Spring arrives in Abbotsford always along with the Bloom Tulip Festival. From early April to early May this colorful festival features over 40 varieties of tulips. Visitors are roaming through rows of pink, yellow, red, and orange tulips—2.5 million bulbs are covering 4 ha (10 acres) of fields.
Stunning flowers next to picturesque mountains and farmland present great photo opportunities. Festival organizers also provide tulip crown photo ops and photo booths.
The founder of the tulip farm was Peter Warmerdam who immigrated from the Netherlands in 1950. Due to his Dutch heritage and farming experience, he didn't hesitate about what to do—so he grew flowers! The man grew daffodils, peonies, and tulips. Then his granddaughter Alexis Warmerdam came up with the idea for the Abbotsford Tulip Festival. It took place for the first time in 2016. About 90,000 people visit it every year.
You can pack a picnic basket with you or try the snacks from food trucks on-site and enjoy a meal at an enclosed picnic area. Other activities include U-pick tulips, bouquet sales, and games for children.