5 Impressive Displays of the Seasons in Vancouver

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For some time it seemed that Vancouver only had one season: rain. However, in recent years we’ve experienced high tides, low temperatures, downpours and heat waves. Mother Nature serves up a smorgasbord of natural phenomena that dazzle the senses.

5 Impressive Displays of the Seasons in Vancouver

King Tides at local beaches

Photo credit: PiscesDreamer

Photo credit: PiscesDreamer

These don’t happen every year but when they do, a Super Moon is usually the tell-tale sign that water levels will temporarily rise, spilling the contents of Burrard Inlet over onto Sea Wall paths in November or December.

Owls at Boundary Bay (and Eagles in Brackendale)

Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO

Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO

Birds are a sure sign of the seasons in Vancouver. Herons nesting in Stanley Park, Bald Eagles in Harrison and in Brackendale, and when the lovely Snowy Owls hunt at Boundary Bay in November and December.

Cherry blossoms

Bike the Blossoms - photo credit: Joseph Lin

Bike the Blossoms – photo credit: Joseph Lin

A photographer’s delight! Pink and plentiful puffs of blossoms adorn thousands of Vancouver’s cherry trees in April and early spring. When the blossoms have reached full bloom, the wind dances through the trees shaking the pink confetti all over the city, it’s a real party to welcome spring.

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

The Northern Lights happen at all times of year up north but when we have a streak of clear days, and atmospheric conditions are just right, you can spot this spectacular celestial wonder from Downtown Vancouver. In the summertime, if the Aurora doesn’t dip down our way, a gorgeous sunset off English Bay is a reasonable substitution.

Leaves Turning in Stanley Park

Photo credit: Julius Reque

Photo credit: Julius Reque

As we exchange our flip flops for gum boots, the trees lining local streets and groves in parks change their colours as leaves create a multicoloured tapestry on their branches and when they eventually tumble to the ground. Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, and VanDusen Botanical Garden are ideal for photo ops.

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