Amid all the blossom furor, the graceful tulip is making her first spring appearance in a variety of styles and hues – think stripes, frills and solids. And while a family photo under the delicate, pink cherry petals is a must, nothing beats toddlers amid the tulips. But where to go?
There are two major ticketed tulip festivals in the Fraser Valley featuring acres of colourful blooms and stunning backdrops. They both offer excellent photo ops and loads of activities to keep the kids entertained if admiring spring blooms isn’t quite enough to maintain their attention. We’ve also included some first-rate gardens around town that have their own share of floral fun.
Bloom, Abbotsford Tulip Festival
One of the Lower Mainland’s most popular and picturesque display of tulips is Instagram mecca. The Bloom, Abbotford Tulip Festival features 10 acres of tulips blooming in a brilliant rainbow of colour. With over 35 varieties on display, this is the place to get your spring family photo. Protip: Go when it’s sunny and wear rubber boots! Soft opening (low bloom) is set for April 9th.
>> Bloom, Abbotsford Tulip Festival
Tulips of the Valley
Just up the road from Bloom is an even bigger (size-wise festival) in Chillwack-Agassiz. Tulips of the Valley is a breathtaking blossom fest, which opened April 1st. This is tulip growing country folks! With a drop-dead spectacular mountain backdrop, the fest also boasts hyacinth and daffodil fields, food trucks, Dutch treats, kids crafts and tractor rides and the real farm experience, which is great for all ages.
>> Tulips of the Valley
Queen Elizabeth Park
Smack dab in the middle of Vancouver, QE Park is FREE and offers multiple gardens from the iconic cherry blossom grove to two quarries full of seasonal flowers. There are a surprising amount of tulips – so keep your eyes open!
>> Queen Elizabeth Park
The city’s biggest botanical garden is Dutch, so you know that they know tulips. With many different species of tulips on display, the garden also offers loads of space for the kids roam around.
>> VanDusen Gardens
Stanley Park pretty much has it all: A 12 km seawall with jaw-dropping views, a world-class aquarium, miles of wooded trails, sandy beaches, heron roosts and duck filled lagoons, playgrounds, a mini-train, and a series of glorious gardens. Be sure to check out the tulips at the Stanley Park Pavilion. PS: 100% FREE.
>> Stanley Park