How Canadian neighbourhood comes back to life within a matter of weeks
Pink tulips swaying in the breeze, a canopy of white fragrant cherry blossoms raining petals; spring marks the end of winter and ushers in a cheery sense of optimism. And it’s the kick-off of Canada’s festival season, plus the start of patio socialising at sidewalk cafes from Vancouver to Newfoundland. Here’s how to celebrate the best of spring in Canada.
Vancouver warms up around March although it’s never too cold downtown Vancouver. When spring kicks in around you will find that residents engage in more outdoor events up in the Stanley Park, enjoying a run or walk, gathering for a day on the patio with family and friends on Granville Islands.
Alberta is famous for its end of the season apres-ski but as the snow is replaced by colourful blooms and the trees sprout lush green leaves, there are more to explore with Alberta’s natural wonders, roaming wildlife, and vibrant urban communities.
Saskatchewan major activity for people to do during springtime is golfing. So, don’t be surprised to see neighbours engaging other neighbours in rounds of golf during spring.
Ottawa holds the world’s largest tulip festival as people gather to enjoy the stunning and amazing array of a million tulips all around the city. Neighbours’ show-off their assortment of new flowers and their tidy up gardens creating majestic natural art.
Ontario is a beautiful place to be in the spring. As the winter snow melts and the flowers begin to bloom, it is a time of great hope for many people after the darkness of winter. There are many ways to enjoy the nice weather, including festivals, hiking trails, outdoor tours, and other unique activities. Many different cities and regions in Ontario celebrate the making of maple syrup with tours of sugar bush facilities where sap is harvested and maple syrup celebration festivals where hundreds of pancakes are consumed. Hurry though! Most sugar shacks close down by mid-April, but it’s the perfect way to kick off a lovely springtime. Guinness World Book of Records recognised World’s Largest One Day Maple Syrup festival, the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival is also held on the same weekend.
Québec love to have fun and the “joie de vivre” is contagious. Spring in Quebec brings with it the promise of endless possibilities with diverse festivals and events reflecting people boundless creativity. There is a fragrance of new blooms in the air and the feel of spring is in your steps as the snow and ice gives way to lush green vegetation and a whole new set of outdoor and urban adventures. Head to Mont Tremblant with the family during March and early April for long days of skiing under a blue sky, and lively après ski in the pedestrian village, full of friendly faces and sun-drenched patios. If you decide to do a road trip, you’ll realise that people are out and celebrating with friends and neighbours in in full force.
Newfoundland‘s iceberg watching is one activity not to miss. From April to August, these 10,000-year-old glacial giants are visible from many points along the northern and eastern coasts, especially on clear, sunny days.
The beginning of spring is a peculiar time in Canada after a harsh winter in some provinces, the lush green atmosphere and the change in weather bringing joy to the people. It starts also affects the lives of the people such that communities, neighbourhoods which have to adjust to the new time change. Springtime in Canada is definitely the deconfining period of warm temperatures, flowers blossoming, and the regrouping with friends and neighbours.
How will you enjoy your springtime?