What to do in Vancouver this Spring?

Spring is finally here, and we are happy to embrace it. Spring means the beginning of a joyful and colourful season since temperatures begin to rise during March, April, and May, hovering between 7˚C-15˚C during the day and decreasing to around 5˚C at night, allowing us to do more outdoor activities during Spring Break, weekends or whenever we get a chance.

It’s time to dress in light layers, but always keep in mind that this is Raincouver, so it’s a good idea to carry your umbrella just in case. A good pair of comfy walking shoes are also a must since our city is a great place to explore on foot.

Here's a list of activities to do during this cheerful season:

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

This intra-community arts and culture outdoor Festival will run from April 1 to April 23, 2023, celebrating the blooming of the cherry blossom trees throughout the city. Visitors can enjoy various events, including guided walks, biking routes, picnics, and musical performances, all while admiring the beautiful pink and white blossoms.

To learn more, please visit: https://vcbf.ca/

VanDusen Botanical Garden

An inspiring 55-acre outdoor oasis with over 7,500 plant species and varieties, it’s the perfect place to spot and photograph local wildlife, enjoy the hedge maze and relax in a peaceful setting, straight in the heart of Vancouver.

To learn more, please visit: https://vandusengarden.org/

Queen Elizabeth Park

Vancouver’s horticultural jewel is a major draw for floral display enthusiasts and view-seekers and is a popular backdrop for wedding photos. At 125 m above sea level, it’s the highest point in Vancouver and makes for spectacular views of the park, city, and mountains on the North Shore.

Learn more here: https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/queen-elizabeth-park.aspx

Bloedel Conservatory

It’s a lush domed paradise located at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park, the highest point of the city. More than 100 exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment.

Learn more: https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bloedel-conservatory.aspx

BMO Vancouver Marathon

The BMO Vancouver Marathon is an annual marathon race held in Vancouver, Canada. It is one of the largest running events in Western Canada and attracts participants from all over the world.

The race features several different events, including a marathon, half marathon, 8-kilometer race, and a relay race. The marathon course takes runners through the city’s scenic neighborhoods, along the seawall, and across several iconic bridges.

Register here: https://bmovanmarathon.ca/

Italian Day on the Drive

After three years without the Italian Day festival due to the pandemic and related restrictions, we are pleased to tell you that the signature 14-block cultural street festival is set to return on Sunday, June 11.

Check it out: https://www.italianday.ca/

Vancouver International Wine Festival

The Vancouver International Wine Festival, Canada’s premier food & wine event, will feature wines from 17 countries. Every year, there is a focus on a different region or country; the featured region has its own section in the tasting room and offers thematic seminars and food and wine pairings throughout the week. In 2023, the festival will celebrate wines from South America and is scheduled for April 22-30.

Read More: https://vanwinefest.ca/

Vancouver International Art Fair 2023

Art Vancouver from May 4 to May 7, Western Canada’s most prestigious art fair, brings the international art world together at the Vancouver Convention Center, featuring reputable art and artists from across Canada and the world.

Learn More: https://www.artvancouver.net

Strolling in Gastown, Yaletown, and West End

Exploring Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods is a great way to spend the day. Grab a coffee and wander downtown areas such as Yaletown, the beachside West End, or the historic Gastown.

Whistler and Victoria trip

Whistler, the world-class ski destination, is just two hours from downtown Vancouver, and the season usually runs through April, with Blackcomb Mountain offering spring skiing through mid-May. Even if you don’t ski, attractions like the Peak2Peak gondola linking the two mountains and the lively, walkable village make it worth a visit. Also, Victoria makes for a lovely day trip at this time of year, showing off some beautiful scenery on our way there on Ferry.

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