Every year, after a cold and damp winter, Vancouver residents and visitors are rewarded with breathtaking blossoming of 40,000 ornamental cherry trees which herald the advent of spring. A profusion of pink and white flowers dot the urban landscape along boulevards, streets, parks and even the downtown area in and around The Auberge: pristinely pink cherry-blossomed trees line the walkway of Perch Park, where passers by can take a moment to sit at one of the tables or on a park bench, relax and enjoy a mini urban oasis.
Situated along the stunning waterfront vista of Coal Harbour, Canada Place is virtually the busiest hub of activity in downtown Vancouver housing not one but two convention centres along with the cruise ship terminal’s facility for numerous cruise ships bound for adventures to Alaska during the warmer months of the year.
It’s time to shed those down parkas and woolly toques; after what has been an unbearably long, cold winter, a profusion of pink cherry blossoms punctuate the city landscape and herald the return of spring to the West Coast.
While downtown Vancouver has the full range of culinary options ranging from family-style large chains to fine dining in the immediate vicinity of The Auberge Hotel, there’s hidden gem located at the rear of the building: The Lions Pub boasts modern pub fare served in a lively, convivial atmosphere. The menu runs the gamut from traditional British comfort food to a wide range of sandwiches, burgers and salads. Of course there’s beer on tap as well as a huge selection of craft beer, too!
Both visitors and locals alike would agree that Vancouver is visually picture postcard perfect, especially when it boasts mountains and an ocean nearby for a handy backdrop, but this world class cosmopolitan city in the Pacific Northwest is absolutely captivating when she’s all glammed up for the holidays.
One of life’s guilty pleasures: savouring the first bite of a fresh, buttery croissant served in Auberge Hotel’s Le Salon baked daily by Baguette & Co, a preeminent French bakery with multiple locations in Vancouver.
It’s time to enjoy longer stretches of drier weather, beautiful blossoms and pleasant strolls in one of the many gorgeous parks in and around downtown Vancouver: spring is in the air!