Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver
Vancouver’s cherry blossom season is almost here and we are all just a little bit excited. Soon the trees will swell with gorgeous hues of pink buds and canopies of blossoms will cover the city. As the season ends and the wind comes and delicate pink snow falls over the city sidewalks. It is all kinds of breathtaking.
Where To Find The Best Cherry Blossom Trees
There are many fantastic spots in Vancouver to go and enjoy the city’s cherry blossoms. A favourite local spot for our family is quite possibly the open green spaces in Stanley Park at the formal rose garden.
Years ago we went for a walk downtown and ended up in the rose garden and captured these photos. The blossoms were not yet in full bloom but they were still so gorgeous. That pink against the blue sky is an absolute favourite.
For all of your Insta needs and general gorgeousness check out the city’s blooming cherry blossoms at Queen Elizabeth Park, VanDusen Botanical Gardens and Granville Island. David Lam Park in Yaletown blooms an amazing canopy right by the seawall, so you get that mix of pink blooms with blue water.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Vancouver loves cherry blossom season so much that we have an annual festival to celebrate the blossoms. This year you can participate in festival activities from April 4-28, 2019. A variety of events are happening through out the city, including the kick off event the Cherry Jam right downtown Vancouver.
Allergy Free Cherry Blossom Fun
If the thought of all those blossoms has you sneezing and rubbing your itchy eyes, head to the indoor installation Blossom at Metropolis. There you will find 250,000 curated blossoms on display without the sneeze effect. Don’t miss out on this beautiful indoor installation, it’s only showing until the end of March.
- The pink blossoms you see in Vancouver are actually a mix of cherry and plum trees.
- The Japanese cities Kobe and Yokohama gave the Vancouver park board 500 trees to plant at the Japanese cenotaph in Stanley Park. This was to honour the Japanese Canadians who served in the First World
- Peak bloom time for Japanese cherry trees is actually only one week long and can be less if there is a lot of rain or wind.
- In Japanese culture the cherry blossom trees represents fragility and beauty. An epic reminder for us as the blooms are so breath taking and then gone just like that.
As a family in the city we live in a high tourist area and will soon have bus loads of tourists brought to our door step to take in all that pink. Their ultimate mission is to view the blossoms at peak bloom and take photos with the cherry blossom trees. We have to admit, the blossoms do make for an amazing back drop for photos.
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