Your Spring 2023 Vancouver Outdoors Bucket List

A woman looks at cherry blossoms in Vancouver

Queen Elizabeth Park. Photo: Tourism Vancouver/Jason Lee Wang

Vancouver is resplendent in spring as the flowers bloom and the winter’s grey skies give way to sunshine. It’s a great time to be outside. Here are 15 Vancouver outdoor activities you should try in spring 2023.


See the Cherry Blossoms

Did you know that Vancouver has over 40,000 cherry trees? Each year, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the season with walking tours and other events. Use our guide to find the best places to take cherry blossom photos. You can also bike to cherry blossoms.

Cherry blossoms in front of the Vancouver skyline

Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Vision Photography


Go Spring Skiing or Snowboarding

It might be spring in the city, but it’s still winter in the mountains. Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour, and Cypress Mountain on the North Shore are usually open until the end of March or early April, but if the snow lingers, they may be open even longer. Whistler Blackcomb plans to stay open until May 22, 2023.

Taking a ski lesson on Grouse Mountain

Ski lessons on Grouse Mountain. Photo: Tourism Vancouver/Grouse Mountain


Visit a Farmers’ Market

Warmer weather signals the return of Vancouver’s farmers’ markets. Browse through the stalls to find locally grown produce, baked goods, and prepared foods like jams and beverages. Most markets re-open in April and May.

Vegetables at a farmers' market

Photo: Shelley Pauls/Unsplash


Go on a Bike Ride

With warmer weather, it’s the perfect time to go for a spin around the city. The Stanley Park seawall is the city’s best-known bike route (and perhaps its most beautiful), but there are tons of other places for easy bike rides around Vancouver, and lots of car-free places to bike.

Two people e-biking on the Coal Harbour Seawall in Vancouver

Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Hubert Kang


Explore the Urban Wilderness

Vancouver is home to dozens of parks that make great nature escapes from the hustle and bustle of the city. In the spring we recommend Capilano River Regional Park, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, and Lighthouse Park. Or dig into our Park of the Month archives to discover even more urban wilderness parks.

Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park. Photo: Destination BC/Tom Ryan


Go Whale Watching

Whale watching season in Vancouver runs from March to October. You can spot killer whales (also known as orcas) as well as humpback, grey, and minke whales. You also have a good chance of seeing seals, sea lions, river otters, porpoises, eagles, and lots of water birds.

Whale watching near Vancouver

Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Prince of Whales Whale Watching


Visit a Garden

Vancouver is home to over twenty gorgeous gardens that are spectacular in spring. From sprawling show gardens to community-oriented rose gardens, there’s something for everyone. Use our guide to Vancouver’s gardens to find one near you.

VanDusen Garden. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver/Sombilon Studios


Take a Hike

While snow lingers on the peaks, Vancouverites are busy hiking on the lower slopes. Some of our spring picks include Seymour River and Lynn Creek Loop, Cypress Falls, and Cascade Falls. Or use lists of spring hikes or rainy day hikes to pick a trail. And read our list of tips for safe spring hiking to ensure you are prepared before you go.

Cascade Falls and suspension bridge in Mission near Vancouver

Cascade Falls suspension bridge. Photo: Taryn Eyton/


Go Forest Bathing

Forest bathing is a form of Japanese nature meditation that involves sitting or slowly walking in nature while being mindful of what you see, hear, smell, and touch. Scientific research shows that spending time forest bathing can lower stress, increase mood, and reduce fatigue. Use our list of the best forest bathing spots around Vancouver to try it out.

A close up of a hemlock branch in Mount Seymour Provincial Park

Photo: Julien Kettmann/Unsplash


Take Incredible Spring Photos

Vancouver is a colourful place in the spring. Flowers bloom in gardens and parks all over the city. Use our guide to Vancouver’s most Instagrammable spring locations to find gorgeous photo spots.

VanDusen Garden in spring in Vancouver

VanDusen Garden Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Sombilon Studios


Brave the Capilano Suspension Bridge

The Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver is particularly impressive in the spring when rain and snowmelt swell the Capilano River. Walk 230 feet above the raging waters on the famous bridge, stroll through the treetops on elevated platforms, and peer into the canyon on the Cliffwalk.

People walk on a suspended walkway at the Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver

Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge. Photo: Destination Vancouver/Capilano Suspension Bridge Park


Get Out on the Water

On a sunny day, the best views in Vancouver are from the water. Rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the shoreline. Or head farther afield with a boat rental or tour. If you want a low-effort adventure, a ride on the Aquabus or False Creek Ferry is a fun way to experience the waters of False Creek.

Kaykers on a tour with Jericho Beach Kayak

Kayakers on a tour with Jericho Beach Kayak. Photo: Jericho Beach Kayak


Try Bird-Watching

Spring is prime bird-watching time as the birds return to Vancouver from their winter homes or migrate through on their way further north. It’s also nesting season, so it’s a great time to spot mating pairs building and guarding their nests. Use our list of the best beginner birding spots near Vancouver to get started.

Looking out from inside a bird blind at Reifel Bird Santcuary in Ladner

Looking out from inside a bird blind at Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Photo: Taryn Eyton/Happiest Outdoors


Walk, Bike or Skate the Seawall

Doing a lap of the seawall around Stanley Park is one of Vancouver’s signature activities. Bring your bikes or inline skates for a lap, or just head out for a walk. Spring is a great time to hit the seawall since the flowers are blooming and it’s not as crowded as in summer.

Cyclists on the Stanley Park Seawall in Vancouver

Cyclists on the Stanley Park Seawall. Photo: Destination BC/Heath Moffatt


Watch Grouse Mountain’s Grizzly Bears Emerge from Hibernation

Each winter, Grouse Mountain’s resident grizzly bears hibernate from November to April. Orphaned as cubs, these rescued bears decide when they will wake up from their winter slumber, so the exact date is a surprise each year, but if you are lucky enough to be visiting Grouse Mountain that day, you will get to watch them frolic in the snow as they emerge from the den. And if you can’t be there in person, you can watch the action on Grouse Mountain’s bear den cameras.

A grizzly bear in the snow on Grouse Mountain.

Grizzly bear in the snow on Grouse Mountain. Photo: Destination Vancouver/Kazutoshi Yoshimura

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