The biggest tulip festival in the province returns to its original home outside of Harrison Hot Springs in April 2024 after years away.
The Harrison Tulip Festival used to happen in the Agassiz-Harrison area. The festival then moved to Chilliwack and operated there for a number of years, first as the Tulips of the Valley, and then later as the Chilliwack Tulip Festival. The farming family that ran both of those festivals has now moved back to Agassiz, as of just last year. The family is once again opening its tulip fields to the public.
The Harrison Tulip Festival isn’t in the exact same spot it was years ago. It is though in the same region, not far from where it originally started.
Visit harrisontulipfest.com for the festival’s official website.
The Harrison Tulip Festival
The Tulips of the Valley festival was founded in 2006 in Agassiz, just outside of Harrison Hot Springs. The festival was both the first of its kind in BC and remained the province’s largest tulip festival in the years that followed. The festival moved to Chilliwack in 2017. It returns to Agassiz in the spring of 2024. The Onos family runs both festivals.
The move from Chilliwack to the Agassiz-Harrison region comes in conjunction with the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival changing its name to the Harrison Sunflower Festival. The festival celebrated its first year at the Onos family’s new farm in the fall of 2023.
The new Harrison Tulip Festival is going to be very similar to the Chilliwack Tulip Festival, just in a different location. The new farm is farther from Vancouver, but in an even more beautiful spot!
Where is the Festival?
The Harrison Tulip Festival’s new home is at 5039 Lougheed Highway in Agassiz. There is free parking at the site which is nice because driving is the only way to get to the festival.
The fields are located just off the highway close to the turn-off for Harrison Hot Springs. It’s about a 30-minute drive from the old Chilliwack Tulip Festival location.
(Note: The above photo is of the Harrison Tulip Festival with Mt. Cheam in the background from when the festival was in Agassiz years ago at its original location. The view from the new farm is similar, but not exactly the same.)
For full details about the event, visit the Harrison Tulip Festival website.
What to Expect
There currently aren’t many details available about what the tulip festival will look like in 2024. We can assume, however, that the event will be pretty similar to the Chilliwack version.
The Chilliwack Tulip Festival featured millions of flowers each year. There were around 30 different varieties of tulips as well as many kinds of daffodils and hyacinths as well. The flowers spread across 20 acres or so of land.
The typical season for the festival in recent years has run from around mid-April to early May. The festival’s exact opening and closing dates in 2024 depend on how warm or cold the spring is.
At the Harrison Tulip Festival, in addition to fields of beautiful tulips, there will also be a 2-acre show garden with tulips, hyacinths, double daffodils and Fritallaria. That will be in front of the old home on the property, just behind the store barn. New since the farm hosted the Harrison Sunflower Festival and Harrison Pumpkin Festival last fall, there is now a nice grassy area surrounded by gardens for lawn games, picnicking and other activities.
To learn more about what the previous version of the festival used to look like, see our article about the Chilliwack Tulip Festival.
Other Events at the Venue
Agassiz is not just home to the new tulip festival. At the same farm there is also the Harrison Sunflower Festival in August/September and the Harrison Pumpkin Festival later in the fall. Both of those events celebrated their first years in 2023.
The sunflower festival featured close to 15 acres of flowers, primarily sunflowers but also dahlias, zinnias and cosmos.
For more information about the event, visit the Harrison Tulip Festival website.
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