A sure sign of Spring's arrival for Vancouverites (aside from allergies) is the appearance of colourful plum and cherry blossoms across the city. While neither are native to the West Coast, they've become as much a part of our beloved fauna as any Oak, Cypress, or Evergreen tree. So much so that we have our very own Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.
Their website provides a detailed history of the introduction of cherry and plum blossom trees to our beautiful city as a gift from Japan and their eventual growth to over 130,000 trees across the Lower Mainland.
This year, the blossoms bloomed much earlier than normal thanks to our warmer Winter. While it was nice to see the lovely pink shades across the city in February, we also had 19 straight days of rain. That meant a lot less golden light at sunset/sunrise hours, and essentially no blue skies during the day, which is our favourite backdrop against the pink blossoms.
Regardless of the weather, we decided to visit as many unique and landmark cherry blossom spots as possible. There are many areas that we just didn't have a chance to get to such as Queen Elizabeth Park, Van Dusen Botanical Garden, and the Burrard Skytrain station, just to name a few.
Here are some of our favourite areas in Vancouver to see Plum and Cherry blossoms.
We'd love to hear about your favourite spots and to see some photos so feel free to comment!