Spring in Canada is a magical time when temperatures are rising and flowers are starting to bloom. A whole host of warmer weather activities present opportunities to get out and explore the great Canadian outdoors. While in many ski resorts you can still hit the slopes well into April and even May, so there really is something for everyone.
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Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom Festival
Spring in Vancouver, British Colombia, is heralded by the blooming of the city’s many cherry blossoms. This has become such a welcome part of the Canadian calendar that in 2006 the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival was born. Attendees can visit the city’s VanDusen Botanical Gardens, the spiritual home of the festival, or take a walking or bike tour of the most picturesque Vancouver neighbourhoods in bloom. Maps and further information is available via the festival website.
The Cherry Blossom Festival runs throughout April, with many programmes and activities including educational talks and live music performances. The festival’s underlying goal is to embrace and celebrate the beauty all around those lucky enough to call Vancouver home or visit the city – a beauty that is no more apparent than in the spring.
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Getting out and about
Across Canada people are packing up their cars and taking the first opportunity to hit the road and spend a little time out of town, now that winter has drawn to a close. In the more mountainous regions there are hiking, mountain biking and horse riding trails that were previously impassable in winter, but now the snow is melting it’s time to start enjoying the great outdoors again. If hiking and riding sound a bit too energetic for you, there are many other less strenuous activities you can enjoy in during the Canadian spring. Taking a wine tour of one of Canada’s many wine regions is a good example, perhaps to the Okanagan Valley or the Niagara region in Ontario.
Fishing is a very popular springtime activity in Canada.
Fishing is another very popular springtime activity in Canada. Many types of fish are in season at this time of year, the most popular being trout, bass and the Canadian favourite, salmon. Make sure you do your research in advance, to make sure you have the correct licence and know the limits in terms of the size and number of fish you can catch. Each province will have it’s own rules and website, for example if you’re heading to British Colombia visit fishing.gov.bc.ca, while if you’re in Ontario visit the Ontario Fishing Network.