Where are you located?
Easy-peasy. It’s just an easy drive along Hwy 1. Our fields are located right off the highway, in Chilliwack BC. Take exit 109 (Yale Road West exit) and proceed to 41310 Yale Road. See our Getting Here page for detailed directions.
There’s also an alternate access via Exit 116 and return via Yale Rd West. For driveway access onto the fields, take Royalwood Ave.
How much does it cost?
Less than a boring movie and dinner, more than a dollar store. No, really. We want to be inclusive of all, so we keep our prices reasonable in comparison to other fests. We also offer discounts for buying tickets on-line. Click Here for our Prices.
What is the cost of parking?
A smile…Because parking is Free! Whether you’re in a tour bus, truck, car, bike, moped or motorcycle. Whatever you take to come down here, we have plenty of free parking for all, available all week long!
What are your hours of operation?
We’re open 7 days a week during bloom season.
Sat/Sun and Holidays 9-7
Sunrise opening on Friday/Saturday and Sundays during Tulip bloom
How far are the fields from Parking?
You don’t have to be a marathon runner. We try to make it easy on all our guests by providing parking right next to our fields. The farthest you’ll walk is 300 meters to our hyacinths and daffodils and only on busy days. For the 2019 festival there will be a tractor ride to the tulip fields.
Is there Handicap Parking?
Tulips are treats that everyone should be able to enjoy! So, we provide handicap parking on a gravel area right next to our fields. The area is marked with the Handicap Decal. Spaces are limited, so if you require an area to unload wheelchairs and walkers, we urge you to come early, especially on weekends.
What About Field Accessibility?
The great news is, on a dry day, it should be possible to manage on our bark paths along the front of our fields; but it will be more difficult to navigate the entire field. It’s best to keep your visit to non-rainy days (yes, we have them), if using a wheelchair, walker or if you have difficulty walking. We also have a covered viewing area for those who are less mobile; there you can sit and enjoy a coffee and fresh Stoopwaffle, while enjoying a beautiful view of our tulips.
Can I walk over the entire fields?
Because we value the delicate tulip, and because this is a working farm, we limit where our guests can walk. You can” tiptoe” around the perimeter of our fields and along our “Tulip Paths” through the middle of our tulip fields. There is no walking allowed in between the rows of tulips, to prevent damage to the plants.
We won’t keep you confined to one path, though. We now have several! We have new paths between our daffodils and hyacinths. The hyacinths are particularly delicate – they bruise easily – so we keep a small fence around that part of our fields. But, feel free to walk along the paths and take in their sensational scent!
Can we purchase bulbs at your fields?
Yes, we’re big into bulbs! Though as the bulbs are still in the ground during the tulip festival, you will have to visit our new Sunflower Festival in August/Sept to pick up your Canadian grown tulip and daffodil bulbs.
What type of flowers can you see in the fields?
Tulips for sure… otherwise it wouldn’t be much of a Tulip Fest. We feature 6.5 million tulips, with over 30 different varieties. That’s a lot of colour! We also have 3 acres of specialty double daffodils, in 17 varieties, and 2 acres of hyacinths, in 10 varieties. It’s Spring come to life, in an explosion of eye-catching shades!
How long has Tulips of the Valley been in operation?
Hmmm, you’re asking our age. A lady never tells – except us- we love to highlight how long we’ve been doing this. We are the oldest and largest Tulip Festival in Western Canada and 2019 will be our 13th year! We started our festival back in 2006, in Agassiz BC, and held it there for 10 years. This will be our 3rd year running our festival at our new location in Chilliwack.
Are the tulips just grown for the festival?
Good question. That’s how we differ from other events. Our fields are first and foremost a working farm. That means, you’re visiting a real, agricultural, family-run business, where we work the land, not just for show, but to provide the community with beautiful flowers and to showcase the bountiful agri-tourism that exists in BC.
In fact, we grew bulbs way before we began the fest, through our greenhouse operation, Onos Greenhouses Ltd. It just so happened that people wanted to not only buy the cut flowers for their tabletops, but wanted to watch them flower in a magnificent array of colour in their natural habitat, the fields!
