The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Returns This Spring

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Get out your cameras, the cherry blossoms are coming back!

Every year, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival organizes a number of events to showcase the beautiful blooms around the city. This year the festival is continuing with online programming and self-guided activities to enjoy with your household. 

The festival starts in Spring, and features over 41,000 blossoming cherry trees. These trees were all originally gifted from Japan, dating back to the 1930’s. Today, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival inspires the “coming out of hibernation” with a month long of free public events.

This year, due to the virtual aspects, some events are able to start sooner.  

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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Events To Enjoy

Haiku Invitational

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This is an online contest which encourages people to share a Haiku (story Japanese style poem). The contest awards prizes in six main categories: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, United States, International, and Youth. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival website has tips to get you started. This is being shared online from March 1 – June 1. 

Soundwalk Dance

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Listen to Desirée Dunbar’s sound file on your headphones and let it guide you through an experience the of cherry blossoms. Soundwalk Dance is an immersive movement experience intends to connect you with nature.

BLOOM! for Kids

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An entire educational resource has been curated for elementary school teachers and kids learning from home. Kids can learn about Japanese cultural traditions in spring, the history of Vancouver’s cherry trees, cherry tree botany, haiku, and more. Video and activity kits are included. 

Short Film: In Full Bloom

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In Full Bloom is a film that celebrates the beauty of cherry blossoms in Vancouver. Using the latest technology, including drones, you will be able to virtually stroll along a pathway of cherry blossoms in full bloom. See it like never seen before, the video premieres at the end of April.  

BC Blossom Photo Watch

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Since photos are a large part of capturing the beauty of the cherry blossoms, you can soon submit your best blossom pics to be a part of the virtual mosaic photo collage. Details will be available on the website (to see the mosaic come take shape) or you can use #VCBFx2021 on social media to share your photos. 

Tree Talks and Walks

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The Tree Talks and Walks event is a guided cherry blossom tour. This year it is going virtual, you can go on a virtual tree walk from your home and relish in broadcasts of the blooms. Each stop is paired with a haiku. The various walks available start from various locations including: Marpole, Stanley Park, Strathcona, Downtown & West End, UBC, Queen Elizabeth Park. 


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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2021

Location: Various areas around Vancouver and Online

Admission: Free

Date: Monday March 1st, 2021 - Tuesday June 1st, 2021

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