As many locals can attest, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, which happens every April, is the city’s unofficial harbinger of spring. The streets are vibrant as some 40,000 cherry blossoms bloom throughout the city. Activities include “Tree Talks & Walks,” guided tours through various cherry tree blooming neighbourhoods, and “Spring Lights and Illumination,” a mixed-media and experiential performance under the blossoms in Stanley Park.
If you prefer to view blossoms at your own pace, Queen Elizabeth Park boasts several varieties of cherry trees that bloom at different times so you have a large window for viewing. For a classic shot of the pink flowers, Stanley Park shouldn’t be missed—try the area by the Rose Garden. And VanDusen Botanical Garden has more than 100 cherry trees along with special activities, including the annual Sakura Days Japan Fair, part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.
Or, grab a bike and head down W. 22nd Avenue between Arbutus Street and Carnarvan Street, which is especially spectacular at sunset. And W.16th Avenue between Maple and Granville streets provides great juxtaposition of pretty pink against four lanes of traffic.