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.
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!
Although Vancouver’s world-renowned Stanley Park receives the most annual visits by tourists and locals alike, here are a couple of under the radar outdoor spots just a little further away from the downtown core but definitely worth exploring: VanDusen Botannical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory, both accessible by crossing either the Oak or Granville St Bridges and minutes from the city center. Both properties are open seven days a week: VanDusen is the larger open air property whereas the smaller Bloedel Conservatory situated at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park is a beautiful oasis filled with plants, trees and birds under a geodesic dome.
Every year, once the bite of winter eases, something truly breathtaking materializes: the blossoming of 40,000 cherry trees spread across metro Vancouver in parks, city streets and even whole neighbourhoods. With spring just around the corner, the city will be showcasing this spectacular burst of frothy, pink blossoms which signal renewal and a new beginning. Spring has truly sprung!