5 Reasons to Make the Roadtrip to the Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Image from fred zhang | Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

Aside from the cherry blossoms, a sure sign that spring is here in Vancouver is the start of the hugely popular Abbotsford Tulip Festival in the Fraser Valley. On April 9th, the festival will open for their Low Bloom soft launch.

Throughout April and May, thousands of people flock to the tulip fields to enjoy the breathtaking display of colour along with other eye-catching activities in the field. The Abbotsford Tulip Festival takes place along the Trans-Canada Highway, about an hour’s drive from Vancouver. Need a few reasons to make the trip to the Tulip Festival? We have five below!

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5 Reasons to Make the Roadtrip to the Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Community, Culture & Competition – You have entered the Dragon Zone!

Photo: Dragon Zone Paddling Club

From the moment I dipped my paddle into the waters of Ontario’s Algonquin Park, I was hooked! With each stroke, I travelled further away from civilization and deeper into the backcountry.  Immersing myself in the beauty of nature, it was an eye-opening and life-changing experience. From the seat of my canoe, I tested myself both physically and mentally as I battled headwinds, self-doubt and inner fears. It has been years since that first expedition, and since that time my love affair with paddling has only deepened. From kayaking to paddleboarding, if the sport involves water and a paddle you can count me in! Always searching for new, unique and challenging paddling opportunities, you can imagine my delight upon hearing the beat of the drums in False Creek!

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Community, Culture & Competition – You have entered the Dragon Zone!

People Amongst the People in Stanley Park

Photo: Flickr G.S. Matthews

Standing in silence, gazing up at the magnificent Totem Poles located in the heart of Stanley Park, I was thankful for the chilly, misty day. The moody weather served to keep the crowds away, and I found myself alone amongst the poles at Brockton Point. Easily one of our city’s most frequented tourist attractions, it is extremely unusual to be standing solo amongst these magnificent, historical pieces. Masterfully crafted, each intricate pole tells a unique and compelling story. Captivated, I took my time and carefully studied the poles.

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People Amongst the People in Stanley Park

These are a few of my favourite things – Spring in Vancouver

Spring in Vancouver Photo: Rob Weiss

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.” Perhaps Maria, from The Sound of Music missed Vancouver in the spring? Personally, I would suggest spring in our fair city is chock a block full of favourite things. Like a blank canvas waiting for paint, Vancouver evolves out of the grey, dark, misty winter with a blast of colour. As we celebrate the well earned, and yearned for, first day of spring, I would like to share with you a list of my favourite things.

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These are a few of my favourite things – Spring in Vancouver

It’s All Downhill From Here – Mountain Biking on Vancouver’s North Shore

Photo courtesy of NSMBA Peter Lonergan Mount Seymour

While skiers and boarders passionately carve out every last turn on the North Shore, local mountain bike enthusiasts are watching the ever-rising snow level with bated breath! Yes, spring is in the air, and with that comes the ever popular Mountain Biking season. The change of seasons means outdoor enthusiasts are trading in their boards for wheels and migrating to the extensive trail system on Mount Fromme, Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour.

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It’s All Downhill From Here – Mountain Biking on Vancouver’s North Shore

A Fishy Story in Stanley Park

Photo: Rob Weiss

An epic and timeless battle plays out in annually in our beautiful province. From late summer until early winter salmon valiantly fight their way back from the ocean to their home rivers where they first hatched. Without a doubt, this is the stuff of legends and folklore! It is difficult to articulate the impact a single fish has had on the people of BC, but suffice it to say the salmon run is unquestionably a marvel of nature.

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A Fishy Story in Stanley Park

On Belay! – 2018 Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show

Dream big! Ignite your passion for the outdoors at the 2018 Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show. BC’s largest showcase of outdoor gear and adventure travel experiences comes to the Vancouver Convention Centre, March 3rd and 4th. Whether you are a paddling enthusiast, a scuba diver, a nature photographer, a hardy road cyclist or someone seeking an adventure travel destination, the Outdoor Show is guaranteed to capture your imagination.

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On Belay! – 2018 Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show