Once they’ve finished blooming in the fields, we harvest the tulip bulbs and sort them by size. The largest ones are used to grow our cash crop of Cut Tulips. Onos Greenhouses grow 7-8 million tulips each spring (January 1-Mothers Day), with about 50% of them originating from the bulbs in our fields and the rest of the bulbs are imported from Holland. We also grow several hundred thousand Hyacinths in their greenhouses, also for cut flowers.
See our Year in a Life page for more details on the life of a tulip bulb.
How big are your fields?
Size does matter when you want a magnificent shot of a tulip field. Not only are we the original tulip festival in Western Canada (13 years running), we’re also the largest!
Our farm uses some of the most sophisticated planting equipment, direct from Holland, to maximize the productivity of the land. This allows us to plant extra wide beds of tulips (180 cm wide) resulting in over 40% more flowers per acre than other growers and thus the biggest overall display, close to 6.5 million flowers. We don’t like to brag, but that’s over and above the average for most growers in North America.
And now, with our added 3 acres of specialty ‘peonie-like’ double daffodils and 2 acres of hyacinths, we have close to 20 acres of floral splendor to enjoy.
Do you pick the flowers in your fields?
It’s tempting. However, those precious bulbs are important to us. They’re the primary product from our fields. We harvest them in June and use them for our Cut Tulip Operation in Onos Greenhouses. If we cut the tulips, the bulbs wouldn’t grow large enough and therefore couldn’t be used for bulb sales or replanting.
Then, why do you cut off just the tulip blooms when they are in full bloom?
It can be confusing, but we do this for a very good reason. Since we plant early, mid and late season tulips, naturally some come into bloom before others. Just before the petals begin to naturally fall off, a process we call “blooming out”, we cut off the tulip heads, so we have control of where the blooms fall. That keeps the petals from falling onto the stems and leaves of the tulips allowing the remaining green plants to live as long as possible in order to grow large, strong bulbs in the ground. Otherwise, early plant death can occur from fungus or rot from loose, dying petals.
Don’t worry, there’s always more on the way. The early blooms will disappear, only to be replaced by late blooming tulips in nearby rows. Our tulip fields continually change. That’s why it’s great to visit them more than once. If you want to see the most varieties, we suggest that you come in the middle of the festival, when they’ll all be blooming at roughly the same time.
Are there Kid-Friendly Activities at our Festival?
We wouldn’t forget the kiddies. We have something for everyone! We want to make this an exciting and educational experience for all, with a little taste of what goes on in a working farm. There will be more than just fabulous tulips. We also have great activities for children, such as:
- Lawn games when weather permits
- Colouring Contests for kids 12 and under – in various age groups, with prizes given at end of festival. See our contest page for details.
- A Paper Scavenger Hunt – where kids find answers to simple questions around the fields
- Several Fairy/Elf Houses – an enchanting world for kids to discover, hidden in the fields
- Many Great Photo Ops – for kids, parents and grandparents!
Will other activities be offered at the Festival?
You probably want to know if we have more than flowers? Yes, those 7 million tulips are the jewel in our crown, but we also have many other activities and displays, so you can experience a whole day of fun. Other than the chance to enjoy our beautiful fields, we also have:
- On-site food trucks – at the fields daily, ready to keep those tummies full so you can give the fields a second round. This year we will be welcoming back Big Red Poutine, Dutchilicious, Querilla Q, New Taste Wraps, Mr Donair, Mr Hotdog, all from the Fraser Valley. Every year, we add different flavour sensations!
- Our very own Stroop Waffle Stand – so ‘dutch-licious’! Think fresh-baked caramel filled cookies Friday through Sundays. This Dutch favorite will be returning for its fourth year!
- The Chilliwack Rotary Train – want to take a ride along the sides of our fields without tiring your legs? Perfect for visitors with mobility issues. The train will be run by Rotary Club members and will be on-site to take visitors around our tulip fields. Included in entry fee
- Unique Tulip Designs and Art! – check out our custom-made tulip beds, our flower mosaics, and our Aboriginal face cut-out mural. Or see the flower that everyone’s talking about – the World Friendship Tulip – which has been picked as the global symbol of peace! We’ll have a bed of these creamy yellow beauties on display!
