It’s the time of the year again where this beautiful, mesmerizing Cherry Blossoms 🌸 starts to show up all over Vancouver. This is probably one of the most awaited bloom during Spring on top of those colorful Tulips 🌷 all around the ground. It’s time to celebrate the bloom before it is gone.
So let me take you to make favorite spot to stroll and admire Cherry Blossoms, the Garry Point Park in Steveston Village. This is my favorite spot to go during weekends especially during Spring and Summer time. Regardless if there Cherry Blossom or not, Steveston Village is a great spot to spend few hrs on a weekend even just for a short walk, or to grab a meal and stop by the famous Timothys ice cream and gelato place. But today is more about the Cherry Blossoms, if you are interested to explore Steveston more, check out this Steveston Village post. Now, let’s start this Cherry Blossom walk. I’ve prepared a short video as well as a longer full video if you have more time to spare. Let’s go!
Getting to Know Cherry Blossoms
- Peak bloom is usually around April 4. The blooming period can last up to 14 days.
- Each tree may only bloom for up to a week. While cherry blossom season usually lasts about a month, from the time the first to the last tree blooms, each individual tree may only flower for about a week. Trees usually live for 30 to 40 years.
- There are 200 different varieties of cherry blossom.
- They aren’t always pink. The Takesimensis variety, known for its white flowers, is actually more common than you might think in the U.S. Other blossoms change colors throughout the blooming period, such as Ukon, which go from greenish yellow to white before turning pink
- Cherry blossoms are Japan’s national flower
- Picnicking beneath cherry blossom trees is a Japanese tradition
- Cherry blossom festivals celebrate more than just spring. National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C, it is a symbol of friendship between Japan and US
- U.S. cherry blossom trees date back to 1912 – Japan sent the trees to the U.S. to represent goodwill. In 1915, we reciprocated by sending flowering dogwood trees to Japan.
- They make up the best-selling fragrance in the U.S. The top perfume in the U.S. is Bath and Body Works’ Japanese Cherry Blossom. Thirty million units of the mixture of cherry blossoms, crisp pears, mimosa petals, and sweet sandalwood are sold each year.
- Cherry blossoms are said to be native to the Himalayas – According to the Huffington Post, these flowers likely originated somewhere in Eurasia before migrating to Japan.
I am so thankful we had at least 1 sunny weekend so I was able to go to Gary Point Park to witnessed once a gain the pretty in pink Cherry Blossoms all over the place. It is already Spring, the weather is warmer (around 6-10C) but there are still a lot of rainy days in a week. It’s not a heavy rain, but not cozy enough to go out walking in the park. So as soon as I saw the weather is going to be sunny on the weekend, I immediately made my plan to go for a walk in Gary Point Park where the abundance of pink beautiful Cherry Blossoms are in bloom.
I went there around 1:00pm, and as expected because of the nice weather and the Cherry Blossoms in bloom, the park was packed with people taking photos, walking around, or having a picnic in the park. It has been awhile since I saw this much people gathering in one place. Although restrictions had been lifted already, a lot of people (including me) still wears mask when in the middle of the crowd.
It was a sunny chilly day, I came in prepared with just the right amount of layering. I’ve been in this place several times already, Cherry Blossoms or no Cherry Blossoms. This is were I end up when I do my weekend biking from my place.
During Summer, this is a place where a lot of people do picnics, get together and some fly kites here roll. I’ve captured few people flying kites that day.
There are picnic tables in some areas, and a huge amount of water view ground space to put down your mats if you cannot find a table.
You will not have difficulty finding the Cherry Blossoms. As soon as you enter the Gary Point Park, you will immediately see the line up of Cherry Blossoms tree, plus the busy crowd will definitely tell you that you are in the right place.
There’s 3 areas where you can find the Cherry Blossoms, all of which is at close proximity with each other. Just walk and you will see them. One from the main park entrance, by the water and by the parking area. This park over looks the waterfront so it is really nice to walk around, sit on a bench or have a meal (don’t forget to have ice cream too)
ok, that’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I do. Until my next adventure. Bye now!
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