A Rainbow of Colour – Tulips of the Valley Festival

January 22, 2015 — 19 Comments

One of my favourite ways to welcome Spring, the season of emergence and renewal, is by visiting the Tulips of the Valley Festival that takes place just East of Agassiz, British Columbia. If you time your visit right, you will have an amazing experience. However, having the ultimate visit takes a bit of luck and planning. Not only do you want the fields at their peak blooming period, but you want to be there before the flowers are harvested. Of course, weather plays an important part in your visit as late April can range from warm and sunny, to cold and stormy. I would recommend not going on a rainy day, but check the forecast for Agassiz as it could differ than the one for Vancouver.

This was on a cloudy day when the fields were beautiful with brilliant colours. If you’re lucky to have a clear, sunny day you will get to see…

hakuun Tulips Valley Festival Agassiz BC



majestic, snow-capped Mount Cheam. At an elevation of 2,100 meters, Mount Cheam or Cheam Peak dominates the skyline to the South, and with the fields of tulips, makes for some unforgettable views. The yellow and orange tulips in the foreground is Kees Nelis.

Mountain Cheam Kees Nelis Tulip fields canada



Let’s move on down the field and here, the tulip, Purple Flag, dominates the foreground.

Mount Cheam Purple Flag Tulip Canada
Let’s look the other way for a rainbow of colours with the pink Fox Trot tulips in front. You can’t help seeing power lines when facing to the West and North.

Fox Trot Tulips Valley Festival pink



Here, the white Hakuun tulips along with the red ones provide a “Canada” of colour. I wonder if the organizers ever thought about creating a red maple leaf in the middle of the white. Just a thought…

hakuun Tulips Valley festival



Looking down rows of Kees Nelis tulips.

Kees Nelis Tulip Valley Festival Canada Agassiz



Back to Mount Cheam. This North face has rarely been climbed. For hikers, an easier, less demanding route is approached from the South.

Mount Cheam Rainbow tulip fields



Not my camera but I thought this Nikon provided an interesting shot.

Kees Nelis Tulip Camera Valley Festival Agassiz



I really enjoy seeing the tulips that somehow made their way into rows they shouldn’t be. I’ll call them rebel tulips.

Mount Cheam White Hakuun Tulip Fields Valley



Looking toward the mountains to the North. On this visit, I couldn’t see Mount Cheam but the fields were at their peak.

Hakuun Purple flag Tulips Valley Festival Agassiz Canada



The yellow Monte Carlo tulips along with a few rebels.

Monte Carlo Yellow Tulip Valley Festival



I also enjoyed seeing the tulips that somehow survived the harvest only a day or two earlier. It was as if they ducked when the harvester / cutter came by and then popped back up with a smile.

Mount Cheam Verandi Tulips Valley Agassiz Canada



Kees Nelis Tulip Rainbow Valley Festival Canada



Mountain Cheam Purple Flag Tulips Valley Festival Agassiz



Looking North on a fine day! Really love the two toned Kees Nelis.

Kees Nelis Tulip Valley Festival



Kees Nelis Tulip Rows



 A sea of purple (mostly).

Purple Flag Tulips Valley Festival Agassiz Canada



Another favourite scene are the scattered tulips in the fields that are “resting” for the season.

Scattered tulips mountains Valley Agassiz



Not on this particular day, but the festival can get very busy with hundreds (maybe thousands) visiting on a sunny weekend.

Negrita Red Tulips Valley Festival Fraser



A rebel Kees Nelis among the Purple Flags.

Purple Flag Tulips Valley Festival



Kees Nelis Tulip Valley Festival Agassiz BC Canada



Leo Visser Tulip Rainbow Valley Festival Agassiz



This field doesn’t have a lot of undulation but it’s quite pretty when it rolls a bit.

Rainbow fields tulips canada



Pink tulips rainbow fields Valley



One last view of Mount Cheam and the tulip fields on the perfect Spring day!

Mount Cheam Negrita tulip Valley Festival


For over a year, I’ve been meaning to write a post chronicling my many trips to the Tulips of the Valley Festival and I finally did it! The website for the festival was down at time of writing but if you search “Tulips of the Valley” in April, you’ll find more information. This is the one close to Agassiz, British Columbia, Canada. I can’t wait to visit the festival again next Spring! 🙂

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Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


19 responses to A Rainbow of Colour – Tulips of the Valley Festival

  1. Very good collections

  2. I do appreciate flowers so I do enjoy your variety of rainbow colours at the tulips valley festival

  3. WOW!!! That is heart stopping view! Amazing pictures. I will love to visit “Tulips of the Valley Festival”. Wow definitely putting this in my bucket list! Thanks so much for shareing the pictures and information!

    Roxana Pierre-Louis

    • Thanks Roxana. There is another festival on the Washington State side of the border in the Skagit Valley. I haven’t been there for years but it’s quite beautiful too. No Mount Cheam, though. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. muna ghirmatsion January 26, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    u r so amaizing and creative phographer. u have a pretty impressive collection. who in the world would believe such places exist in our world? especially in my country, its almost paradise.
    u make keep wondering why don’t people appreciate nature , there is nothing more than that to me.
    thanks once again. ‘will be one of your biggest fans from today forward!!!!!!! God Bless U!

    • Awww…. thanks Muna. I think you’ll be my only fan. Glad you enjoyed my post. I like to keep the photos natural, as if you were right there. Please keep checking back on Camino My Way 🙂

  5. Oh, how I LOVE tulips! They are my very favorite flower. Seeing your beautiful photos made my day very happy (and I loved your “rebels” label). Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • Holly, I’m very glad to make your day happy. I’m really fond of any flowers that grace us in the Springtime. I admired the rebels as it takes a some swagger to stand out among the crowds, and compliment them too. All the best and please stop by Camino My Way again 🙂

  6. GLORIOUS is the best word I can think of to describe this, Randall. Thanks.

  7. 🙂 I must say, amazing photography. You got me turn green because I just got back from Holland, MI which is also celebrating the Tulip Festival and I couldn’t eye on these many rich coloured tulips, apparently.

    • Thanks so much. I haven’t been to Holland, MI yet but would love to visit. The photos I have seen look amazing. I sure enjoyed the local tulip festivals this year. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  8. Absolutely stunning! Tulips are my favorite flowers, these photos are so beautiful! Keep up the good work! you’re very talented.

  9. Heather Molesworth February 13, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Your beautiful tribute to tulips is amazing…. Thank you for the crisp color & fresh view of such a peaceful flower….

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