20 Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms Around Vancouver

Cherry blossoms in front of the Vancouver skyline

Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Vision Photography

Vancouver has over 40,000 cherry trees that celebrate the arrival of spring with pink and white blossoms. There are thousands of places to see the flowers, so it can be hard to know where to start. Here are our picks for the best places to see cherry blossoms around Vancouver.

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20 Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms Around Vancouver

2021 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Events You Shouldn’t Miss

Cherry blossoms in front of Vancouver's skyline

Tourism Vancouver / Vision Photography

Each year we celebrate spring with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. Inspired by the Japanese cultural tradition of hanami (flower viewing), the festival organizes community-building events to enjoy the blooms. This year, the festival is going virtual with lots of online programming and self-guided activities you can do with your household. Here are seven Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival events you shouldn’t miss this year.

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2021 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Events You Shouldn’t Miss

Colours of Vancouver – Welcome Spring!

Daffodils and English Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

They say patience is a virtue, and if you are an avid fan of spring flowers and blossom viewing, this year’s unusually long, cold, snowy winter has certainly tested your patience. But, dare I say the wait is over!  Snowdrops are dropping, daffodils are dazzling, and the promise of new growth and regeneration is in the air.  Congratulations – we made it! Our beloved cherry blossoms and spring flowers are returning with a delightful vengeance.

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Colours of Vancouver – Welcome Spring!

Bike the Blossoms – Saturday, April 9

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It’s time to Bike the Blossoms Photo: Rob Weiss

Grease the chain, grab your helmet and mark your calendars – it’s time to Bike the Blossoms!  As part of the 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival, and in partnership with Velapalooza, Vancouver is hosting Bike the Blossoms, a community ride and celebration of all things spring.  I intend to be there with “bells on!”  Over the years, blossom viewing has become an art form and I must applaud Vancouverites on their creativity!  We illuminate the blossoms, we paint pictures of them, photograph them, walk under them, sing about them, talk about them, display them on barges and even toss a few in our salads.  Only our imaginations limit our ability to celebrate our magnificent, flowering cherry trees.

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Bike the Blossoms – Saturday, April 9

Blossoms, Culture & Great Eats at Sakura Days Japan Fair – April 6-7

VanDusen's blossoms. Photo credit: Konstantin Egorov

VanDusen’s blossoms. Photo credit: Konstantin Egorov

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is underway. One of the most interesting and tasty festival events is Sakura Days Japan Fair at VanDusen Botanical Garden (5151 Oat Street) Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7.

Sakura means blossom in Japanese. The venue, VanDusen, is a gorgeous spot for doing some “hanami” (blossom viewing). The family-friendly Sakura Days event line-up offers many opportunities to learn more about Vancouver’s Japanese cultural heritage. There will be all sorts of fun activities including origami, bonsai tree demos, martial arts demos, ikebana (flower-arranging classes), singing, taiko drumming and kimono 101.

On the food front, attendees get to watch a traditional tea ceremony and get involved with sake/Japanese beer tastings. The food vendor area has a ton of tempting Japanese eats including ramen, yakisoba, chirashizushi, takoyaki (incredibly popular octopus scallion pancake balls), red bean paste sweets, waffles and street eats by Mogu food truck and Japadog. Continue reading:
Blossoms, Culture & Great Eats at Sakura Days Japan Fair – April 6-7