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Chilliwack Sunflower Festival in 2019

by Blog Updates |

The festival opened for the season on August 1st in 2019 and is scheduled to run until September 15th.

For details see below or click Chilliwack Sunflower Festival for the attraction’s official website.

The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival celebrates its second year of operations in 2019. The event features some 35 different varieties of sunflowers over 17 or so acres of farmland.

Where is the Festival?

The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival takes place in the fields of a farm just off the Trans-Canada Highway at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack, which is the same venue as the Chilliwack Tulip Festival about 4 months earlier.

Coming from the Vancouver direction along the #1 Highway, take Exit 109 and turn right onto Yale Road. At Royalwood Avenue you then turn right again (so pretty much right away).

See the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival‘s official website for tickets and further information.

Activity Signs at Sunflower Festival
Where things are at the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival
When is the Festival?

The festival runs from August until mid-September. Last year it began on Tuesday, August 22nd, and ran until Sunday, September 16th. In 2019 the event opened for the season on August 1st. September 15th will likely be the last day (although the season could get extended).

Hours of operation for the event in 2019 are as follows:

August 1st to 25th: open Monday to Friday from 10:00 in the morning until 8:00 at night, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm.

August 26th to September 15th: open Monday to Friday from 10:00 in the morning until 7:00 at night, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm.

There are special Sunrise Openings for those who enjoy taking photographs with the special morning lighting. Weekends include Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 2019 times and dates are the following:

  • Weekend of August 9th to 11th – 5:30 am
  • Weekend of August 16th to 18th – 5:45 am
  • Weekend of August 23rd to 25th – 6:00 am
  • Weekend of August 30th to September 1st – 6:15 am

Chilliwack Sunflower and Windmill

Festival Admission

The cost of admission to the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival depends on your age, when you go and how you purchase your tickets. Adults cost more than youth and seniors, online tickets are less expensive than admission at the gate, and weekdays are cheaper than weekends.

Online prices are plus GST and online fees while prices at the gate include GST. Both cash and credit cards are accepted at the gate.

(Note: Admission prices and other details are subject to change.)

What to Expect

At the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival you can expect to see fields of beautiful sunflowers. This year there are about 17 acres of flowers in various areas, up from just 5 or so acres last year.

New for 2019 is a 3-acre field showcasing 54 varieties of dahlias, with some as big as dinner plates. This complements the 35 varieties of sunflowers and is a great addition to the attraction.

At the venue there are a few acres of giant Mammoth sunflowers over three metres tall. Weather permitting, on sunny days you can see them all facing in one direction in the morning and then facing the other way in the afternoon.

The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival also features a special you-pick field where you can buy cut sunflowers as a souvenir (for about $2 per stem), and on weekends there are a couple of food trucks on site with refreshments for sale.

At the festival there are also activities for children. There is a small play structure, real tractors to climb on and a lawn full of games (like bean bag tossing). There is also a Rotary Train on weekends (starting in mid-August) which is fun for kids. Rides last year were by donation (with a suggested donation amount of $1 which was a really good deal). 2019 will likely be the same.

Tractor Display at Chilliwack Sunflower Festival
Family fun at the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

Source: Vancouver's Best Places