`Spring is the time of rebirth and resurrection. It is the time when everything shines and spreads freshness. The spring season in western countries is the most beautiful to watch. Spring comes in the west coast area of Canada, along with the arrival of beautiful tulips.
The spring season comes early as February and spreads all over the country by April. Officially it begins with 21st March with the flowers blooming and animals coming out.
With the arrival of the spring season in Canada, the country moves into a mood of celebration. Let us see how Canada celebrates its spring season.
1. Festivals of Spring Season.
Spring is the time of celebration, and there is no other better place to celebrate Spring other than Canada. Canada hosts a wide range of festivals during the spring season. Let us see what they are.
1. Canadian Tulip Festival.
The Canadian Tulip Festival held in Ottawa, Canada, during May is one of the largest tulip festivals in the world. More than 650,000 visitors come to experience this treat to the eyes, and a large number of tulips are placed all over the city.
The festival began as a gratitude towards the Canadians by the Dutch Royal family. During the Nazi Occupation in the Netherlands, the Canadians gave shelter to the then future Queen of Netherlands Juliana and her family for three years. As gratitude, they sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa. Eventually, Ottawa became famous for the tulips, and in 1953 the Ottawa Board of Trade and photographer Malak Karsh organized the first Canadian Tulip Festival. This lead to the beginning of the festival.
In addition to the tulips, the festival also featured a series of outdoor music concerts. This continued for many years. But after sometime when the weekends became cold and rainy, the number of visitors decreased. This was a blow for the authorities. The concert was the primary source of money for the festival. By 2006, the festival was almost on the brink of bankruptcy. And the music concerts were canceled.
By 2007, the festival was reorganized under new leadership and focused mainly on promoting international friendship, as that was the reason that leads to the tulip festival. Apart from this, the festival organizes talks by great thinkers of the time, discussing relevant issues of the time.
2. Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.
The city of Vancouver invites the spring season with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. It is a month-long celebration of the pink and white flowers that bloom around the city. These trees were gifts from Japan. The founder of Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Linda Poole, says that the festival is a way to express their gratitude for this gift and also to celebrate the joy and happiness that spring season brings to the country.
Every year the festival takes place during April. The festival begins with the most famous Cherry Jam Downtown Concert. The celebration continues over the month, along with other events like garden tours, guided walks, art demonstrations, and many other activities like the Cherry Blossom picnic and so on.
The best view of the city could be found in Van Dusen Botanical Garden. This place is the stage for the Sakura Days Japan Fair that celebrates the culture, food, and traditions of Japan. This celebration of the Japanese cuisine would be the fundraiser of the festival.
If you only want to get the beautiful view of cherry blossoms, the festival has a few options for you. You can visit their site to get updated on the spots with the best light. There will also be a map with the 2100+ areas around the city where cherry trees are planted.
There is no better way to experience and celebrate the spring season than visit the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. By joining with like-minded people in the Petal Picnic, you can view the parties happening in the parks and gardens of the city. Also, you will be provided with specially-themed lunches for your picnic on payment.
3. Elmira Maple Syrup Festival.
The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival is an annually celebrated spring season festival in Elmira, Ontario, Canada. This festival began on 10th April 1965. When the organizers conducted the event, they only expected around 2500 visitors, but to their surprise, a crowd of about 10000 visitors came. And eventually, the game continued annually. The festival even ranked in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2000 as the world’s largest single-day maple syrup festival with 66,529 visitors in a single day. Visitors from around the world attend the festival annually
The attractions of the festival include pancakes, apple fritters, homemade toffee, log sawing competitions, arts and crafts, sugar bush tours by tractor wagon, and so on. In 2000, the festival served its 500,000th pancake. During the festival, the main street in the city, Arthur Street, is closed for vehicles. Here, shops are set to sell souvenirs and other items. A board organizes this and is run by around 2000 volunteers.
From the start, the profit of the festival is given for charity and not-for-profit organizations. Forty percent of the benefit is given to the Elmira District Community Living, a charity that helps people with disabilities, while the remaining is divided among the organizations.
4. Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival.
Another attraction of the spring season, the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival, is an annual agricultural celebration held in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley during the last weekend of May. This festival was established in 1933 to promote agricultural heritage and traditions. People from Windsor to Digby come together to celebrate this festival every year.
The people who promoted the festival wanted the people to experience the natural environment of the Valley. They also wanted to provide an opportunity to enhance the talent of the local culture by organizing various events.
The region experienced many changes, and as a result, the festival provides many local businesses to promote the local culture and natural environment. Around 300 volunteers come up for the preparation to plan ad participate, which begins months before the festival.
The main events of the festival include Grand Street Parade, Children’s Parade, Coronation for Annapolis, and the Apple Blossom Concert. In addition to this, there is dance, barbecues, old-styled home-cooked dinner at churches and community halls, and other social events throughout the city.
