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.
For more details about the festival in the spring, or to buy tickets, see the Chilliwack Tulip Festival website.
To learn more 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.