Celebrate spring during the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2017

Feb 22 2017, 12:20 am

It’s a sure sign of spring, and a welcome site to winter-weary Vancouverites.

Presented by the Vancouver Parks Board, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival returns to Vancouver from March 30 until April 23, 2017.

The almost month-long celebration is Vancouver’s signature springtime event and celebrates the blossoming of the city’s approximately 41,000 cherry trees.

Originally gifted from Japan in the 1930s, the cherry blossoms have inspired a festival which now includes more than 20 public, mostly free, arts and cultural community events.

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On the festival’s website, the founder and director of the event, Linda Poole, said the underlying purpose of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a simple one embracing all citizens of all ages: “We are blessed to have these trees and the more closely we look at them and the more we learn about them, the more enjoyment they give us. And, likewise, the more we are motivated to care for and nurture them. Vancouverites, who already enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle, now, through the efforts of the Festival have even more choices.”

Poole writes that she came with the idea after living abroad for 13 years with her husband.

“Every spring I missed the glorious cherry trees in bloom at home in Vancouver. A Japanese diplomat, Knobu-san, told me about the age-old Sakura Festivals of Japan,” she continued. “Since many of Vancouver’s 40,000 cherry trees originated as gifts from Japan, creating a Vancouver festival struck me as a perfect way to express our gratitude for this generous gift and to celebrate the beauty and joy they bring to everyone.”

Festival events

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

  • When: Thursday, March 30 to Sunday, April 23
  • Where: Various locations throughout the city

Daily Hive is a proud media sponsor of
the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival