This is why I live here!” is a phrase many Vancouverites exclaim during cherry blossom season. Each spring, as the rainy season fades, city dwellers pack their sweaters away and are rewarded with one of the world’s most cheerful sites: 40,000 cherry trees bursting with pink and white blooms.
Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver
Vancouver’s many parks and gardens are ideal showcases for the beloved trees, but there are also a number of urban places to view these pink beauties.
- Queen Elizabeth Park touts several varieties of cherry trees, which bloom at different intervals throughout early March and 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. Plan your trip to the garden with this cherry tree map
- For a truly peaceful (and cultural) experience, make sure to visit the UBC Nitobe Memorial Garden, where you’ll find colourful cherry trees in a traditional Japanese garden setting
- Walk beneath a canopy of blooms at the downtown Burrard SkyTrain station, Vancouver City Hall and 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. From bike rides to art classes, these community activities bring people together to enjoy the natural splendor of spring.