The Chilliwack Tulip Festival
The Chilliwack Tulip Festival is you guessed it, a big old farm filled with SO MANY TULIPS, it is utterly amazing! My good friend and fellow blogger/calligrapher/boss babe, female entrepreneur, Bev (http://handletteredlove.com/), and I spent an evening exploring the 20 acres of 6 million (with over 30 different varieties) tulips. This festival is the BIGGEST tulip festival in Western Canada, and just a short drive away from Pitt Meadows, making it an ideal photoshoot/date night/frolic about and get some new insta worthy photos place to go!
Here are some of my biggest tips to help you get awesome photos at this springtime Fraser Valley tulip festival:
Time/Hours of Operation
You’ll want to ensure that you check what time this festival opens and closes BEFORE you arrive at the festival. Bev and I planned on coming for sunset, but due to an accident on Hwy 1, the entire highway was bumper to bumper traffic, leaving us arriving AFTER the closing time at this festival. After a panic filled phone call to the staff at the Chilliwack Tulip Festival, they were so generous in letting us stay a bit after the closing time, which gave us the entire field to ourselves and allowed us to get the photos we needed (especially given that we had driven over an hour to get here).
The fields at the tulip festival are MUDDY, this is a working farm and pathways around the property can get pretty rough after a rainy day. I highly suggest you bring two pairs of shoes, one for walking around in (rubber boots or an old pair of converse work great), and one pair for your photos that you don’t mind getting a little dirty (darker colours work great here). Speaking of walking, make sure you respect the property by not walking on any areas of the property that is clearly not permitted and potentially hurting the future plants/baby flowers.
The festival has a store on site that sells bunches of tulips, these make the perfect props for your photos, which personally I find it really nice to hold something while I’m getting my photo taken so I can focus more on the camera and less on what my arms/hands are doing.
There’s also this amazing giant wooden swing set at the festival that you’ll definitely want to take advantage of, which was such a nostalgic experience and as soon as I started swinging on it made me feel like I was 10 years old again.
Check the weather forecast before you plan on attending the festival. If it’s going to be raining, that means A WHOLE lot of mud, slipping and sliding around. However, rain does mean less crowds, giving you more access to different parts of the fields and tulips, and a nice overcast day really photographs well. If it’s going to be sunny, you’ll want to avoid snapping photos in the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest and harshest, there’s really not a lot of shade at the Chilliwack tulip festival, so shooting at either early morning, or late in the afternoon is best.
Make a Date Night out of the Festival
The property is pretty much the perfect place to set up a little charcuterie board picnic situation for you and your sweetheart. After you’ve thoroughly explored and taken your hearts fill of photos with the millions of tulips, pop down on the grass with a blanket, have a picnic (or grab some stroop waffles from one of the Food Trucks that are set up at this festival), cozy up and people watch.
I hope you enjoyed these tips for getting the best selfies at the Chilliwack Tulip Festival!