Your Ultimate Guide To Cherry Blossom Season in Vancouver

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As winter bids adieu and Vancouver awakens to spring, there’s a spectacle that paints the city in hues of pink and white. It’s the arrival of Cherry Blossom Season, a time when over 40,000 cherry trees burst into life, gracing the streets with their delicate blooms. This annual celebration of nature’s beauty is not just a sight to behold—it’s an invitation to immerse yourself in a world of enchantment.

Whether you’re a local looking for new adventures or a visitor eager to discover the magic of springtime in Vancouver, this ultimate guide to Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom Season is your key to making the most of this fleeting yet unforgettable experience.

40,000 Cherry Trees and a Gift of History

Did you know that Vancouver’s cherry trees have a story rooted in gratitude? Back in the 1930s, the city received 500 cherry trees as a gift from the mayors of Kobe and Yokohama. This gesture was to honor the Japanese Canadians who served in World War I. Since then, Vancouver has blossomed into a city adorned with over 40,000 cherry trees. Each year, usually in late March to early April, these trees burst into life, painting the streets in shades of delicate pink.


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Tea Time with a Cherry Blossom Twist

Picture this: You, surrounded by the soft hues of cherry blossoms, indulging in a delicious Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea at Notch8 in Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. This isn’t just any tea time—it’s an experience. Enjoy a spread of savory treats, freshly baked scones, and delightful sweets, all while soaking in the blossom-themed ambiance.

When: Wednesday to Friday, March 1 to May 31, at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
How: Book your spot here

 

Meet Meredith Wing: The Artist in Cherry Blossom Residence

Prepare to be enchanted by the works of Meredith Wing, the talented artist-in-residence at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Known for her creative flair in fashion, floral, and food art, Meredith will be crafting stunning pieces inspired by Cherry Blossom season. Dive into workshops, witness live sessions, and marvel at her captivating window displays.

Mark Your Calendar: In residence April 9, with public events on April 13 and April 14
Details and Tickets: Click here

 

Tea in the Window: Where Art and Tea Collide

Immerse yourself in a whimsical tea experience right by Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s street-level window display. Under the magical touch of Meredith Wing’s artistry, enjoy a unique tea affair amidst a fantasy world of cherry blossoms.

Reserve Your Spot: Limited seating, opening April 5
Get on the Waitlist: Email HVC.Notch8@Fairmont.com 


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Exterior of Fairmont Hotel Vancouver through Cherry Blossoms
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Your Cherry Blossom Adventure Awaits: Further Fun Activities

 

Park Escapades

Wander through Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park, and VanDusen Botanical Garden for stunning cherry blossom displays.

 

Festival Fun

Dive into the Cherry Blossom Festival with guided walks and cultural performances. Experience Japanese culture at the Sakura Days Japan Fair in VanDusen Botanical Garden.

 

Stroll Through Neighborhoods

Take leisurely walks through the charming streets of neighbouring West End or nearby Arbutus Ridge, adorned with cherry blossoms.

Tour on Wheels or Feet

Join “Bike the Blossoms” for guided cycling tours, or craft your own walking adventure using resources from the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.

 

Picnic and Click

Have a delightful cherry blossom picnic at Vanier Park and snap Instagram-worthy photos against Vancouver’s iconic backdrop.

 

Boat Tours with a View

Embark on a boat tour around False Creek for a unique perspective of cherry blossoms against the city skyline.

 

Tips for Your Cherry Blossom Excursion:

  • Time It Right: Late March to early April is usually prime cherry blossom season, but check for updates due to weather changes.
  • Event Planning: Look ahead for specific events and festivals during the season, and mark them on your calendar.
  • Respect Nature: While enjoying the blossoms, remember to treat nature kindly. Avoid picking flowers and keep the surroundings clean.

 

Get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom Season. Whether you’re sipping tea amidst blossoms at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or exploring the city’s vibrant parks, each moment promises a touch of springtime wonder.


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