Wring the most out of the waning days of summer by enjoying the cheery brightness of sun-drenched fields of sunflowers and other blooms at the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival.
Chilliwack Sunflower Festival
It’s been a tough summer. The pandemic has cancelled many public events or rescheduled them until 2021. So it’s delightful to have the chance to attend a festival in celebration of the natural beauty of the humble yet glorious sunflower. From a tiny seed, beautiful things can grow.
The Chilliwalk Sunflower Festival, which is also the presenter of the Chilliwack Tulip Festival, invites guests to wander through fields that are alive with different varieties of sunflowers, as well as varieties of dahlias as big as your head, and tall and winsome gladiolas.
There are fun photo props like antique bikes, tractors, swings and farmstand booths. The giant mammoth sunflowers, sunrich orange sunflowers, teddy bear sunflowers and deep red blooms may inspire twirling and posing all on their own (ahem), but everyone in the family will enjoy a slow roam through this farm in the Fraser Valley.
‘In the family’ includes your fur babies. The Festival is dog-friendly, just be sure to keep them on a leash and under control. If you’d like to take some of the sunshine home, the Festival operates a small store where visitors can purchase cut flowers and local supersweet corn.
Festival Safety Measures
Like so many public events this pandemic summer, the Festival has had to do things a little differently this year. Visitors must purchase tickets online, there’s directional signage to guide guests through the fields, and high-touch areas like photo features and props are frequently sanitized.
This year, in order to ensure everyone’s health and safety, the usual components of the festival have been reimagined. Changes include:
• tickets sold online only, per one-hour block
• the fields’ capacity is limited to 25%
• directional pathways that are 3 to 5 metres wide
• hand-sanitizing stations and safety notices placed where needed
• staff will be sanitizing high-touch areas throughout the day
• limited hands-on photo-op props
• no playground, picnic tables or lawn games this year.
Hours of Operation
Tickets are sold by the hour from August 12th – September 7th, 2020. For our visit, we entered at 11 AM and had more than enough time and space to walk through the fields and stop for photographs.
- Thursday-Monday: 7 am first entry; 6 pm final entry
- Tuesday & Wednesday: 9 am first entry; 6 pm final entry
For more information about safety precautions click here.
BY CAR FROM METRO VANCOUVER
Approx. 75 minutes (91 km)
STEP 1: Follow the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) East. Once you pass Abbotsford, take Exit 109 (Yale Road West).
STEP 2: After the exit, you will turn right onto Yale Road.
STEP 3: Then turn right once you reach Royalwood Avenue.
The entrance to the festival fields will be at the corner of Yale Road and Royalwood Avenue.
Visit the Fraser Valley
While you’re in the neighbourhood, check out the many surrounding Fraser Valley communities and what they have to offer. From surprising Abbotsford to great eats in Langley and rediscovering Surrey, it’s easy to make a day trip out of your Festival and explore the region.
Disclosure: The writer thanks the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival for hosting her visit. As always, her opinions and love of sunflowers are honest and her own.