by Taryn Eyton
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 2022 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.
- Some festivals allow dogs on leash. Check websites for details.
- Leave your drone at home. Transport Canada regulations prohibit drones at all festival sites.
VanDusen Botanical Garden
With blooms from around the world, VanDusen Garden is a gorgeous destination all summer long. In August and early September, head to the Alma VanDusen Garden Meadow on the west side of the gardens near the maze to see giant sunflowers blooming alongside daisy-like cosmos and other wildflowers.
When: August and early September
Where: 5151 Oak Street, Vancouver
Tickets and More Info: VanDusenGarden.org
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.
When: August 13 to September 5
Where: 12900 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Taves Family Farms
Taves Family Farm is famous for its Applebarn and u-pick berries. But it’s also worth stopping by in August to visit their gorgeous sunflower patch. They grow six varieties of sunflowers. As you wander amongst the blooms, look for the gazebo, bridge, hidden gnomes, and zen fountain. The Taves Estate Cidery will also be hosting a series of Sunflower Sip n’ Stroll events that combine cider tasting and sunflower photo ops at sunset.
When: August 13 to August 29
Where: 333 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford
Tickets and More Info: TavesFamilyFarms.com
While it started as a tulip farm, today Lakeland Flowers grows millions of gorgeous daffodils, tulips, peonies, and sunflowers. Visit in late summer to enjoy the incredible displays of sunflowers. There are multiple varieties spread across ten fields. Don’t miss a photo op with the vintage bikes. Your admission ticket also includes a small bunch of sunflowers to take home.
When: July 16 to Labour Day Weekend
Where: 39171 No 4 Road, Abbotsford, BC
Tickets and More Info: LakelandFlowers.ca
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: August 10 to September 5
Where: 41310 Royalwood Drive, Chilliwack
Tickets and More Info: ChilliwackSunflowerFest.com
Campbell’s Gold Honey
These sunflowers have an important job: providing nectar and pollen for the bees that make Campbell’s Gold Honey. Visit the farm to learn about all things honey and take a wander through the sunflower patch. You can purchase honey, mead, and cut sunflowers too.
When: Throughout August
Where: 2595 Lefeuvre Road, Abbotsford
More Info: CampbellsGold.com
Blog courtesy InsideVancouver.ca