There’s something special about delicate pink petals floating down from above and carpeting the ground below your feet. And that’s exactly what you’ll experience in a variety of spots across the country come spring. The stunning cherry blossom tree is probably one of the most photogenic (though we’re partial to fall colors as well), and Canada is lucky enough to boast quite a few of these special trees. Here are some spots to start — bring your camera!
Probably the spot with the most fabled history, Vancouver comes to life with color each spring thanks to generous gifts from Japan. In the early 1930s, hundreds of trees were given to the city as a thank you to the Japanese Canadians who served in WWI. Today, the various species of cherry blossoms are both a reminder of that gift, while also adding beautiful bursts of pink to the city with over 40,000 trees.
The prime spots to find these flowers are Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park, Burrard Skytrain Station, and various neighborhoods around the city. You can also check out the Vancouver Cherry Blossoms Festival to really celebrate.
This west coast capital turns from grey to pink each spring when the cherry blossoms burst onto the scene. All over Victoria, visitors can find the fabled blooms. Some favorite spots include James Bay, Beacon Hill Park, Fairfield, South Turner Street, Moss Street, and at the Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Find more info top viewing spots here.
Head to Alberta’s capital city in May for a burst of pink! You can find them at the Fairmont Mac Courtyard, George F. Hustler Memorial Plaza, the French Quarter, the Victoria Promenade, and the Alberta Legislature Grounds. All are pretty picturesque spots for a travel photo to remember.
Head to High Park and you’ll be dazzled by the boundless cherry blossoms. You’ll want to check them out in April or May, and be sure to visit the Hillside Gardens area, where most of the trees can be found. Another hot spot for cherry blossoms are the Toronto Islands where there are 30 trees to wander amongst.
They may be few and far between, but it’s worth trying to track down cherry blossoms in Ottawa. Your best bet is to check out the Central Experimental Farm National Historic Site, but others have had luck in the Ottawa River Valley as well.
The season may be short, but the sight of thousands of petals in Canada’s vibrant cities is worth the visit.