Pack your camera bag! The Fraser Valley Sunflower Trail is back in BC’s Fraser Valley.
Bursting with vibrant yellows and hues of orange the happiest of flowers are back to brighten your day again this summer. Get ready to stroll through endless rows of cheer-worthy blooms that will leave you simply in awe.
Are you ready to experience the sunniest of seasons? From itty-bitty palm-sized to sky-soaring Mammoths, the Fraser Valley is your go-to place this summer to get your sunflower fix and some!
Here are the locations that will take you along the Fraser Valley Sunflower Trail:
In the quest for the perfect selfie, one must travel the distance and go to great lengths, especially if it involves sunflowers. Thankfully, there’s a spot in Chilliwack where you can go for just that.
Back for the second year in a row, the fun takes place from August 1st through to September 15th at the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival. With close to 20-acres of beautiful blooming sunflowers in 35 different varieties, it’s the only festival of its kind in BC and surely a sight to see! Stroll through pathways of 12 to 15-foot Mammoth Grey Stripes or get up close and personal with the 6-8-foot Sunrich sunflowers. Plus, this year a new addition of 54 varieties of dahlias and a field of u-pick Chilliwack corn are available for guests to experience.
As always, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival provides visitors with countless photo opportunities and props such as an operational windmill, vintage bicycle, face cut-outs, and plenty more ‘selfie’ spots. If you visit on a weekend you can get a free ride through the fields. Did we mention besides the cool photo opps there are games taking place? Bring out your competitive side with a game of “giant” Jenga, Yardzee, tic-tac-toe, checkers and more.
Cap off the day with cold drinks, ice cream or sweet treats in the special covered area where food trucks will be on-site daily. Don’t forget to pick your own batch of sunflowers on the way out or snag a sunflower-inspired gift so you can bring the feels and essence of the field back home with you!
Minter Country Gardens | The Fraser Valley Sunflower Trail
Minter Country Garden is ‘Where Great Gardens Begin’! If you haven’t heard of this garden centre, located in Chilliwack – you’re missing out! There is so much to see and do, all year long, especially during sunflower season.
Family owned and operated since 1957, Minter Gardening is your one-stop shop for the highest quality home-grown and locally sourced plants, as well as the coolest and newest plant introductions around the world. During the Sunflower Festival, Minter Gardening Store will be selling specialty sunflower bouquets that are available to order. Call ahead to book or simply stop by the store to pick up your specialty bouquet to bring home.
If you do plan on stopping by, make sure to also check out the awesome home and garden décor, trendy ladies’ fashions, browse through the tea and vintage décor shop or grab a light meal at the Cultivate café!
Old Yale Brewing | The Fraser Valley Sunflower Trail
Nothing says summer quite like sunflowers does it? Well, Old Yale Brewing, a craft brewery based in Chilliwack, decided to celebrate the beautiful summer season with an offering of their own. In partnership with the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival, together they have brewed the ultimate summertime beer – the Chilliwack Sunflower Saison!
Hand-crafted with malted Sunflower seeds, this Saison is a celebration of the beautiful fields, mountain views and the towering sunflowers at the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival. This beer has an earthy, herbal and grassy character that compliments the rustic and subtly spicy flavour from the Belgian Saison yeast. Experience the sunniest of Saison!
The Chilliwack Sunflower Saison is available exclusively on tap at the Old Yale Brewing and is extremely limited, so make sure to get a taste while supplies last. Cheers!
By now, we’re sure you’re eager to head to any of these stops to get your sunflower fix! What are you waiting for? The sunflower fields are only open for a limited time (typically till mid-September). Make sure to get your sunflower Insta pics in now before it’s too late!
Taves Family Farm – “The Patch” & Applebarn Offerings
One of our favourite stops along The Fraser Valley Sunflower Trail is Taves Family Farms! What started nearly 30 years ago, Taves Family Farm and the Applebarn are once again bringing the ultimate family farm-fun experience this summer season. From farm animals, pony and hayrides, to fresh and slushie cider, Taves only keeps adding on the fun! As of August 16th, all the Applebarns offerings including their newest attraction, the sunflower patch is open for business!
Guests can either take a hayride to the Sunflower Patch or enjoy a short 5-minute saunter to the fields where you’ll pass rows and rows of different apple varieties. Spanning over a 1/4 acre and pollinated by local bees, these vibrant yellow flowers are bringing a little extra sun to the farm. The main sunflower varieties you’ll find are Mardi Grass, Ring of Fire, Autumn Beauty, and Dwarf Sunspot.
Sunflower ‘Border’ at Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery
Next stop on the Fraser Valley Sunflower Trail is serving up some buzzworthy business, Campbell’s Honey Farm and Meadery are giving visitors much more than a taste of honey this season. Although not as vast as some of the neighbouring fields, this quaint farm and Meadery looks to welcome visitors in to see their beautiful sunflower border that has been planted just for the bees.
Mike and Judy Campbell owners of the 8-acre farm, including an apiary, offer off-farm honeybee pollination services to local growers with a focus on honey and honey wine (mead) production. The country store which first opened back in 2007, has provided a space for locals to buy various honeys, honey wines, beeswax soaps, candles, polishes, and much more.
Be sure to stop by to get your fix for ‘all things honey’ and then cap off your sweet visit by taking a meander around the gardens. Who knows, maybe you’ll ‘bee’ lucky enough to see these busy hive workers in actions.
Maan Farms – Abbotsford Sunflower Festival & Country Experience
From August 16th to September 1st, Maan Farms will be hosting the Abbotsford Sunflower Festival.
This brand-new event will feature plenty of opportunities to capture your ideal Instagram-worthy shots. There will also be a premium U-Pick sunflower field where guests have the option to snip their own flowers to take home and enjoy.
Once you’re done frolicking in the sun, grab a wine tasting flight and some of Mama Maan’s flavorful Indian dishes and treats, including the infamous butter chicken, samosas and their newest menu item tornado potatoes!
Your admission also includes everything that Mann Farms has to offer including their Petting Zoo, Barnyard Adventure Land, Jumping Pillow, Giant Play Fort, and their Tire Crawl. Talk about the perfect day out!
Eco Dairy | The Fraser Valley Sunflower Trail
Bringing the family along the Fraser Valley Sunflower Trial? The Eco Dairy located in Abbotsford just off Highway 1, at the Sumas exit is situated on 80-acres of lush farmland with gorgeous views of Mt. Baker and is the first demonstration farm of its kind in all of Canada. Offering a unique and interactive learning environment for kids, the Eco Dairy experience has been developed in partnership with Science World British Columbia, the province’s leading science and technology education facility.
Visitors alike have the option of going to the back fields to pick a pint of blackberries or blueberries and then wander across a bridge that takes you over to a half-acre sunflower field, perfect for pictures! Let your kids get lost in the magic of science and nature all in one afternoon!
Finally, after a day full of sunny experiences why not cap it off with a true taste of summer?