Things to Do in Vancouver in Spring

Springtime in Vancouver is a gorgeous time to be in the city! While it is bittersweet to let go of winter (sad to see the winter sports go, but happy to have daylight at 6 pm again), spring brings greater access to our outdoor spaces, blooming gardens, whale-watching, and some of the city's most beloved annual festivals and special events.

Use this guide to events and activities in March, April,​ and May to find the best things to do in Vancouver in spring.

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Smell the Flowers at Vancouver's Best Gardens

Dr Sun Yat Sen Garden pavilion
Image Courtesy of Dr Sun Yat Sen Garden Society of Vancouver

One of the best things to do in Vancouver in spring is to revel in the return to life of our city's best gardens (many of which are free). Enjoy roses in late-March through April at the Stanley Park Rose Garden, revel in cherry blossoms at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden in April, and see the rhododendrons flourish at Stanley Park's Ted & Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden and at VanDusen Botanical Garden in late-May. For lush greenery and blooms throughout spring, there are the Quarry Gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park and the always-lovely VanDusen Botanical Garden.

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Bike the Blossoms: Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Image Courtesy of Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

For many, its the soft pinks and whites of our 40,000+ cherry trees blossoming every April that really marks the start of springtime in Vancouver. The annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, held each year in April, celebrates the blooms with a variety of events for all ages--including a concert in downtown Vancouver and mini-events at venues across the city, including Bike the Blossoms.

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Play Outside (Again)

things to do in vancouver in spring: camping
Image Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver

It's still raining, but there are more afternoon and evening light and it's not quite as cold as winter, all of which (in relative Vancouver terms) means spring is the time to get outside again: hiking, biking, camping, golfing, kayaking

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Watch the Whales

things to do in vancouver in spring: whale watching
Image Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver & Vancouver Whale Watch

Whale-watching season runs from April - October for Vancouver (and nearby Vancouver Island), making whale-watching one of the best things to do in Vancouver in the spring! Whale-watching in Vancouver includes spotting grey whales (in April and May), orcas, and a wide variety of other sea mammals.

Vancouver whale-watching tour companies include: