Cherry blossoms are the best part of spring.

While the rest of canada is still struggling with shovels and plows come early spring, Vancouverites are experiencing a snowfall of another variety: cherry blossom petals. But it’s not like we haven’t earned this little hit of natural whimsy. We tough it out through months of flat, all-consuming grey, through fog and sleet and downpours, all for the promise of that light at the end of the tunnel: spring, in all of its blossoming bubble-gum-pink glory. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs April 3 through 29, but you don’t need songs and haikus to celebrate our West Coast flower power—a detour down a side street, beneath a canopy of blooms, is poetry in and of itself.

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