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Virtual Tour of Queen Elizabeth Park’s Most Popular Cherry Trees (Interactive Map)

This year, due to COVID-19 outbreak, please stay home and let us bring the blossoms to you.

Click on this interactive map to see the most popular cherry trees at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Map of cherry trees at Queen Elizabeth Park

Enjoy the Queen Elizabeth Park cherry trees online:

If you live in the area and will visit in person, please respect physical distancing.  Cherry scout Lisa L. wrote on the UBC Botanical Garden forum:

“Please beware that this year due to social distancing there is NO vehicular access to QE park from any of the entrances. All are barricaded. You must walk in and up to admire this tree, and please not a lot of people or the park rangers may shut it down. The rangers are patrolling and ensuring that all of us walkers are keeping our distance and not congregating. So please follow the directives and visit discreetly and quietly. NO PICNICS. we will have to wait till next year for that.”

Stay safe!

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The Big Picnic

The atmosphere was very festive for The Big Picnic at the Queen Elizabeth Park.  Hundreds of people gathered under cherry trees to enjoy a community picnic and watch musical performances while Akebono cherry petals quietly fell all around.

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Join us for more fun under cherry blossoms such as Bike the Blossoms and more activities featured on our community events page.

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Spring Lights Illumination

It was a magical evening as Hfour illuminated Queen Elizabeth Park cherry trees for Spring Lights Illumination. Lights were projected on the canopy, lanterns were glowing, and giant mirror balls reflected the blossoms.

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Interpretative dancers performed under the lit up trees. A walkthrough experience allowed visitors to move from under the canopy to various pathways.

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The pathways lead you back to the canopy where you could enjoy more illuminations.

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Thank you for joining us.

Check the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival website to see more information about events and activities.

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Umineko cherry trees at Queen Elizabeth Park

Umineko cherry trees are starting to bloom at Queen Elizabeth Park’s duck pond. These magnificent trees are characterized by big white flowers with round petals. This is  a great location for a picnic.

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Use the VCBF neighbourhood map to find Umineko in your area.

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Queen Elizabeth Park Akebono cherry trees in bloom

Right after work, I went to Queen Elizabeth Park to see the Akebono cherry trees. It was around 5pm. There was about 25 people taking photographs.

The trees near the parking lot look amazing.

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The branches are full of blossoms.

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There’s a park bench so you can sit and have your picture taken next to the the huge trees.

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Queen Elizabeth Park is a wonderful location for a picnic. There’s also a lot of photographers (wedding, fashion) and videographers (someone was filming a tai-chi video when I was there), so be prepared to share the space with a crowd.

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Past the Akebono, you’ll also find a beautiful Somei-yoshino cherry tree:

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This location is definitely worth a visit. If you walk towards the restaurant, on top of the small quarry, you can take an amazing photo of the Vancouver downown skyline.

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Visit Queen Elizabeth Park within the next 7-10 days. For a guided tour, attend our Queen E Tree Talk and Walk on April 3 (date subject to change, so please visit our website for updates).

 

Photos: Jessica Tremblay

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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.

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Umineko cherry trees at Queen Elizabeth park

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These Umineko cherry tress  provide a nice spot for hanami picnic at the Queen Elizabeth park’s duck pond.

 

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From the top of the hill, you get a beautiful view of downtown Vancouver.

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There are lots of blossoms on the trees. Cherry petals are just starting to fall.

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Umineko means “Seagull”, possibly because the edges of the white petals are round, like the wings of a seagull.

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The centre of the Umineko cherry blossoms will turn red before they fall.

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The branches offer a mix of fresh blossoms and older blossoms with red centre.

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In late afternoon, the sun goes through the blossoms.

Visit that location in the next week to have a hanami picnic under these beautiful Umineko trees

 

To learn more about Umineko cherry trees, check out Ornamental cherries in Vancouver.

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Hanami picnic at Queen Elizabeth Park

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A lot of people were enjoying Hanami picnic under cherry trees at Queen Elizabeth park in Vancouver today.

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Akebono cherry trees are in full bloom.

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You’ll find some Akebono trees at the bottom of the parking lot, too.

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A radiant sun through cherry blossoms.

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This is what you see when you picnic under a cherry tree.

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The Akebono cherry trees at the bottom of the parking lot were popular with photographers.

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Along the many Akebono there was one Somei-Yoshino (recognizable by the beautiful trunk, which is not grafted) is the flowering cherry made famous in Japan for cherry blossom vewing (Hanami) festivals, as stated in  Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver, Douglas Justice.

Come visit the cherry trees at Queen Elizabeth Park as soon as possible. The petals are already falling!