Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
Easy-peasy. It’s just straight drive along Hwy 1. Our fields are located right off the highway, in Chilliwack, BC. Take exit 109 (Yale Road West exit) and in less than a minute you’ll arrive at 41310 Yale Road. See our Plan Your Trip page for detailed directions.
(There’s also an alternate access via Exit 116 and return via Yale Rd West. And for driveway access onto the fields, take Royalwood Ave.)
How much does it cost?
Less than a boring movie and dinner, more than a dollar store. No, really. We want to be inclusive of all, so we keep our prices reasonable. We also offer discounts for buying tickets online.
What is the cost of parking?
A smile…because parking is free! Whether you’re in a tour bus, truck, car, bike, moped, or motorcycle. Whatever you take to come down here, we have plenty of free parking for all, available all week long!
What are your hours of operation?
We’re open seven days a week during sunflower season.
Aug 1-18 Monday – Friday 10am – 8pm Saturday / Sunday and holidays 9am – 8pm
Aug 19-Sept 2 Monday – Friday 10am – 7pm Saturday / Sunday and holidays 9am – 7pm
Sunrise Openings on Friday / Saturday / Sunday for an additional fee starting Aug 9-Sept 1 only.
How far are the fields from parking?
We try to make it easy on all our guests by providing parking right next to our fields.
Is there handicap parking?
Sunflowers are a special sight that everyone should be able to enjoy! So, we provide handicap parking on a gravel area right next to our fields. The area is marked with the handicap decal. Spaces are limited, so if you require an area to unload wheelchairs and walkers, we urge you to come early, especially on weekends.
What about field accessibility?
The great news is, on a dry day, it should be possible to manage on our grass pathways throughout the fields. It’s best to keep your visit to non-rainy days, if using a wheelchair, walker, or if you have difficulty walking. We also have a covered viewing area for those who are less mobile; there you can sit and enjoy a coffee and a snack, while taking in a beautiful panoramic view of our sunflowers.
Can I walk over the entire field?
There are more than enough walkways for you to get lost in while wandering through our sunflower fields. And although we use the stalks and blooms for silage and animal feed at the end of the season, we still want everyone to be able to enjoy their beauty during the festival, so we ask that you be respectful of the fields and flowers while walking through them.
Can we purchase bulbs at your fields?
Yes, of course. We’re big into bulbs! We sell Canadian-grown tulip bulbs and daffodil bulbs, direct from our fields.
Look for some of these other items, available at our store:
• Fresh-cut Sunflowers, Tulip and daffodil bulbs
• Postcards/photo cards
• Handmade paracord bracelets
• Sunflower seeds for your garden
• Sunflower-inspired gifts with a Van Gogh theme
What type of flowers can you see in the fields?
Sunflowers for sure… otherwise it wouldn’t be much of a sunflower fest, would it? We feature almost 17 acres of sunflowers in 35 different varieties, as well as 3 acres of beautiful Dahlias in 54 varieties!
How long has the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival been in operation?
We’re just a young thing. Although we’ve been running the Chilliwack Tulip Festival since 2006, we only decided to grow sunflowers recently. We planted our fields at the end of May 2018 and we first opened in August 2018.
Are the sunflowers just grown for the festival?
Yes! The sunflowers are grown specifically for the festival and once the season is over, the stalks and blooms are used for silage and animal feed.
How big are your fields?
We have close to 20 acres of sunflowers on our farm. That’s a whole lot of beautiful blooms to enjoy!
Do you pick the flowers in your fields?
We don’t, but you can! Grab a pair of clippers from our u-pick area and venture out into our special u-pick field to find yourself the perfect Sunrich sunflower to take home.
Are there kid-friendly activities at the festival?
We wouldn’t forget the kiddos. We have something for everyone! We want to make this an exciting and educational experience for all, with a little taste of what goes on in a working farm.
Will other activities be offered at the festival?
You probably want to know if we have more than flowers? Yes, those fields of sunflowers and Dahlias are the stars of the show, but we also have lots of other things to check out while you’re here. See our About the Festival page for more details.
Can I buy food on site?
We wouldn’t want you to have to drive somewhere to grab a bite to eat. We want you to feel free to spend as much time at the fields as you wish. So yes, on weekdays, we will have 1-2 food trucks on site, and 3-5 food trucks on weekends and holidays.
Can we bring our own food?
Want to surround yourself with sunflowers while you eat? We don’t blame you. That’s one of our favourite summer pastimes. We do reserve our tables and chairs for those purchasing their food from our participating food trucks. But, you’re more than welcome to bring your own food and sit on a bench, or on our grass lawn (we suggest you bring a blanket). No BBQs or gas stoves are permitted on site.
Will there be places to sit and get out of the weather?
If it should rain, and in BC that’s always a possibility, we’ve got you covered – literally. There’s no need to skip the fields. We will have a couple of covered areas in case of rain, or too much sun. We’ll also have several benches set up around the fields, so you can take a rest when needed, or for photo opportunities, if the mood should strike.
How should I dress?
We wouldn’t recommend expensive heels or your Sunday best. Anything that might not go well with a little dirt, you might want to leave at home. We are a farm and you will be walking in dirt fields. And though we do our best to ensure there are some areas that remain clean and dry, most of our pathways are dirt and can get muddy on wet days.
We advise you to bring the following:
• Gumboots or good walking shoes/boots – that way, rain or shine, you’re prepared for all weather conditions. Forgot to bring a pair? No worries. We have disposable booties available, for those exceptionally wet days.
• An umbrella, or something with a hood, in case it rains.
• A rain jacket, to keep you warm and toasty as you stroll the fields. And layering clothes is always a good option, so you can remove items if it gets hot, or add them in if it’s a bit chilly.
Do you have bathrooms?
Well, we don’t want you squatting in the sunflowers, so we have ample, regularly serviced, portable toilets on site, with some handicap stalls and several hand-wash stations.
Are we allowed to bring our dog?
We love dogs! We’re big pet people. And we always set up a doggie drink station near the bathrooms. We only ask that you keep your four-legged friend on a leash and please pick up after them, as we don’t want to make a mess for others to step in.
We want to keep the air clean for all our visitors, so please, no smoking at the fields or in our parking lots. We also ask that you refrain from vaping, as some people have sensitivities to the propellants in these products.
What methods of payment do you accept?
At one point in history, you could pay your way in bulbs (no kidding, it’s true!). But it’s cash and credit cards for us, both at our entrance and store. To save some money, why not pre-purchase your tickets online for a reduced rate?
Do you provide refunds?
Sorry, tickets are non-refundable.
Are drones allowed?
Due to Canada Transport Guidelines, drones are not allowed on our fields.