Both are exceptional in different ways, and both are highly recommended. Given that they are both in large open spaces, outside and in the fresh air, they are also great places to visit in today’s world of COVID-19.
Sunflower Festivals in the Lower Mainland
There are a number of places you can find fields of sunflowers in August and September. Some are larger venues and others are smaller. Some locations feature massive flowers, some are mostly smaller, and some showcase over a dozen different kinds of the beautiful and amazing plant. Most of the best places to find sunflowers in late summer and early fall, though, are, as one might expect, in the Fraser Valley.
Fraser Valley Sunflower Trail
The Fraser Valley Sunflower Trail is an event hosted by a collection of farms in Abbotsford and Chilliwack. It starts in August and finishes in early September.
The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival is the biggest of the participating organizations. It’s the region’s largest and longest-running event of its kind, with the most acres of sunflowers, and it’s impressive! New for 2020, there is also the Sunflower Festival at Maan Farms in Abbotsford. It’s smaller, but also has a corn maze, farm animals and multiple play structures for children. It’s a wonderful place for families with young children.
Other venues participating in the Fraser Valley Sunflower Trail include Taves Family Farm, Minter Country Garden, the Eco Dairy and a couple of other places.
Chilliwack Sunflower Festival
The event in Chilliwack usually features close to three dozen varieties of sunflowers spread out over around 17 acres of farmland. In 2020, because of COVID-19, it has scaled back a bit. This year there are 10 acres and close to two dozen different kinds of sunflowers, plus additional fields of dahlias and gladiolas. There also aren’t the usual games, train and other activities as there are most years. It’s still a wonderful event, though, and still highly recommended.
Tickets to this festival have to be purchased online. Admission in 2020 costs the following (not including taxes):
- Adults – $15 in advance or $20 on the day (but still purchased online)
- Children – $6 in advance or $8 on the day
On Weekdays (including the Labour Day Monday)
- Adults – $20 in advance or $25 on the day (but still purchased online)
- Children – $8 in advance or $10 on the day
The Chilliwack event takes place on a farm at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack. It’s located just off the Trans-Canada Highway by the Exit #109.
To learn more see our article about the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival.
Abbotsford Sunflower Festival
2020 is the first year for this event at Maan Farms. The sunflower part of the event is much smaller than that of the festival in Chilliwack, but it’s also really nice. Also, in addition to the field of flowers, the Abbotsford event features tons of kid-friendly activities as admission includes access to the farm’s corn maze, farm animal petting zoo and play structures at the venue’s Barnyard Adventureland.
Admission rates to Maan Farms’ Sunflower Festival and its various child-friendly activities in 2020 are listed below.
- Children (ages 3 and older) or adults not accompanied by a child – $9.95
- Adults (when accompanied by a child ages 3 and older) – $7.95
- Little Kids (under 3 years of age) – free
To learn more about this event see our article about the Abbotsford Sunflower Festival.
In today’s world of COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing and avoiding close proximity to people in indoor spaces, flower festivals like the ones in Chilliwack and Abbotsford are a real treat! If you like gardening, gardens, flowers and beautiful scenery, or if you’re just dying to get outside and do something fun, then we highly recommend you check out these events!
For more information about the above two events see our articles about the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival and Maan Farms. Or, for their official websites, visit chilliwacksunflowerfest.com or maanfarms.com.
Other articles you might be interested in include the following:
- Labour Day Weekend
- Vancouver Events in August
- Vancouver Events in September
- Lower Mainland Wineries
- Pumpkin Patches in the Lower Mainland
- Corn Mazes in the Lower Mainland
- Vancouver Autumn Activities