Well here we are in August and all the Sunflower fields are opening up. Due to the cold/wet start to the summer many fields are opening later than usual. But what is important is that most are opening. Unfortunately the floods of November 2021 and the extreme heat of Summer 2021 and cold/wet summer 2022 all have taken a toll on local crops. This has meant that some are unable to open this year. If you get a chance to get out and support the local farmers in any capacity, I am sure they would be very grateful.
UPDATED August 7,2022
Listed in Alphabetical order:
Campbells Gold Honey Farm and Meadery
2595 Lefeuvre Rd Abbotsford
Specializing in specialty honey and mead this farm has a patio where you can pre-book a 2hr time slot to enjoy some wine and/or a charcutterie (Thursday to Sunday). You can walk the flowers and shop area for FREE and sunflower stems are available for purchase $1 each or 6 for $5. (Note: this is 2021 pricing- unable to find updated info yet).
Monday to Wednesday: Closed Thursday & Friday: 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm CLOSED ALL STATUTORY HOLIDAYS
Chilliwack Sunflower Festival
4310 Yale Road Chilliwack
Opening August 10th and going until at least Labour day. Enjoy 5-8 acres of in-bloom sunflowers and dahlias. 42 varieties of sunflowers and 3km of pathways . There is an area for u-pick sunflowers as well as a store to purchase potted sunflowers, seeds, bulbs, and souvenirs. There will also be 1-2 food trucks on site and ample hand washing and hand sanitizing stations. There are lots of props set up in the fields for unique picture opportunities amongst the sunflowers. Open 10-6pm with visitors able to stay until 730pm. Purchase tickets ahead online. Weekend tickets range from $15 children/seniors and $20 adults, weekdays $10 children and $15 adults. Seasons passes are available for $70 per person. Children 2 and under are free. Save 20% by purchasing your tickets online.
2022 Review coming soon!
2021 Review: I was lucky to have been gifted the opportunity to check out the beautiful flower fields before they opened to the public. The fields were just starting to bloom, but there are rotating fields set to bloom at different times so that their season can last to around Labour Day. Dahlias were in full bloom and gladiolas were just about to start blooming during the first week of opening. The sunflower fields are off to the left hand side of the store this year. There are lots of varieties of sunflowers to check out from minis to giants and everything in between. There are about 7 sets of swings and several raised platforms as well as other photo props scattered throughout the fields. There were yard games out on the lawn for guests to play with. The playground was back open for kids. Chilliwack River Valley Honey is on site until Aug 15th with honey samples. The store was stocked with lots of fresh cut sunflowers and other gift items plus ice-cream and cold beverages. We got some amazing photos as always.
Cultus Lake Flower Fest
4215 Wilson Road Yarrow
APPEARS TO BE CLOSED FOR THE 2022 SEASON
I was gifted the opportunity to check out this newer festival. We decided to go check it out in the later evening to catch the sun setting on the fields – this is personally my favorite time to go! Immediately upon parking we got a very comfortable natural vibe about the place. We were greeted upon arrival by a very nice young man who checked our tickets and gave us some directions. He also let us know that he could pick us a bouquet of flowers from the garden ranging in price from $15-$30. We wandered around the stunning gardens and was so impressed by the selection of beautiful flowers and the smells from the lavender fields that I decided to get my daughter a bouquet, as her birthday was the next day. We continued walking into the sunflower fields and was mesmerized by all the varieties and the wildflowers mixed into the fields – it had a beautifully natural vibe about it. We ran into the owner, Jesse and had a wonderful little conversation about how it all started out as a hobby garden for his family to enjoy but how he realized he needed to share it with the rest of the world. He told us how he planted the sunflowers by hand and how much he loves doing it all. You could tell a lot of love and hard work went into it. We encountered some resident goats that made us laugh, especially Lydia (but as we called her, Firecracker). There were lawn games out to play with and picnic tables to sit and enjoy a picnic and the scenery. We were sure to pick up some freshly popped on site, Kettle corn too. It was a very tranquil and less commercial-like experience – we left feeling very happy and calm. We will definitely be back.
