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Celebrate summer with sunflowers. These huge yellow blooms turn to face the sun, following its progress across the sky each day. Get lost in a forest of gorgeous golden flowers at one of these Vancouver area sunflower festivals.

 

Sunflower Festival Tips

  • Dress for the weather. Bring sunscreen and a hat on sunny days and rain gear on wet days. And remember that you’re visiting a farm, so skip the fancy shoes since the paths can be uneven and wet.
  • Book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • Stay on marked paths to avoid trampling the delicate flowers.
  • Buy snacks at the festival and have a picnic.
  • Some festivals allow dogs on leash. Check websites for details.
  • Leave your drone at home. Transport Canada regulations prohibit drones at all three festival sites.

 

Richmond Sunflower Festival

Explore over 20 acres of sunflowers, dahlias, and gladiolas at the Richmond Sunflower Festival. They have over 50 varieties of delightfully colourful flowers. There is even a sunflower maze! Take a photo with their flower wagon or sign up for unique experiences like yoga in the dahlia fields or wine tasting at Country Vines, their Estate Winery. Stop by Richmond Country Farms Market to buy fresh berries and homegrown corn too.

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When: July 29 to late August

Where: 12900 Steveston Highway, Richmond

Tickets: RichmondSunflowerFest.com

 

 

Sunflower Festival at Maan Farms

Get lost in a sea of sunflowers at Maan Farms. They have a huge field of sunflowers with a spectacular 40-foot-long rainbow arcing over the top. There are tons of cute photo ops scattered throughout the fields so you can get great pics for Instagram. Your admission includes Barnyard Adventureland too, so you can visit the baby goats. Don’t miss Mama Maan’s kitchen for delicious samosas, pakoras, and butter chicken. If you want the ultimate sunflower experience, book a Secret Sunflower Picnic. You’ll enjoy private dining surrounded by sunflowers as you dig into your picnic basket of charcuterie or tandoori chicken.

When: July 30 to August 28

Where: 790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford

Tickets: MaanFarms.com

Posing with sunflowers at Maan Farms in Abbotsford

Photo: Maan Farms

 

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

Stroll through over three kilometres of pathways through golden fields of sunflowers at the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival. They have over 42 sunflower varieties spread out between three display gardens. They also have lots of dahlias, gladiolas, and wildflowers. Snap photos out in the fields or take pics at the designated photo spots which include vintage bikes, a windmill, swing sets, and more. You can buy cut flowers to take home, ice cream, and snacks, or grab a meal from the onsite food truck.

When: July 26 to September 6

Where: 41310 Royalwood Drive, Chilliwack

Tickets: ChilliwackSunflowerFest.com

Children on swings at the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

Photo: Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

 

 

By TARYN EYTON
Source Inside Vancouver

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