It’s true that there are endless things to do in Vancouver and its surrounding areas, but this time of year, one activity stands higher than most. You definitely want to make time for the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival where you can enjoy endless rows of sunflowers!
The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival is located just off of Highway 1, approximately 1 to 1.5 hours drive from Vancouver. The festival is open from August 1 to September 15. You can roam around approximately 20 acres of the sunflower field and 3 acres of dahlias.
At the festival, you will be able to enjoy some food from food trucks in their outdoor picnic area or covered picnic area. They also have lawn games, murals, the Chilliwack Rotary Train, and the festival store where you can buy flowers, flower seeds, and sunflower merchandise.
The whole field is the perfect place to take selfies! They provide so many selfie opportunities, such as frames for selfies, swings, windmill, vintage Dutch bike, giant Dutch wooden shoe, and a little raised bridge that enables you to look over the field of sunflowers. If you are so extra like my friends and me, you can dress up, wear a big hat (you’ll need this because it can get really hot out there), and bring a bubble kit to blow your own bubbles :) These items allow you to pose in front of the sunflowers, while your friends can blow bubbles in your direction and take your photo. No filter needed.
Most of the time you don’t even need the selfie props the festival provides because the sunflowers were just amazingly beautiful! Some of them were even bigger than my face! You’ll see worker bees flying around the flowers so be careful not to disturb their work, but it isn’t hard to find a flower of your own where the bees won’t bother you.
Whether you’re looking for the latest Instagrammable photo op, or just looking to get outdoors and connect with nature and the sunshine, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival is sure to be enjoyable. I can’t wait to go back next year, and I’m sure that when the cold, rainy, fall and winter months arrive, I will be daydreaming about being out in that field once again.