Photos Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Burrard skytrain station

It was cloudy when I visited the akebono cherry trees at Burrard skytrain station, but at least it wasn’t raining.

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I was surprised to find the future location of our Cherry Jam (March 24) in full bloom!

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The branches are full of blossoms.

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It was fun to take pictures of the blossoms against the surrounding downtown buildings.

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Cherry blossoms are already falling, so hurry up to visit that location.

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If you’d like a guided tour of the Downtown/West-End cherry trees, join our Cherry Talk and Walk this Saturday March 12 2016 1.30-3.30 with Wendy Cutler. Meet at Burrard skytrain station.

Photos: Jessica Tremblay

Cherry Scouts Photos

Cherry Tree Talk and Walk – Downtown, West End, Stanley Park

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A group of  40 people met at the Burrard skytrain station today at 2pm for our first Cherry Tree Talk and Walk of the season!


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The Akebono cherry trees were in full bloom at the Burrard skytrain station.

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Our second stop was the Governor’s Plaza (behind Urban Tea Merchant) where more Akebono trees greeted us.

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The group stopped to admire an art exhibit (featuring dancing umbrellas) in a window.

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But cherry trees were the star of the show, especially along the seawall.

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Wendy Cutler, the leader of the walk, brought us to see many beautiful Akebono cherry trees blooming in courtyards of downtown condos.

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Nothing more beautiful than cherry trees next to the water. We stopped there to rest a few minutes.

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We saw lots of beautiful cherry trees, including some Umineko, Accolades and  Shirotae (white blossoms with green leaves) which are starting to bloom. We walked to Stanley park and the walk finished at the heronry at 4pm. It was a lovely walk.

One of the questions that came back often was: Do cherry trees give cherries? The answer is: no. Our Vancouver trees are ornamental cherry trees.

Check out our schedule to join our next Tree Talk and Walk.

Cherry Scouts Photos

Queen Elizabeth Park: Akebono cherry trees are full of buds

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The Akebono cherry trees at Queen Elizabeth park are not in bloom, yet.

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The trees are full of buds.  Flowers should open in the next 7-10 days.

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Still, there was people having a picnic under the cherry trees including under the somei-yoshino tree (right picture).

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On the lower parking lot level, this park bench will be a sought-after spot in a week or two.

Cherry Scouts Photos

Akebono cherry trees blooming at Burrard skytrain station

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The beautiful Akebono cherry trees are in bloom at Burrard skytrain station.

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The trees will be in bloom for another 7-10 days.

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Lots of benches for a quick hanami lunch, but expect a lot of activities and photographers.

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When Akebono start blooming, you can see one of their main characteristics: some Akebono cherry blossoms have a sixth incomplete petal growing. This petaloid will fall a bit later, that’s why it’s important to visit the trees early if you want to identify them as Akebono (as opposed to Somei-Yoshino).

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Burrard skytrain is one of our favorite locations Downtown.  Because the trees are blooming earlier this year, we’ve added cherry talk and walk (Downtown and Stanley park) on Saturday March 14 2015 2-4pm





Cherry Scouts Photos

Akebono cherry trees at Burrard skytrain


The beautiful Akebono cherry trees are full of buds at Burrard skytrain station.

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Some flowers are out already.

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The location should be in full bloom within 2-3 days.

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Plan to visit soon when the blossoms will open.


Akebono at Burrard Skytrain Station


The Akebono cherry trees are blooming at the Burrard Station (and everywhere in Vancouver!)


Under the pink canopy, people are taking pictures, having lunch or doing plein-air painting.



The branches are filled with blossoms.


Akebono cherry blossoms are naturally photogenic.


A beautiful afternoon for cherry blossom viewing!


Burrard Station will be home to our Cherry Jam concert, Thursday April 3,  from 12.00-1.30! Join us for an afternoon of music, dance and poetry!

12pm              Welcome by Linda Poole and Norma Reid
12:05pm         Tetsu Taiko (20 minutes)
12:28pm         Haiku Bard by Christopher Gaze (8 minutes)
12:36pm         Michael Averill (15 minutes)
12:50pm         Yayoi Theatre Movement (15 minutes)
1:10pm           Vancity Soran (15 minutes)


Vancouver Club (915 W. Hastings)

One of the joys of cherry blossom viewing is discovering new trees and location.


These two beautiful Akebono cherry trees are located outside the Vancouver Club (915 W. Hastings).


The trees are medium-size and have a lot of character.


Branches are drooping under the weight of blossoms.


You can get really nice close-ups.


If you love cherry blossoms and heritage buildings, you should visit this location within the next week.


Burrard Station Update

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At the Burrard skytrain station there are lots of cherry buds right now but only a  few cherry blossoms are open.

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The Akebono cherry blossoms should be open by the end of this week.

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