Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get ready for later sunsets, more time outside, and all things cherry blossoms. What’s more, there are plenty of other flower festivals to look forward to – from the Chilliwack Tulip Fest to a Magnolia-focused walk through UBC’s botanical garden. So, if you’re looking for a taste of spring to get you through the rest of winter, this list might just do the trick.

Chilliwack Tulip Festival

While the dates for this year’s Chilliwack Tulip Fest are still up in the air, tulip lovers can get a head start on the season by heading to one of Onos Flower Stands for fresh-cut flowers for Valentine’s Day! Bulbs harvested from last year’s festival were used to produce many of the fresh-cut stems you’ll find there.

Since 2006, the Chilliwack Tulip Festival has allowed guests to roam among more than 20 acres of tulips, with over 25 varieties. As well, there are over 16 types of daffodils to check out every year, giving flower enthusiasts even more beautiful bulbs to admire.

When: Spring 2023 dates TBA
Where: 41310 Royalwood Drive, Chilliwack

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

A festival that likely needs no introduction, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Fest is definitely a bucket list activity for spring if there ever was one. Every year, the city becomes shrouded in pink, and the festival’s organizers bring together community arts, cultural activities, and more to the great outdoors.

Go on a guided tree walk, take part in an international-wide Haiku contest, check out a Japanese fair and traditional tea ceremony, and sample Japanese food and premium sake at the Sakura Days Japan Fair. The sky is the limit.

When: Friday, March 31st to Sunday, April 23rd
Where: Locations around Vancouver

Spring Magnolia Walk with Douglas Justice


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If you prefer magnolias to blossoms, consider going on a Spring Magnolia Walk at the UBC Botanical Garden on Sunday, April 2nd. Tickets are just under $12 a pop, and guests can roam the gardens and learn all about UBC’s extensive magnolia collection, which includes 10-metre tall magnolia trees or larger!

When: Sunday, April 2nd
Where: 6804 South West Marine Drive

See what’s in bloom at VanDusen 

While there might not be an official festival to mark the occasion, VanDusen Botanical Garden truly blossoms come springtime, no pun intended. In March, guests can expect to see early Rhododendrons, Winter Aconite, and Cornelian Cherry Blossoms, and in April, you’ll find magnolias, Japanese Cherry Blossoms, Pacific Dogwood, and more in bloom.

Where: 5251 Oak Street