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The 2018 Chilliwack Sunflower Festival
Celebrating its inaugural year in 2018, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival runs from August 22nd until around mid-September.
The event features some 17 different varieties of sunflowers over 5 acres of farmland.
Where and When in 2018
The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival takes place in the fields of a farm just off the Trans-Canada Highway at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack, which is the same venue as the Tulips of the Valley festival about 4 months earlier.
Coming from the Vancouver direction along the #1 Highway, take Exit 109 and turn right onto Yale Road. At Royalwood Avenue you then turn right again.
The festival begins on Tuesday, August 22nd, and it is scheduled to run until Sunday, September 16th (but the exact duration of the season will depend on the weather and flower conditions).
Hours of operation for the event are Monday to Friday from 10 in the morning until 7 at night, and on Saturdays, Sundays and the Labour Day Monday from 9 am until 7 pm.
The cost of admission to the Chilliwack Sun Festival depends on your age, when you go and how you purchase your tickets. Adults cost more than youth and seniors, online tickets are less expensive than admission at the gate, and weekdays are cheaper than weekends.
Below is the list of admission prices for 2018. Prices include GST and online fees. Both cash and credit cards are accepted at the gate.
(Note: Admission prices and other details are subject to change.)
Weekend Admission Rates
Weekend rates (for Saturdays, Sundays and the Labour Day Monday) range from around $7 up to $15.
- Adults: $11.62 online or $15.00 at the gate
- Youth (ages 6-16): $7.06 online or $10.00 at the gate
- Seniors (ages 65+): $7.06 online or $10.00 at the gate
- Adults with a Disability: $7.06 online or $10.00 at the gate (plus an attendant can get in free)
- Children (ages 0-5): free
Weekend family passes are also available, but only when purchased online (so not at the gate). They cost $22.88 (including taxes and online fees) for 1 adult and up to 3 youth, or $34.14 for 2 adults and up to 3 youth.
Weekday Admission Rates
As you’ll see below, weekday rates (Monday to Friday) are slightly cheaper.
- Adults: $7.32 online or $8.00 at the gate
- Youth (ages 6-16): $4.80 online or $6.00 at the gate
- Seniors (ages 65+): $4.80 online or $6.00 at the gate
- Adults with a Disability: $4.80 online or $6.00 at the gate (plus an attendant can get in free)
- Children (ages 0-5): free
Weekday family passes are also available, but only when purchased online (so not at the gate). They cost $14.23 for 1 adult and up to 3 youth, or $20.53 for 2 adults and up to 3 youth.
Speciality Admission Rates
In addition to the above regular weekend and weekday rates, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival also offers the following specialty rates and deals:
Sunrise openings take place 30 minutes before sunrise on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Tickets for this cost $23.44 online and $25.00 at the gate. (Note: sunrise opening admission needs to be purchased by 10 o’clock the night before if buying online).
Weekday Season’s Pass*
Weekday passes cost $23.04 per adult and $17.28 for seniors and youth. They can only be purchased online and cannot be used on the Holiday Monday (i.e., September 3rd).
Full Season’s Pass*
The full season’s pass costs $45.12 for adults and $33.99 for youth and seniors. It too can only be purchased online and is valid any day of the week during regular hours of operation.
* Note: Season’s passes are only available for purchase online and only up until Tuesday, September 4th, 2018.
Photographer All-Access Pass
Special rates apply to photographers planning to take serious shots, as well as anyone wanting a full season’s pass plus access to all the sunrise openings. The photographer all-access pass costs $67.19 for adults and $44.75 for youth and seniors and includes admission during sunrise hours (on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). It too can only be purchased online.
Thursday Local’s Days
Admission to the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival costs just $4 on Thursdays for everyone with valid ID showing proof of residency in Chilliwack, Agassiz, Harrison, Hope and other qualifying communities within the surrounding region.
What to Expect
At the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival you can expect to see fields of beautiful sunflowers and, on weekends, carloads of people taking photos! There are about 5 acres of flower in three different main areas.
At the venue there are 3 acres of giant Mammoth sunflowers over 3 metres tall. Weather permitting, on sunny days you’ll see them all facing in one direction in the morning and then facing the other way in the afternoon.
Also at the festival visitors can stroll through a 1.5-acre field of Suntastic Orange sunflowers, and then admire a 1-acre show garden featuring over a dozen different additional sunflower varieties.
The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival also features a special you-pick field where you can buy cut sunflowers as a souvenir, and on weekends there are a couple of food trucks on site with refreshments for sale.
There is no live entertainment at the festival, but there is a Rotary Train on weekends and some Fridays which is fun for kids. Rides are by donation (with a suggested donation amount of $1 which is a really good deal).
Shopping at the Festival
At the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival, in addition to all the flowers to admire, there are also things to buy. Below is a list of some of the products for purchase and their prices.
- U-pick Field Flowers: $1.25 per stem or 5 stems for $5
- Store Cut Sunflowers: $1.50 per stem or 5 stems for $6
- Mixed Bouquets: prices as marked
There are also bulbs for sale at $10 per bag or 4 bags for $35. Tulips come 10 bulbs in a bag and Double Daffodils come 7 bulbs in a bag.
Ice cream is also available on site, as are cold drinks and miscellaneous souvenir items.
For further details about the event see the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival website.
For information about the venue’s spring festival, click Tulips of the Valley.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s August Calendar
- Vancouver’s September Calendar
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events
- Vancouver Summer Activities