Bigger & Better Chilliwack Sunflower Festival return for 2019

Blooming bright for a second year, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival returns on August 1st.  This year, a massive field of dahlias complements the acres of sunflowers, for a total of 20 acres of flowers, bringing even more colour to the Fraser Valley community,!

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

Every day from August 1 to September 15, visitors can make their way through 35 varieties of peak-season sunflowers — from two-foot Dwarf Sunspots to 12-foot Mammoth Grey Stripes, in varying shades of yellow, orange, and red. Pick your own Sunrich Orange sunflowers to take home (while supplies last), as well as cut sunflowers and field flowers, sunflower-inspired gifts, and onsite-grown spring bulbs of tulips and daffodils.

The addition of 54 varieties of dahlias, a giant pumpkin patch, and a field of pick-your-own Chilliwack corn (while supplies last) bring even more to the 2019 Festival

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – Dahlias

“The success of last summer’s inaugural Chilliwack Sunflower Festival exceeded all expectations,” says festival co-founder Kate Onos-Gilbert. “It was so gratifying to welcome thousands of families, couples, and individuals to our fields, and to see them marvel at the bounty of seasonal beauty that Chilliwack produces at this time of year. The festival has grown so much since last year, too — so I encourage those who attended last year to make a return visit.”

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – Pick Your Own Corn

Around every turn, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival provides countless opportunities to capture the perfect Instagram-worthy keepsake photos and videos. Roam the acreage to discover swing sets, an operational windmill, a vintage bicycle, face cut-outs, and more.  Take a break from the blooms with the many outdoor lawn games available to play: bolaball, “giant” Jenga, dominoes, tic-tac-toe, checkers, and more. 

Weekends include the added attraction of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack Fraser train, which offers free rides through the fields.

A dedicated covered area provides a shaded retreat from the summer sun to enjoy cold drinks, ice cream, and snacks, plus local food trucks will be on site daily.

The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival runs every day from August 1 to September 15 (hours vary; check website for full details). Location is 41310 Yale Road. Ticket and season-pass prices vary for individuals, families and bus groups; children five and under are admitted free.
On-leash pets are welcome — a water station and complimentary pick-up bags will be available.

Visit for directions, complete ticket pricing, and more information.

Hopcott Meat Celebrates 10 Years!

Hopcott Meats in Pitt Meadows is celebrating 10 years this August and renowned Hopcott Farm has a barn-load of fun-filled events in the coming months.

The festivities kick off this weekend with Meet the Rancher on Saturday, August 6th, including a charity BBQ for Alisa’s Wish, live music, free coffee and product samples, and activities for all ages. ‘Meet your Rancher’ is the perfect opportunity for public to get to know where their meat comes from and are invited to stop by and learn from the ranchers who raise their meat.

Farm and Music Festival on Saturday, August 20th featuring rising star, Jo Jo Mason, and past Canadian Folk Music Award Winner, Kierah, full admission to Meadows Maze and a BBQ lunch.

MeadowsMaze16On August 21st, the famed Meadows Maze re-opens for its 17th year. The 17-acre cornfield, one of the largest corn mazes in the Pacific Northwest, uses GPS tracking to create its unique design with more than 8 km of trails.  This year’s theme and design “Hopcott Celebrates 10 Years” features 3 different maze challenges to appeal to all ages, from young to old.

Farm Tracks Maze: great for small children as they explore winding paths and play the ‘Farm Tracks’ game

Farm Scene Investigation Maze: a medium-size maze that accommodates shorter time schedules. Guests collect clues from hidden stations to eliminate farm animal suspects, as they solve the mystery of “What Happened to Farmer Joe?”

Mega Maze: a giant maze that has 18 checkpoints over a 6 km trail.

Festivals continues into autumn with:

September Corn Festival including free popcorn, eating and shucking corn, races, contests, crafts and face painting.

Longtable Dinner: September 18th, a 5-course dinner prepared by Hopcott’s own chefs and wine pairings from Chaberton Estate Winery

October Cranberry Day including a pancake breakfast, contests, live entertainment, a tour of the Cranberry bog, cranberry crafts and more. Guests can even take a hand at booming cranberries in a water-filled bog exhibit.

Hopcott Meats is located at 18385 Old Dewdney Truck Road, Pitt Meadows. 

The Maze is located adjacent to its sister operation Hopcott Meats at 13672 Reichenbach Rd. Pitt Meadows, BC. 

Abbotsford Tulip Festival 2015 Wraps

AbbyTulipFest_6060Yesterday, the inaugural Abbotsford Tulip Festival came to a close. The hugely successful Festival brought throngs of visitors to the Warmerdam Farm on the Sumas Prairie.

Covering 10 acres, 2.5 million bulbs burst into colour over the last 5 weeks.  Even while some of the field lost their colour, there was still rows upon rows of brilliant colour to capture on the final days. AbbyTulipFest_2016-05-01, 10 45 43As we roamed the field, under blazing sunshine, visitors of all ages jumped at the chance to witness natures wonder.  While the brilliant colours are the main attraction, with a stunning backdrop of Mount Baker rising in the horizon, the Festival is more than just the flowers.  Activities around the site makes it fun for the whole family; tether ball, rubber ducky races, sandboxes, photo cutout boards, food trucks, covered picnic areas.  For $5 per person, it’s a great value for a day out. AbbyTulipFest_6057

The Tulip Festival has closed for the season and the Warmerdam’s will set about preparing for another even more brilliant field of colour next year.

Watch for the Abbotsford Tulip Festival to return in Spring 2017.   Located just down the road from the Ramada Plaza Abbotsford Hotel and Conference Centre,  as well as Castle Fun Park,  plan your stay to make a day of it or check out the Ramada Plaza’s Festival Packages next year.