The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival attracts crowds south of the border but in our own backyard, the Tulips of the Valley Festival paints Agassiz with all the colours of the season. Opening April 17, 2013 the festival here only lasts as long as the blooms, which is about 2 weeks. Tulips will cover over 40 acres of land and admirers can purchase bulbs of these Canadian-grown beauties surrounded by mountain views.
To get to the Tulips of the Valley Festival, you can park at Seabird Gasbar on Chowat Road off Highway 7. Parking cost is separate from entrance fees for the fields. Once parked, the fiels are more than a 500 meter walk from the lot so be prepared for the trek (and to wander the 40 acres of tulips).
The festival will be open Wednesday to Friday 12:00pm to 4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm, and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission will be $3 for adults, $2.50 for seniors or groups of 10 or more. Kids 12 and under are free.
For bulb purchases you can stop by the Tulip Stand at 1694 Tranmer Road in Agassiz, which is open now from dawn to dusk daily until Mother’s Day 2013. Purchase fresh-cut tulips and potted hyacinths.
The festival is also along the Circle Farm Tour in Agassiz so you can spend a full day in the region picking up fresh herbs, cheeses, hazelnuts, and more — all grown here.