#VirtuallyVancouver – Enjoy Vancouver’s Cherry Blossoms from Home

It’s spring in Vancouver, and we all know this means the return of the much-awaited cherry blossom season. With social distancing, self-isolation, and flight restrictions in place, many Vancouverites and visitors from across the world are missing out on this beautiful show of nature. With more than 40,000 trees bursting with pink and white blooms all over the city right now, we’re bringing the blossoms to you. Enjoy! Continue reading:
#VirtuallyVancouver – Enjoy Vancouver’s Cherry Blossoms from Home

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

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!

The craft fair with a club vibe: Make It Vancouver is Back, April 22

Image from Marie's Guilt Free Bakery, one of the exhibitors at Make It.

Image from Marie’s Guilt Free Bakery, one of the exhibitors at Make It.

A craft fair in April?

Yup. And not just any craft fair – the indisputably hippest, greenest, most artisanal, funkiest craft fair ever to hit Metro Vancouver.

Make It Vancouver returns for its spring instalment, April 22-April 24, at the PNE Forum. By now a local fixture, Make It is one part craft fair and one part party, with an eco-friendly, proudly Canadian vibe that permeates everything. It may be the one place in Vancouver where you can browse for handmade stationary, one-off baby clothes and organic skin care products while scarfing down street food, sipping on craft beer and grooving along to a club mix.  Continue reading:
The craft fair with a club vibe: Make It Vancouver is Back, April 22

Spring has Sprung – Kayak the Nicomekl River

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View of the North Shore Mountains from Mud Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

Spring Forward!  Words synonymous with “let’s paddle!”  My kayak is my “happy place” and although I paddle year round, there is something about springing forward that triggers my inner kayaker and passion for the sea.  One of my favourite early season destinations is the Nickomekl River in South Surrey.  This floating nature trail is scenic, protected and features a dry launch site. Ideal for beginners, families and experienced paddlers alike, the Nickomekl River offers a tranquil welcome to all.

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Spring has Sprung – Kayak the Nicomekl River

Day-hike of a lifetime? Spring trekking on Mount Seymour in Vancouver

8201504109_f68b83faf2_z It’s no secret that Vancouver is well endowed in the nature department (How many cities boast a 1,000-acre park downtown?).  But what sometimes goes unnoticed is how truly rugged the landscape gets almost immediately after you cross the Lions Gate Bridge.

Take Mount Seymour Provincial Park.  Rising to 1,449 metres, Mount Seymour is an easy 40-minute drive from downtown in North Vancouver.  Known for its skiing, the mountain is also crisscrossed with some spectacular hiking trails that bring you up into dizzying alpine terrain.   In a matter of minutes, you can go from the parking lot to a high-altitude wonderland of sheer cliffs and panoramic mountain views.

I found out for myself recently, on a sunny afternoon when temperatures at the ski area parking lot were a balmy 10 degrees Celsius.  But while spring was in the air, snow – metres of it – was still in the ground.  I struck out on the trail to First Peak, which starts in the far corner of the parking lot, adjacent the chair lift.

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Day-hike of a lifetime? Spring trekking on Mount Seymour in Vancouver

April in Bloom – Top 5 Vancouver Spring Gardens

Stanley Park Rose Garden. Photo: Dana Lynch

You can be forgiven for thinking that spring hasn’t really arrived yet; our frequent gray-and-rainy weather can sometimes make late-March and April seem like just an extension of winter. But there are places in Vancouver where the seasonal change is beautifully apparent: Vancouver’s public gardens.

Vancouver’s public gardens—many of which are free—are gorgeous year-round, but spring is a special time for many of our top gardens.  April is traditionally the peak bloom time for seasonal tulips and bulbs—Minter Gardens has 10,000!—as well as magnolias, camellias, Japanese cherries, and early rhododendrons.

Top 5 Vancouver Spring Gardens

1. Stanley Park Rose Garden – Free
Late March – April is one of Stanley Park’s peak bloom times, and that extends to the famous Rose Garden. The Rose Garden’s combination of early bloomers and spring bulbs makes it well worth a spring trip. Plus, you can explore Stanley Park’s other gardens while you’re there!

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April in Bloom – Top 5 Vancouver Spring Gardens