- Special Photo Opportunities – want a great wallpaper for your smartphone? Or maybe some memorable family pics, or fun ones with your friends? Around the field, there are plenty of places to take that special photo, like beside our windmill, the old Dutch bike, or by the field-viewing platform. Come discover the best photo backdrop you’ll ever find!
- Story Boards – Doesn’t sound exciting, huh? Learn about the history of our fields and about the year round farming process. Look for these in our display garden
- You can also shop at the Festival Store – bring back a souvenir! Impress your friends with tulip magnets, keychains, tulip tea towels, photo cards, or grab a unique gift for someone special. Hey, who has tulip oven mitts? Now, that’s original!
Look for some of these other items, available at our store:
- Fresh cut greenhouse tulips
- Potted tulips in 2 different sizes
- Potted Hyacinths
- Postcards/photo cards
- Tulip Aprons, Oven Mitts, Tea Towels
- Tulip Scarves
- Tulip Pens, Magnets, Keychains
- Tulip Shopping Bags and Umbrellas
- Tulip Solar garden stakes
- and much more
Can I buy food on site?
We wouldn’t want you to have to drive somewhere to grab a bite to eat. We want you to feel free to spend as much time at the fields as you wish. So yes, on weekdays, we will have 1-2 food trucks on-site, and 3-5 food trucks on weekends and holidays. Plus, we have our very own Dutch Stroop Waffle Stand, which is available Friday-Sunday, with hot drinks and yummy Dutch waffles!
Can we bring our own food?
Want a picnic in the tulips? No problem. That’s one of our favorite Spring activities! We do reserve our tables and chairs for those purchasing their food from our participating food trucks. But, you’re more than welcome to bring your own food and sit on a bench, or on our grass lawn (we suggest you bring a blanket).
Will there be places to sit and get out of the weather?
If it should rain, and in BC that’s always a possibility, we’ve got you covered – literally. There’s no need to skip the fields. We will have a couple of covered areas in case of rain, or too much sun. We’ll also have several benches set up around the fields, so you can take a rest when needed, or for photo opportunities, if the mood should strike.
How should I dress?
We wouldn’t recommend expensive heels or your Sunday best. Anything that might not go well with a little dirt, you might want to leave at home. We are a farm and you will be walking in dirt fields. And though we do our best to ensure there are some areas that remain clean and dry, most of our pathways are dirt and can get muddy on wet days.
We advise you to bring the following:
- Gum boots or good walking shoes/boots – that way, rain or shine, you’re prepared for all weather conditions. Forgot to bring a pair? No worries. We have disposable booties available, for those exceptionally wet days.
- An umbrella, or something with a hood, in case it rains.
- A rain jacket, to keep you warm and toasty as you stroll the fields. And layering clothes is always a good option, so you can remove items if it gets hot, or add them in if it’s a bit chilly.
Do you have bathrooms?
Well, we don’t want you tinkling in the tulips, so we have ample, regularly serviced, portable toilets on-site, with some handicap stalls and several hand-wash stations.
Are we allowed to bring our dog?
We love dogs! We’re big pet people. And we always set up a doggie drink station near the bathrooms. We only ask that you keep your four-legged friend on a leash and please pick up after them, as we don’t want to make a mess for others to step in.
We want to keep the air clean for all our visitors, so please, no smoking at the fields or in our parking lots. We also ask that you refrain from vaping, as some people have sensitivities to the propellants in these products.
What methods of payment do you accept?
At one point in history, you could pay your way in tulip bulbs (no kidding, it’s true!). It’s cash and credit cards for us, both at our entrance and store. To save some money why not pre-purchase your tickets online for a reduced rate? See our tickets page.
Do you provide refunds?
Sorry, tickets are non-refundable.
Are Drones Allowed?
Though drones can give some fantastic aerial views and images, to respect our visitors’ privacy and safety, we don’t allow drones on the fields because of new Transport Canada regulations.