Spring is a season that is especially appreciated in Canada, as the winter snow has started to melt and the weather begins to turn warmer. From the cherry blossom festival to the maple syrup festivals, OROGOLD reviews the best of Canadian spring festivals.
Cherry Blossom Festival, Vancouver
Cherry blossoms are the quintessential symbol of spring, and Vancouver has almost 40,000 cherry blossom trees, received as a gift from Japan. Vancouver’s many parks and gardens are the ideal place to view the pink and white blossoms blooming on all of the trees, and, each year, the Cherry Blossom Festival hosts many different events around the city. From the live, energetic performances at Cherry Jam Downtown, celebrating Vancouver’s heritage, to blossom painting lessons, haiku competitions, photography competitions, tree walks, plenty of food and drink, and much more, these community activities bring people together to celebrate this much-loved season.
Maple Syrup Festivals
Each spring sees the sap starting to run from the maple trees, signalling the start of the process of tapping them and turning the sap into delicious Canadian liquid gold. 85% of the world’s supply of maple syrup comes from Canada, and, each spring, syrup farms around the country open their doors to the public. Activities include tours of the facilities, demonstrations of maple syrup harvesting, games, competitions, and of course, plenty of maple syrup treats to take home with you, from maple candy to maple taffy to maple sugar. OROGOLD recommends finding a farm that offers sleigh rides as a way for visitors to tour the grounds, as this is always an exciting perk, especially if you have children.
Iceberg Festival, Newfoundland
This year, the Iceberg Festival in Newfoundland, known throughout the world as ‘iceberg alley’, will be celebrating its 7th year, with festivities only getting better each year. St. Anthony, at the northern tip of Newfoundland, is the best place to watch the icebergs floating by, with boat tours taking those who are willing to brave the weather out into the water to see the ‘bergs close up. While you watch the magnificent icebergs passing by, enjoy traditional music, entertainment and food, and you may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one of the many humpback whales in the region.
Celebration of Swans, Yukon
The celebration of swans is Yukon’s most anticipated bird festival. Each spring, as the lakes begin to thaw, thousands of trumpeter and tundra swans make their way from southern areas, even as far as Oregon and Colorado, up to the north of Yukon, to an area known as Swan Haven. This beautiful display of nature attracts locals and tourists alike, who flock to the best viewing areas to watch the spectacle and to join in the other festivities, from live entertainment to freshly cooked food to fun and games for the whole family.
After a harsh winter of suffering from the bitter cold, Canadians all over the country welcome the arrival of spring with open arms. From spring festivals that celebrate nature and animals to ones that celebrate local produce, OROGOLD loves the renewed sense of vitality that the season of spring brings to Canada each year.