Cherry Blossom Season
Apr 04, 2022
A sure sign that spring has sprung in Vancouver is the arrival of Cherry Blossom Season. Every year between late March and mid-April, our streets come alive with these beautiful flowers. Thousands of people come from all over the world to take in the majesty of Vancouver's Cherry Blossoms, especially from the prairie provinces of Canada which can still be getting winter storms well into March and even April.
The history of Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver goes back to 1935 when Bunjiro and Kimi Uyeda donated a thousand cherry trees to the Vancouver Parks Board. Most of those trees ended up in Stanley Park. Today, the continued influx of Japanese people to Vancouver has kept the Cherry Tree tradition alive. There are more than 43,000 cherry trees in Vancouver, and in some neighbourhoods they make up one third of the sidewalk trees.
The VanWalks Stanley Park Seawall walking tour has a stop dedicated to the Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver. It's right at the end of the Seawall tour, so you can enjoy an entire walk around Stanley Park, or you can skip to the end and just learn about the Cherry Blossoms. (We won't tell anyone)
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is another great resource to learn about Cherry Blossom walking tours in Vancouver. They have a map of all the cherry trees in the area and every year they host some amazing events to really set the mood!