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…
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.
Let’s move on down the field and here, the tulip, Purple Flag, dominates the foreground.
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…
Looking down rows of Kees Nelis tulips.
Back to Mount Cheam. This North face has rarely been climbed. For hikers, an easier, less demanding route is approached from the South.
Not my camera but I thought this Nikon provided an interesting shot.
I really enjoy seeing the tulips that somehow made their way into rows they shouldn’t be. I’ll call them rebel tulips.
Looking toward the mountains to the North. On this visit, I couldn’t see Mount Cheam but the fields were at their peak.
The yellow Monte Carlo tulips along with a few rebels.
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.
Looking North on a fine day! Really love the two toned Kees Nelis.
A sea of purple (mostly).
Another favourite scene are the scattered tulips in the fields that are “resting” for the season.
Not on this particular day, but the festival can get very busy with hundreds (maybe thousands) visiting on a sunny weekend.
A rebel Kees Nelis among the Purple Flags.
This field doesn’t have a lot of undulation but it’s quite pretty when it rolls a bit.
One last view of Mount Cheam and the tulip fields on the perfect Spring day!
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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