Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival April 3rd – 28th

Photo credit: Debojit Dhar | Flickr

Spring is here! And so are Vancouver’s cherry blossoms. Every year, Vancouverites eagerly anticipate the blooming of the city’s 40,000 cherry trees. The blooming period, usually between late March and the end of April, signals the arrival of spring, covering the city in a wave of pink petals. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival marks the period and celebrates the beauty of Vancouver’s cherry trees with a celebration of all things spring.

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival began in 2006. As many of Vancouver’s cherry trees originated as gifts from Japan, the Festival began as a way to express gratitude for the gift and to celebrate the beauty and joy the cherry blossoms bring to the city. Since 2006, the Festival has marked the occasion with educational programs, musical performances, and fine art and craft exhibitions. The Festival’s mission is simple: “To sustain & renew Vancouver’s cherry tree heritage, while educating and actively engaging diverse communities in local arts and culture to celebrate the fragile beauty of the iconic Cherry Blossom.”

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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival April 3rd – 28th

The Questions We Ask

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In the spring of 2013, Canadian adventurer Bruce Kirkby crossed the Georgia Straight from Vancouver to Victoria on an inflatable standup paddleboard. In this award-winning short film, he contemplates the true meaning of adventure.

“Last summer I paddled a standup paddleboard (SUP) from Vancouver to Victoria — a journey of 150 kilometres and 5 days — and convinced young filmmaker Kalum Ko to take a week off high school and tag along.

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The Questions We Ask

Spring Skiing on the Vancouver Mountains Begins

Cypress2014-17After a challenging season for Vancouver ski mountains, the snow has finally arrived – better late than never. March is serving up some of the best conditions of the year, and ski and snowboard fans are betting on a solid April.  I decided to check out the “spring skiing” vibe at Cypress over the weekend.

Well, I guess it wasn’t exactly spring skiing.  No one was in a t-shirt, let alone a bikini top.  But the sun was shining under a blue sky on Cypress Mountain and the temperature at the base was a balmy 5 degrees.  Better still, the mountain had been dumped with 8 centimetres of fresh snow in the last 24 hours.

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Spring Skiing on the Vancouver Mountains Begins

48 Hours in Vancouver for Scenic Viewpoints

Photo credit: Lilian Sue

Photo credit: Lilian Sue

48 Hours in Vancouver is a weekly series appearing on the Inside Vancouver blog featuring photos and information on interest-based itineraries such as food/wine, arts & culture and luxury travel; helping visitors plan the best Vancouver trip possible based on what they love. Today’s feature focuses on scenic viewpoints that showcase the Vancouver travelers think they know-and a few that they don’t.

What You’ll Need to Go on a Scenic Exploration
• A vehicle (rented or your own)
• GPS/Map
• A good quality camera (Doesn’t necessarily have to be an SLR, but should have a good zoom function)
• A tripod (to make it easier for panoramic shots)
• A picnic lunch
• A swim suit
• Good quality hiking boots/walking shoes (You’ll be doing a lot of walking)

Day One

Mid-Morning to Early Afternoon 11am to 1 pm

View of False Creek from Charleson Park. Photo Credit: Vancouver Park Board

View of False Creek from Charleson Park. Photo Credit: Vancouver Park Board

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Start your day off after breakfast in a Vancouver viewpoint not even many locals know about. Located on 999 Charleson Street and a mere 6 minutes from the downtown core is a hidden gem in the Charleson neighborhood. Charleson Park gives you amazing views of False Creek and Downtown Vancouver without having to deal with the crowds across the way at David Lam Park.

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48 Hours in Vancouver for Scenic Viewpoints

Night Quest 2014: Celebrating Nocturnal Animals in Their Natural Habitat

Night Quest Vancouver 2014

Image courtesy of Metro Vancouver

Night Quest was started over 20 years ago in Pacific Spirit Park as a celebration of the park’s birthday, as well as a recognition of the nocturnal animals that call Vancouver home. It’s a great nighttime activity for both adults and kids who want to escape from the bright lights of the city, and celebrate the more natural things in life.

This Saturday, March 22nd, Night Quest 2014 will be taking place at Pacific Spirit Regional Park, at the 16th Avenue entrance (400 metres west of Blanca Street). The nighttime event offers a variety of different areas and entertainment to discover, run by volunteers, girl guides, and scout troupes. At the entrance to the park, you can feast on homemade goodies and hot chocolate, warm your hands over a roaring bonfire, or marvel at the roving stilt walkers.

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Night Quest 2014: Celebrating Nocturnal Animals in Their Natural Habitat