There is also an Apple Blossom Grand Street Parade, which is one of the largest in the whole of Canada, with around 100000 people to join. In addition to this, Canada also witnesses the largest Children’s Parade taking place on Saturday morning before the grand Street Parade.
2. Places to Visit.
In addition to the festivals during the spring season, there are many places in Canada, which provide a visual treat as part of the Spring. Let us see those places.
Vancouver will be the most beautiful and perfect place to visit in Canada during the spring season. The site is jaw-droppingly gorgeous and becomes heaven during Spring. It is filled with parks, mountains, sea, beautiful cherry blossom trees, and so on that, you will be confused as to where to start.
The attractions of the city during the season include a bike ride around the town by Cycle City Tours, takin through places like Stanley Park, Granville Island Public Market, Olympic Village, Chinatown, and Gastown.
There are many famous restaurants in the city. There is Bao Bei, where you get handmade dumplings, crispy daikon cakes, and Sichuan cucumbers. There is another famous Indian restaurant that played host to many people ranging from Justin Trudeau to Harrison Ford.
There are also a lot of festivals that happen during Spring in Vancouver. The most famous one is the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival mentioned earlier. The streets and roads will be covered with the beautiful flowers of the cherry trees. The festival includes a lot of events like arts, bike rides, cherry blossom tours, and so on. It would surely be a treat for you to visit Vancouver during Spring. It remains a must-watch site of the spring season.
2. Victoria, British Columbia.
Victoria is often forgotten during the spring season behind the limelight of Vancouver. But there is so much that you can do here in Spring. Whether you want to run around the tulip field or to have a calm outing in the Spring with family, Victoria is the perfect place.
For nature lovers, the Butchart Gardens and the Hatley Castle and Gardens are the perfect spots. The Butchart Gardens is a 55 acre ground of all things beautiful and bright. The place is a haven of beautiful flowers like tulips, magnolias daffodils. The Hatley Castle and Garden is a fairyland with historical buildings and flowers. It is filled with hundreds of unique flowers from all around the world.
For butterfly lovers, there is Victoria Butterfly Gardens, where you could see a wide range of butterflies. It is situated in a tropical paradise where you can wander around watching exotic flowers, carnivorous plants, frogs, tortoises, flamingos, insects, giant iguanas, and a wide range of colorful butterflies from many corners of the world.
There is also Chinatown and Royal BC Museum for the lovers of architecture. In Chinatown, you can explore around on foot. There are a lot of courtyards and alleyways through which you could walk and explore. These alleys include many theatres and a wide range of restaurants.
The Royal BC Museum shows you the history of the region. The museum allows you to experience Victoria of the 1880s. There is also a First People’s Gallery where you could get close to intricately carved totem poles.
Toronto always has in store something at every time of the year. But there are a few places that are special during the spring season. There are many attractions in central Toronto. There is the Toronto Flower Market, Toronto Zoo, High Park, and Tommy Thompson Park, where you could spend your time usefully.
The beautiful plants and flowers in Toronto Flower Market would light up any room. You can walk around, watching beautiful flowers, and get some of the best plants and flowers in Ontario. The market is active during May and goes on until October. Everything you find in the market is unique. All the flowers you see are grown locally in the same month.
The Toronto Zoo is particularly fun when the weather is warm. The main attraction of the zoo during the spring season are the baby animals and who doesn’t love to watch them. Also, there is a specific time to visit the baby animals, and one must check the schedule before visiting the zoo.
When High Park blossoms in Spring, it is after a long wait since winter. The cherry blossoms would bloom, and the landscapes are cleaned for new planting. There is also a trackless train in High Park in which you can travel around the park. The stops include High Park Zoo, Jamie Bel Adventure Playground, Grenadier Restaurant, Grenadier Pond, and Hillside Gardens.
Spring season is the best time to visit Tommy Thompson Park. This green space in the city is where you find the most significant natural habitat. Toronto is home to dunes, cobble beaches, wildflower meadows, coastal marshes, and so on. The park is the best for bird watching, and you could get guided morning bird walks between April and June and then again between mid-August and mid-November.
4. Halifax, Nova Scotia.
When all other provinces in Canada experience warm weather of blooming flowers during Spring, Halifax experience a damp and rainy climate, even though there is only a little to do, Nova Scotia gives the best experience of Spring.
The springtime is the best to have a road trip to see the places before the tourist season begins. Visitors could drive along the coastline, through the Annapolis Valley or along the Cabot Trail. If the weather conditions are right, you can catch games by the Halifax Mooseheads (the city’s QMJHL team) until the half of May.
Spring doesn’t mean that you can avoid the beach. Winter storms bring a lot of treasures from the ocean. So Spring is the best time for beachcombing. As the place is mostly wet and damp, indoor activities are mostly entertained. There are a lot of museums and art galleries you can visit in the province.
