For the past few years, frolicking through the tulip fields in Abbotsford has been at the top of my bucket list. This year, I turned this dream into a reality by taking along my friend and turning it into the most fabulous girl’s weekend. Here is everything you need to know to plan your vacation to Tulip Festival, along with all the beautiful photos and video!
“Bloom where you are planted.”
Abbotsford, British Columbia
British Columbia is known for it’s rolling mountains and lush greenery making it the best province to really appreciate spring in all its beauty. Abbotsford is located about 45 minutes from the major metropolitan city of Vancouver. It’s easily accessible as it is right on the #1 Trans Canada Highway and they also have a small international airport. I couldn’t think of a better person to bring along on this trip than my friend and talented photographer, Kaley! It was about an hour flight from Calgary for us and we were only 15 minutes from our wonderful boutique hotel: The Brookside Inn. I’ll be talking more about this hotel in my next blog post!
Bloom: Abbotsford Tulip Festival
Timing can be tricky if you are planning a trip here from out of town. It depends if you are hoping for low bloom or high bloom. Low bloom is less busy and takes place when the tulips have not fully opened. High bloom occurs when there is the most colour in the fields but with that comes lots of tourists. Because I was hoping for loads of colour, we planned for high bloom. Kaley and I got so lucky, we had a beautiful sunny day and the tulips had just hit high bloom. The festival is open from April 9th until May 13th. Tickets are released on a weekly basis and will cost you anywhere from $2 to $30 depending on the day of the week and the time of day. To save some money, purchase your tickets online before you go.
I wanted to capture the full experience through video. I posted so many videos to my Instagram Stories but since they only last 24 hours, it was necessary to create something that would last a lifetime!
We wanted to experience it in the plain sun and at sunset so I’m included both sets of photos for you to see the difference. I could not get enough and could have gone back the second day, it was just so stunning. Everywhere I looked was a new angle of beauty and another photograph that I wanted to capture to keep forever. If you’re looking for darker greens and a white sky, try sunset. I would advise that you shoot with a good, DSLR camera so that you can adjust your settings for low light. The last tickets can be purchased by 7:30 pm, and we stayed until almost 9 taking these photos. Kaley’s photography skills were just amazing in that lighting! Another bonus is that it is much less crowded, allowing you to get photos without others in the way!
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