There’s nothing quite like the delicate beauty of a cherry blossom in bloom, and Vancouver is blessed with thousands of these stunning trees. When spring hits, the city transforms into a bloom of gorgeous pink trees that will make you think you’re dreaming.
Every year, we celebrate this transformation with a series of events designed to make the most of this fleeting moment; this kind of beauty is precious – make the most of it!
BIKE THE BLOSSOMS
The bike is the best of both worlds, in terms of transportation – it’s relatively speedy, but you still get the meditative calm and open air enjoyment of a stroll. That means it’s the perfect way to tour Vancouver’s thousands of blooming trees!
Join the fun by signing up for Bike The Blossoms, a group ride sponsored by the organizers of Velapalooza. Participants will meet at Trout Lake Park (a short ride from downtown) and follow experienced guides who will take you to some of the most beautiful sights in the city! Sign up here!
SPRING LIGHTS ILLUMINATION
For most, cherry blossoms signal the soft light of the early morning, or the warmth of the fading afternoon – not the dark of the evening! But that might change April 15 and 16 at Queen Elizabeth Park for Spring Lights Illumination – a limited art installment made possible with Canada 150 funding where local artists will use projectors to illuminate the beauty of the cherry blossoms in new, vivid ways! Find out more here!
If you didn’t already know, “Sakura” is Japanese for Cherry Blossom, and we have inherited much of our love for these gorgeous flowers from Japanese traditions. On Sunday, April 22, you can take part in a gala event at Stanley Park called Sakura Night. Featuring a “pink tie” dress code, you’ll be expected to dress up – but then you’ll be able to laugh, drink and dance while enjoying Asian-inspired treats prepared by local chefs in an elegant atmosphere. Tickets are available here!
Whether you’re passing through Vancouver for one night or taking in the cherry blossom season in all its glory, you’ll find the perfect accommodations at the Landis Hotel Suites in downtown Vancouver. With great prices on extended stay suites, we make it easy to explore Vancouver. Book your room today!