Htow did the Chilliwack Tulip Festival star? Well, they couldn’t do it by themselves. What started out as a family passion, soon bloomed into a wonderful partnership with Onos Greenhouses Ltd., who own and grow the tulips on the 20-acre field. As you can imagine, this yields a bounty of bulbs, and at the end of the blooming season, after guests have enjoyed the vibrant display, Onos Greenhouses collects the bulbs and then uses them in their greenhouse operation, to produce cut Tulips that are sold throughout western Canada and the Northern States. The Chilliwack Tulip Festival 2019 runs from April 10 to May 5 with possible extension depending on the weather.
It’s with the help of Onos Greenhouses Ltd., that they are able to bring you Tulips of the Valley, Western Canada’s largest and most recognized Tulip Festival!
Since then, they have been the Tulip Ambassador, bringing the lively, bright colours of the tulip to the Fraser Valley. People have been pouring in from as far away as South Asia and Europe as well as closer to home from the US, Alberta and the Okanagan, just to get a glimpse of our terrain of tulips.
The Chilliwack Tulip Festival 2019 takes place over a 3-5-week period, usually in April, sometimes into May, depending on the weather. Actual length depends on temperatures, high temperatures pushes the tulips through faster. The first 2 weeks of the festival will be for celebrating beautiful new additions, over 10 varieties of Hyacinths and 17 different varieties of Specialty Daffodils. The last 3 weeks will be for celebrating the main act 20 acres of tulips.
HISTORY OF THE CHILLIWACK TULIP FESTIVAL 2019
When they first started cultivating these beauties, it was a pleasure enjoyed only by their family. After appreciating the tulip fields for years, they had to share the beauty with anyone who wished to see it. So, in 2006, they opened their fields to the public and they’ve done it ever since – for over 10 years!
They originally opened the festival on Seabird Island, just east of Agassiz. It was on Aboriginal land, and they spent the first 10 years of the festival working closely with the local band to honour the Aboriginal culture. They sold Bannock at the festival, had aboriginal dancers, drummers, and even aboriginal artisans at the fields.
Now in its twelfth year, the festival has grown from a couple of hundred visitors per season, to nearly 30,000, and they’ve relocated to charming Chilliwack, to better showcase the talents of the tulip.
DATES & HOURS OF THE CHILLIWACK TULIP FESTIVAL 2019
· Monday to Friday | 10:00am to 7:00pm
· Weekends & Holidays | 9:00am to 7:00pm
· 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack, BC V2R 4J3
· Early Bloom: April 10 to April 18 (Daffodils and Hyacinths)
· Tulip Bloom: April 19 to May 5 (with possible extension)
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