Vancouver Cherry Blossom
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival takes place in April, some years the festival begins in March. This season is one of the most beautiful season in the year. Therefore, this is the great time to enjoy the nature’s beauty in Vancouver, Canada. As well as, Vancouver Cherry Blossom in many parks and gardens are ideal showcases for the beloved trees. However, there are also a number of urban places to view these pink and white beauties.
Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver
- Queen Elizabeth Park touts several varieties of cherry trees. Those bloom at different intervals from early March to late April.
- Stanley Park also has rows of blossoming trees near the formal rose garden, and the Japanese Canadian WWI war memorial
- VanDusen Botanical Garden boasts more than 100 cherry trees, representing 24 varieties.
- For a truly peaceful (and cultural) experience, make sure to visit the Nitobe Memorial Garden at UBC. You’ll find colourful cherry trees in a traditional Japanese garden setting there.
- Walk beneath a canopy of blooms at the downtown Burrard SkyTrain station
- Around Vancouver’s City Hall at West 12th and Cambie
- Along Yew Street in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Events
Each year, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival introduces an array of events to celebrate the blooming of the trees. So, from bike rides to art classes, these community activities bring people together to enjoy the natural splendor of spring.
Cherry Jam Downtown
The official festival kick-off is a culturally rockin’ good time with performances. And honor Vancouver’s multicultural heritage all amid a sea of cherry blossoms.
Plein-Air Blossom Painting
Plein-air instructors lead watercolour, pastel, oil and acrylic painters in art-making sessions right inside the garden. This helps them to capture its cherry trees, and many other plants in their work.
Tree Talks & Walks
Six walks through some of Vancouver’s spectacular spring gardens are led by notable tree enthusiasts. They help visitors find the city’s most beautiful blooms. They can also talk about their origins and help identify different varieties.
Sakura Days Japan Fair
Vancouver’s original 500 cherry trees were a gift from the mayors of Kobe and Yokohama in the 1930s. This is a thanking to the city for honoring Japanese Canadians who served in WWI. Along with celebrating the city’s long friendship with Japan, this family-friendly includes tea ceremonies. Also there are other activities such as: sake tasting, geisha dances, taiko drumming, kimono demonstrations, Japanese cuisine and much more.
Bike the Blossoms
Visitors are invited to view the cherry trees from atop two wheels with Velopalooza. Furthermore, they can enjoy a guided ride that weaves through Vancouver’s most blossom-laden neighborhoods.
The cherry trees are sure to spark a creative sensation in all who witness them. And poets and non-poets alike are invited to submit haikus on the subject to festival organizers. As a result, the winning poets’ works will be published on the festival’s website.