Get Outside: 5 Blossoming Ways to Celebrate Spring in Vancouver

Bike the Blossoms | Image via the Vancouver Cherry Blossom festival website

Spring is HERE — and we are all about in Vancouver. The weather has gotten warmer, the cherry blossoms are out, and there’s no excuse for not getting outside. (Not even the possibility of rain!) Here are some ways to get outside and celebrate spring in the city!

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Get Outside: 5 Blossoming Ways to Celebrate Spring in Vancouver

Get Your Cameras Ready for the The 13th Annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Photo via Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Event gallery

Pops of pink are starting to show up on the trees in Vancouver, which means spring is in the air and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is just around the corner! The dates for the 13th year of one of Vancouver’s most anticipated events have been announced, with the 2019 festival spanning April 4-28. Prepare your cameras to think pink!

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Get Your Cameras Ready for the The 13th Annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

5 Event Highlights from the Fast-Approaching Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

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West 22nd Avenue and Arbutus Street
Image courtesy of Spencer Finlay | Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

Spring is officially here and the first signs of cherry blossoms in Vancouver are beginning to appear! The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) is the city’s signature springtime event, waking the city up from winter hibernation with an explosion of some 41,000 blossoming cherry trees.

With bright, cheerful blossoms are a welcome reminder that the long, cold winter is finally nearing its end! (Especially now that the forecast of snow has been removed from the 7-day Vancouver weather forecast).

The Cherry Blossom Festival officially kicks off this April and there are several events to celebrate the occasion. Take a look at some of the highlights below from the upcoming 2018 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival…

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5 Event Highlights from the Fast-Approaching Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

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 Best Places to see Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver

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West 22nd Avenue and Arbutus Street
Image courtesy of Spencer Finlay | Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

As the rainy season comes to an end, it seems like the whole city is celebrating by coming into bloom with beautiful, white, puffy flowers. Amazingly, there are over 2,100 locations in Vancouver that host cheerful cherry blossom trees, lighting up the streets and painting neighbourhoods in awash of colours from a blush of pink to pure snow white.

But, if you’re on the hunt for the perfect place to see cherry blossoms in Vancouver for your next photo-op, check out the list below and get your camera ready. While the flowers still look amazing on cloudy days, it’s always best to go when the clouds are gone and the sun is shining. Pink blossoms and blue skies just go together!

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The Best Places to see Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver

5 Can’t-Miss Events at the 2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Photo sourced from vcbf.ca | Credit: Cynthia Wong

Photo sourced from vcbf.ca | Credit: Cynthia Wong

Days are getting longer. Rains are giving way to blue skies. On city streets, pink and white buds are starting to appear on branches that have been bare all winter.

All of which can only mean one thing: the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is right around the corner. Each spring, some 40,000 ornamental cherry trees planted along the streets of Vancouver burst into vivid colour. This year, the seasonal spectacle is being commemorated with more than three weeks of cherry-themed concerts, fairs, bike rides and even barges, March 24-April 17.

Here’s a look at 5 can’t-miss events for the 2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival:

Get down at the Cherry Jam Downtown ConcertThe festival kicks off with a free lunchtime concert in the heart of downtown at the Burrard SkyTrain station. Find a spot under the blossoms and watch as an international lineup offers an ode to the season. Performers include the taiko drumming troupe Vancouver Okinawa Taiko, as well as the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra String Quartet and the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble. March 24 from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Burrard SkyTrain Station indoor concourse; free Continue reading:
5 Can’t-Miss Events at the 2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Blossom Barge coming to Vancouver this April

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Image courtesy of Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s already feeling like Spring is in the air with the last few days of sunny, warm weather. So, it’s no surprise that news about the upcoming 10th Anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival is starting to hit local blogs. There are now only two months left until the unofficial start of Springtime in Vancouver!

New this year, the 2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival has announced that they will be creating a Blossom Barge, a multi-day floating spectacle that will have 40 beautiful cherry blossoms on the last place you’d expect them to be, in the sea!

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Blossom Barge coming to Vancouver this April