We have scheduled the walks this very late-blooming year as late as we could keeping within the festival dates. Fortunately, these locations all have historical or cultural features of interest in addition to the blossoms, and our leaders will be sure to make the trip worth your while even if we don’t catch the peak bloom at the walk locations. It’s best to keep checking this page for changes.
Cherry Blossom Viewing is a cool sport – please dress for it! Except for the evening talk, there is no need to register for these events – just show up with your boots and umbrella.
- Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7:30pm
- Cedar Room in VanDusen Botanical Garden Administrative Building (closer to the parking lot, not in the Visitor Centre), entrance around the side.
- Presented by Douglas Justice, Associate Director and Curator of Collections, UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research. Douglas brings the cherries to you!
Learn how to identify our cherry cultivars. Registration is requested for this workshop, as seating is limited: send an email to Wendy Cutler.
- April 7, 2017, Friday, 10am to 11:30am
- Meet at the lobby of Hyatt Regency Vancouver at 655 Burrard Street
- Led by Joseph Lin, director of the Green Club of BC. Joseph Lin knows more about Vancouver street trees than maybe anyone, and his enthusiasm is infectious.
- April 8 and 9, 2017, Saturday and Sunday; walks start various times between the hours of 11:30am and 3:30pm
- Include a tour of the garden, with a focus on cherry trees in bloom, as part of your Sakura Days experience. Meet at the Guides’ table just inside the Garden. Note that paid Sakura Day admission is required for this walk
- Presented by VanDusen volunteer guides.
- April 16, 2017, Sunday, 1:30 pm to 3:30pm – This is Easter Sunday
- Walk in the West End; meet at Burrard Skytrain Station, on Burrard on the corner nearest the Hyatt Regency Hotel
- Presented by Wendy Cutler, Cherry Scout Co-ordinator. Wendy has been scouting and documenting the tree locations in these neighbourhoods since the festival began, and she has led several sakura tours.
This walk begins with the singing of Easter Parade, accompanied by ukuleles and you! You may wear your Easter Bonnet for the occasion, and you may play your ukulele. The singing begins at 1:25 sharp (but in tune). Here is a map of the 2016 route, and the words to the song. This is usually a long walk.
- April 17, 2017, Monday, 10am to 11:30am
- Meet outside Fraser Parkade by the Asian Centre, just east of the Nitobe Memorial Garden at 6440 Memorial Rd.
- Presented by Douglas Justice, Associate Director and Curator of Collections, UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research. Douglas wrote the book!
- April 22, 2017, Saturday, 1pm to 2:30pm
- Queen Elizabeth Park, meet at the parking lot (33rd Ave and Cambie) under the west end cherry trees
- Presented by Alex Downie, Park Operations Manager, overseeing the Urban Forestry, Golf Operations, Major Maintenance & Construction, Park Rangers, and Fleet departments, and former Supervisor of Queen Elizabeth Park and Bloedel Conservatory.
A guided tree walk highlighting the many exotic and native trees at Queen Elizabeth Park’s arboretum, founded in 1949, contains tree species from around the world. This walk will focus on the ornamental qualities and garden-worthiness of the wide palette of trees we can grow in Vancouver.
- April 23, 2017, Sunday, 2pm to 3:30pm
- Meet at the Rose Arbour at the Lower Rose Garden, Pipeline Rd, Stanley Park
- Presented by Park Board Superintendent of Urban Forestry, Bill Stephen.
This spot will be a focal point to discover many of the beautiful and unusual ornamental trees and plants in Stanley Park’s Shakespeare Garden. It will also discuss some of the history of the park and how the Park Board balances demands of the public with the need for open green space.