There is a Burger Week taking place in March annually. For one whole week, the restaurants in the entire city provide burgers of various flavors for attractive prices. Following this is a full range of spring season festivals. There is the Halifax Comedy Fest in April, the Scotia Festival of Music in May, and the Shelburne County Lobster Festival in early June.
5. Montreal, Quebec.
The spring season in Quebec is an endless path to activities. You can do a wide range of activities in this place. It ranges from enjoying the maple season to watching the birds.
Springtime is the sweetest season of maple syrup. You can enjoy the sugar season in the various sugar shacks and learn to gather maple sap in the old style. You can also enjoy a feast of traditional Quebec cuisine and walk through the woods, enjoying the enchanting scenery.
Utilize the time you have and enjoy the whole of Montreal on wheels. Montreal has user-friendly bike paths with rentable bikes that could take you around the whole island. You can also practice speed cycling at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the famous formula one race track.
You can enjoy the panoramic view of the city from various spots. There are many spots in the city where you get to see a great picture of the whole place. You can also head to the Citadelle to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. This historic site is famous for its star-shaped formation and its view of the city and St Lawrence River.
6. Banff, Alberta.
The Banff National Park in Alberta has a lot of spring season activities ranging from spring skiing to sightseeing. The best time to visit the park is the spring season.
If you walk around the park, you would know why it was pronounced UNESCO World Heritage Sirte. By early April, places like Tunnel Mountain, Sundance Canyon, and the Marsh Loop become snow-free, and you can walk around watching the situation. Spring is also the time when animals come out of hibernation.
In the heart of Canadian Rockies lies Lake Minnewanka, which is the largest lake in Banff National Park. This lake valley provides the most fabulous and spectacular wildlife sceneries. Walking around, you can learn about the history of the place, along with native folklore and geology. It opens mid-May when the ice has melted.
Even though Nokomis is a destination perfect for the whole year, during the spring season, it is a spectacular watch. By the end of April and the beginning of May, a large group of birds migrates to this place. This place is easy to access to the regions that are popular for activities like canoeing, golf, and hiking.
The Last Mountain Regional Park, 30 km away from Nokomis, has a bird observatory where you can watch the process of catching and banding birds. It is the only place where you can watch bird banding so that they are attached to electronic tags to observe their movements.
3. Things to Do.
1. Spring skiing.
There are many reasons to go skiing in Canada during the spring season. The best part of spring skiing is that the slopes are quieter and shorter and there is more sunlight at this time of the year. The temperature is warm, and you can have a drink in the sun after heavy skiing.
In general, the atmosphere is calm and pleasant. During the spring season, there are high ticket and accommodation deals. During this time, most of the ski resorts open until the beginning or middle of April and finishes the season with skiing competitions and participants jumping into the icy pool of water wearing costumes.
Some other resorts stay open until May for the last set of tourists enjoying the season.
2. Watching Waterfalls.
The spring season is the most ideal time for watching waterfalls in Canada. The melting of the snow by the start of Spring brings a massive current in the flow of water. The roars of the waterfalls are so loud and amazing to watch.
The places could be dangerous too, as due to mist, the waterfalls could be slippery. Especially in Spring, the waterfall flow is higher than the average speed.
Certain precautions must be taken while you go for watching these waterfalls. Be careful to wear footwear with a good grip, and no flip flops are allowed. Stay away from the ledge above the waterfall and to keep an eye on where you step. Also, make sure that you don’t climb around the waterfalls.
3. Whale watching.
Whale watching is another attraction of the spring season. As the temperature goes down, the whales come to Canada’s shoreline.
It is more specific in Tadoussac, Quebec, where around eleven species of whales come to the shore. The whale watching in Tofino, British Columbia, goes on for a long time as the tourist season starts as early as March.
Whale watching in Spring is quite easy as, during this time, there are fewer boats and quieter tour boats on the water. Also, in the ocean, the climate would be colder than on land. So one must make sure to carry the proper gears.
With the arrival of the spring season, the season of hiking also begins. In various provinces, the time of hiking is different. But sea level hiking takes place usually in May.
With a temperature warmer than usual, British Columbia would be the perfect place for hiking. Nova Scotia will be the next in line with the wind of the ocean, keeping the climate warm.
People going for hiking should keep in mind that there are many unavoidable hazards like mud, slippery rocks, and an occasional snowfall. So the necessary precautions must be taken.
5. Victoria Day.
Other than Easter, another Canadian holiday during Spring is Victoria Day. It is held on the last Monday before 25th May. It is observed as a federal holiday to commemorate Queen Victoria’s birthday.
Victoria Day is always the first weekend to go camping. Also, an excuse for a drink! Some cities even arrange fireworks and displays.
Since 1845, Victoria Day is celebrated in Canada and is a holiday in every province and territory except in Quebec. In Quebec, it is marked as National Patriots’ Day.
Apart from these, there are many exciting celebrations and activities during the spring season in Canada. If you know more, let us know below in the comments.