This spring marks the first year of the Abbotsford Tulip Festival, the only tulip festival in BC and tulip celebration in Canada located on a farm. Guests can experience 10 acres of beautiful, vibrant colour, featuring over 50 varieties and 2.5 million bulbs, and ample parking for over 1,000 vehicles.
Having lived in The Netherlands for eight years – home of the much sought-after Keukenhof flower gardens – I’m excited to see a festival happening in our neck of the woods!
The inaugural festival offers a covered picnic area, children’s play area, photo cut-out boards, food trucks (on weekends) and sections for friends and family to wander through the fields. Guests can pick their own flowers in the U-Pick field, purchase fresh cut tulips and order bulbs for planting in the fall. Have a look at all this amazing colour just an hour outside Vancouver!
“Our festival highlights community spirit, local agriculture and spring. I am excited to see this long-time dream become a reality and I’m looking forward to sharing my passion with our community!” says Alexis Warmerdam, owner and fourth generation Dutch-Canadian bulb grower.
2016 Abbotsford Tulip Festival
Dates: March 25 to May 1, 9 am 6 pm, seven days a week
Location: 36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford, BC
Admission: General admission $5.00, Photographer’s admission, $15, available online
Complimentary parking offered Monday to Friday and tour buses welcome.
About The Abbotsford Tulip Festival
For over 30 years, the Warmerdam family has grown field tulips on Sumas Prairie. Over the past year, Alexis has cultivated a new field with the intention of providing a unique experience where guests can appreciate the tulips’ beauty amidst the Fraser Valley scenery.