20 Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms Around Vancouver

Cherry blossoms in front of the Vancouver skyline

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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

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

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

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival April 3rd – 28th

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Spring is here! And so are Vancouver’s cherry blossoms. Every year, Vancouverites eagerly anticipate the blooming of the city’s 40,000 cherry trees. The blooming period, usually between late March and the end of April, signals the arrival of spring, covering the city in a wave of pink petals. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival marks the period and celebrates the beauty of Vancouver’s cherry trees with a celebration of all things spring.

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival began in 2006. As many of Vancouver’s cherry trees originated as gifts from Japan, the Festival began as a way to express gratitude for the gift and to celebrate the beauty and joy the cherry blossoms bring to the city. Since 2006, the Festival has marked the occasion with educational programs, musical performances, and fine art and craft exhibitions. The Festival’s mission is simple: “To sustain & renew Vancouver’s cherry tree heritage, while educating and actively engaging diverse communities in local arts and culture to celebrate the fragile beauty of the iconic Cherry Blossom.”

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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival April 3rd – 28th

5 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in March

Pacific great blue heron at Stanley Park. Photo credit: Flickr user scazon

Great blue heron at Stanley Park. Photo credit: Flickr user scazon

You don’t have to spend money to have a good time in this town. From heron viewing to Celtic street parties and bike touring the pretty pink cherry blossoms, here are five spring events and activities in Vancouver that are free.

5 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in March

1) Visit the Pacific great blue herons at Stanley Park, ongoing
Spring is surely here. Over the last few weeks our urban great blue heron colony has set up camp at their Stanley Park nesting ground for the 13th year in a row. Find these big majestic birds with 2-metre wingspans near the tennis courts at Second Beach and Lost Lagoon. Last year, 86 heron pairs made 169 adorably awkward babies. If you’re a heron noob, the Stanley Park birds are classified as a species at risk in BC. Adults and kids get gooey over their birdy antics. While they’re remarkably used to being watched by humans, it’s important to be respectful of the nesting grounds and observe from afar. Continue reading:
5 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in March

The 5 best spots to view cherry blossoms now

Although the 2012 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) doesn’t officially start until April 5, several eager cherry trees around town are already sporting dark pink buds and frilly, ballerina blooms.

Today is also the first official meeting of the VCBF Cherry Scouts – a buccaneering group of volunteers that go about town armed with cameras, reporting the latest blossom intel. The Cherry Scouts make reports in the UBC Botanical Garden Forum before updating the VCBF Blooming Now page with map.

By the end of the cherry blossom festivities April 28, the Cherry Scouts will have mapped 800 blossoming locations throughout Vancouver. But as of March 17, here are the top five spots for scoping early cherry blossoms. Continue reading:
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