They say “April showers bring May flowers”, and in a city that is often plagued by rainy weather in the earlier days of spring, this couldn’t be more true.
This March, Vancouver saw a record-breaking number of sunny days (the second driest March on record). As a result, people have been spending more time outdoors – and the city’s blooms seem to be popping up outside earlier as well.
This spring, be sure to take some time to stop and smell the flowers! Here are some of the best spots in and around the city to see, smell, and snap the flowers of the season:
Chilliwack Tulip Festival
(Opens April 10)
Floral fans have been flocking to Chilliwack to walk amongst the 6.5 million rainbow-coloured tulips since 2006. In fact, the Chilliwack Tulip Festival is BC’s original festival of its kind! While tulips are of course the main attraction, you can also find 3 acres of specialty double daffodils in 17 varieties, and 2 acres of hyacinths in 10 varieties. Plus, many more activities and attractions can be found on site, including: a rotary train (perfect for visitors with mobility issues), on-site food trucks, and several fairy/elf houses hidden in the fields for kids to find.
Bloom Abbotsford Tulip Festival
(Opens April 15)
Hailing from the Netherlands, the family behind the famous Abbotsford Tulip Festival have been farming tulips for 4 generations. The Bloom Tulip Festival was created to allow locals and tourists to stroll through their stunning tulip fields and enjoy the breathtaking display of colour, and their farm has become a must-see sight each Spring. This year’s theme is “spreading joy”, and what better way to do so than to pick a bouquet of fresh flowers and share them with family and friends! Bring a picnic, or dine on the delicious eats offered at the on-site food trucks. Kids can play on the Hay Bale Playground, or watch the on-site Duck Races! Plus, for a truly unique VIP experience, be sure to check out the VIP Flower Crown Package.
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
(Running April 4-28)
The beautiful pink cherry blossoms may draw crowds to quiet neighbourhood streets during the spring months, but the festival designed to celebrate the stunning blooms is about so much more than just snapping photos. Featuring a concert series, an evening Night of Lights event, and the family-friendly Sakura Days Japan Fair (to name a few), there’s lots to see and do while you’re strolling the streets of the city.
Bloomfest Taves Farms
Your favourite family farm is hosting a spring blossom festival on the weekend of May 4-5, and it promises to offer fun for the whole family! Enjoy hay rides, crafts, a petting barn, and of course, lots of beautiful photo ops amongst the spring blooms! (Note: the event is weather dependent, check website for updates before you go).