1356 Sumas Way Abbotsford
Eco-Dairy is a joint partnership with Science World. Offering demonstrations and showcasing innovative and sustainable dairy farm practices in a fun, educational way. Offering tours to meet cows and tour the facility. There is also a large outdoor space with gardens, picnic tables and an indoor and outdoor petting zoo. Sharing the grounds with Natures Pickens’ – a farm market. On site ice-cream stand is usually open. Grab and ice-cream and head to the back yard area to talk through the sunflowers and garden area.
Hales End Farms
14370 Hale Road Pitt Meadows
CLOSED FOR THE 2022 SEASON DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER BEING HARD ON THE CROPS
Lakeland Flowers Sunflower Festival
39171 No 4 Road Abbotsford
Lakeland opened on July 16th with 10 acres of u-pick sunflower fields. They are open 10am to 6pm daily and open till 8pm on Friday and Saturdays until Labour Day Weekend! Tickets can be purchased online and are available up to 5 days in advance. Children three and under are free. Tickets are $10 and each ticket includes five sunflower stems.
Maan Farms Sunflower Festival
790 McKenzie Road Abbotsford
Stay tuned for their 2022 Sunflower opening date.
There is always something happening at Maan Farms. From the backyard barnyard to corn mazes, goat yoga, estate winery, strawberries and sunflowers you can always find an event happening on site. Starting July 30th you can pre-book your sunflower festival tickets with the option to upgrade to the secret sunflower picnic. Dogs are allowed on specified days. Open 9am to 6pm. Tickets range from $12-$26 each. Kids 2 and under are free. Purchase your tickets online in advance to save money.
2022 Review coming soon!
I was gifted the opportunity to check out Maan Farms while they have their sunflower festival and corn maze going. We went during the day on a weekday, so it was fairly quiet. We always enjoy the play area with the zip line and bouncy pillow etc. My kids love the rabbits that run around free on the grounds. Since we had last been there, there were some newer things that we noticed. There was a new bathroom area out by outside concession. There were more pens with animals to see. The inside of the main store area has been rearranged but flows nicely. We enjoyed the daytime maze but managed to get through it quicker than I thought (which I thought was pretty amazing as we were following my 7 year old!). The sunflower patch has lots of props including old mirrors to take pics with. There is a really nice area where you can have a secret picnic in the sunflower patch. We had lunch from mama Maan’s kitchen and we picked big juicy strawberries in the fields too. We couldn’t leave without buying a honey bee icecream – it was delicious!
Taves Family Farm Sunflower Festival
333 Gladwin Road Abbotsford
The 2022 season is opening August 18th.
Another great all-round family fun spot is Taves Family Farm. Kids can play in the “Farmville” area and enjoy the goats all around the farm. They offer seasonal strawberry, goji berries and apple u-pick and a sunflower patch with some breathtaking views as you walk through the Fraser Valley sunflower trail. An estate cidery is on site as well – enjoy a cider while the kids play with the goats ! You can add donuts and apple cider slushies to your experience for an additional cost. Stay tuned for when tickets go on sale.
Richmond Sunflower Festival
12900 Steveston Hwy Richmond
Here you will find dahlias and 20 varieties of sunflowers on 15 acres. Enjoy the estate winery with a tasting room and patio in the heart of the sunflower patch. Props located throughout the patch to help make your pictures memorable. There is also a sunflower maze. The website states that they are dog-friendly. Opening date is August 13. They are open 10-6pm daily. Tickets are $10 each. Children under 3 are free. You can purchase tickets online or at the door.
VanDusen Botanical Gardens
5151 Oak Street Vancouver
VanDusen is not known for its sunflowers, but last year when we went there we were pleasantly surprised to stumble on their sunflower patch over near the maze area if I recall. There is lots to see and do at VanDusen with all the beautiful gardens. Open 10am to 5pm daily. Children 4 and under are free. Tickets range from $5.85 to $11.70 each Reserve your tickets online.
Did I miss any? If you know of a sunflower patch that I missed, send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details!