For the spring months, Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie blossoms into Tulip heaven!
Pete Warmerdam, who immigrated to the Fraser Valley in 1950 from The Netherlands, is the proud owner and operator and has been growing stunning flowers since 1974. He began with gladiolus then expanded his crop to outdoor tulips, daffodils and peonies along with greenhouse tulips and daffodils. He has his granddaughter, Alexis to thank for her wonderful idea of opening the flower fields to interested tourists and fellow flower lovers – hence the Bloom Tulip Festival was born!
Tulip flowers are large, showy and eye catching with their bright, rainbow colours. Tulips tend to be red, pink, yellow or white and are truly a sight to behold. Tulips are one of the best things to see in Spring Months, when they blossom.
Approximately 175,000 bulbs per acre, which works out to be close to 2 million bulbs over the 10 acre festival field were planted last November.
At the Abbotsford Blood Tulip Festival, you can spend an entire day strolling in the acres of rainbow coloured flowers and outdoor space with your friends, family or partner. Along with walking amongst the flowers, guests can bring a picnic from home, or chow down at one of the delicious on-site food trucks, available on weekends. There’s a covered picnic area, photo cut out boards and a children’s play area, making it super family friendly. The festival recommends you bring your camera so you can snap one of a kind phots with the beautiful flowery backdrop.
If you really fall in love with flowers, there is a on-site flower market where you can purchase bouquets of fresh cut tulips or get creative and design your own in the you pick zone. Have a green thumb? You can order bulbs to bring the flowers to your own garden.
Dogs are welcome on a leash and depending on the weather, you can access the festival with a stroller or a wheelchair. It is advisable to check their website for any updates on the weather and the conditions of the ground to see if you’ll be okay. Oh, and be sure to wear boots!
What: 5th year anniversary of Abbotsford Tulip Festival with a new immersive experience for guests to enjoy the array of colours in the country. Enjoy stunning field, new insta worthy photo opportunities, a u-pick field, food vendors, covered picnic area, and a flower market.
When: April 14 – May 3, 2020
Where: The festival location is about one hour outside of Vancouver at 36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford.
It’s a better deal if you are able to go on the weekdays, plus it is less busy. The rates vary, from $3.75 to $30 depending on age and time of admission.
Parking is free!