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 chilliwacksunflowerfest.com for directions, complete ticket pricing, and more information.

Join an Instameet to #ExploreBCDay

#ExploreBCDay

In honour of BC Day on August 1 2016, Hello BC is helping to organize a day of Instameets around the province as a way to celebrate the holiday.

What’s an Instameet? An Instameet is a gathering of photographers and Instagrammers who come together, at a pre-set time and place, to take photos and upload them to Instagram. Visitors and locals can join in the BC Day celebrations by registering for one of the Instameets, happening all over the province, from Prince George to Victoria, listed on the Hello BC website.  Then explore the location taking photos, sharing them to Instagram with the hashtag #exploreBCday and meet fellow photographers (and maybe a few Pokemon Go players along the way).  These events are happening at popular summer destinations and attractions across the province, so there will be plenty of photo inspiration for everyone.  While the Vancouver and Victoria ones are full,

Grab your friends, find a BC Day Instameet near you and get creative. Follow what other Instameet participants are going by following the #exploreBCDay hashtag and see how people around the province celebrate BC Day

Friday Find : BC Day Instameets

Photo 2015-07-29, 23 58 03One of the most popular photo subjects on Instagram, aside from selfies and food, is beautiful scenery.  If this is your style of Instapic, this holiday BC Day Monday, August 3rd, is your chance to get out and meet other like-minded Instagramers.

BC Day #Instameets are happening all around the province.  Destination BC has helped organize 20+ Instameets as a way to help celebrate the beautiful scenes of Beautiful British Columbia.

An Instameet is a group of Instagram Photographers coming together at a set location, and set time, taking photos of their locations to upload  to Instagram.

Locals and visitors can join any of the BC Day Instameets and sharing their photos on Instagram using the hashtag #exploreBC. The Instameets are happening at popular destinations and attractions all around the province. So gather your friends, find a BC Day Instameet near you and start posting and remember to tag #exploreBC in your posts

Some of the nearby Instameets are:

Vancouver
Time: Details pending
Meeting location: Details pending

New Westminster
Time: 11:00 am
Meeting location: Westminster Quay, behind the Fraser River Discovery Centre (on the waterfront side)
Hosted by: @tourismnewwest

White Rock
Time: 5:30 pm
Meeting location: White Rock Visitor Centre (1459 B Johnston Road)
Hosted by: @inwhiterock

Langley
Time: 11:30 am
Meeting location: Lelem’s Arts & Cultural Café (100-23285 Billy Brown Road)
RSVP: Registration for this event is limited. To attend this event, please email: Sarah@tourism-langley.ca
Hosted by: @tourismlangley

Surrey
Time: 1:00 pm
Meeting location: Made in India Clothing (8312 128th Street)
Details: http://truesurrey.ca/colours-of-india-instameet/
Hosted by: @tourismsurrey

Harrison Hot Springs
Time: 10:00 am
Meeting location: Harrison Hot Springs Visitor Centre (499 Hot Springs Rd)
Details: http://www.tourismharrison.com/instameet
Hosted by: @tourismharrison

Victoria
Time: 3:00 pm
Meeting location: Bright Pearl Statue, Chinatown (1689 Government Street)
Details: http://www.tourismvictoria.com/events/instameet/
Hosted by: @tourismvictoriabc

Nanaimo
Time: 7:00 pm
Meeting location: Heritage Hudson Bay Bastion (95 Front Street)
Details: www.tourismnanaimo.com/instameet
RSVP: To attend this event, please click here.
Hosted by: @tourismnanaimo

See the full list of scheduled BC Day Instameets at blog.hellobc.com/instameet

Rogers Santa Claus Parade

The man in the big red suit is on his way back to visit all the good little girls and boys in Vancouver. The ninth annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade takes place on December 2nd, 2012.

The pre-parade family activities get under way at 1030 am as the Christmas Square returns to the Vancouver Art Gallery with Face Painting, Gingerbread Tent, Write a Letter Santa stations and performances.

At 1pm the parade gets under way with a route running from Georgia and Broughton Streets, along Georgia to Howe and finally ending at Howe and Davie Streets.

New this year is the introduction of VIP seating at the corner of Georgia and Howe, which has proved popular as they are already sold out.
After the parade head to Robson Square’s ice rink for photos with Santa, free skating and more family fun to wrap up the day from 3pm – 5pm