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.
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.
No matter where you look, it’s hard not to notice the first signs of spring: young leafy tendrils poking up from the earth, newly blossomed branches of yellow forsythia swaying gently in the breeze or full on pink frothiness of Japanese cherry blossoms decorating parks, city streets and even in the courtyards of downtown; spring has definitely sprung in Vancouver much earlier than in previous years and well in advance of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival in April. For the best views of blossoms, birds and breathtaking waterfront vistas, here’s an insider’s guide to some off the beaten track locations: