Get your cameras ready! One of the most popular additions in recent years to the Lower Mainland’s summer calendar will soon be here again!
The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival returns for its fifth awe-inspiring year, beginning August 10 (till September 5). The first event of its kind in B.C., the festival draws hundreds of thousands of attendees to the breathtaking grounds at Royalwood Drive (also the site of the Chilliwack Tulip Festival), where 50 varieties of sunflowers are planted in three display gardens alongside more than 50 varieties of dahlias, eight varieties of gladiolas, and a large bed of zinnias and cosmos.
Roam more than three kilometres of pathways throughout the fields, which are planted in stages so that all of the flowers can be enjoyed throughout the season in various locations. While weather conditions determine when the greatest number of flowers are in bloom, between five and eight acres will be in full bloom at all times.
As in past years, the flowers themselves are complemented by a variety of onsite photo opportunities, including an operational windmill, three vintage bicycles, a 1950s Morris convertible, a horse carriage, seven swing sets, a three-wheeled Harley-Davidson motorcycle and, new this year, a 1965 Airstream trailer. Plus, look for lawn games, U-pick sunflower, a field-side store offering fresh-cut and potted sunflowers, sunflower seeds, bulbs (tulips and daffodils), souvenirs, ice cream, snacks, cold drinks, fresh Chilliwack corn and local garlic. Peckish? a local food truck will be on site daily (two on weekends). —Vita Daily