What’s sweeter than spring flowers and spring travel?

February 4, 2016

Vancouver's Historic Burrard Bridge

Hibernation is over. People are starting to shake off the cold and the snow. They are searching for places to visit once the weather warms up and the flowers start to bloom. Luckily, there are hundreds of options to put those winter doldrums behind you. Try these three places or head off of the beaten path to find your own unique places to see.

Visitors to Vancouver can enjoy spring earlier than any other parts of Canada. Spring breathes warm air in February. By March the cherry blossoms are soft and full, snowing petals on the ground beneath them. Come and visit British Columbia during the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs from March 21- April 17th this year.  Cherry Jam Concert kicks off the celebrations, which runs for a whole month. There are photography contests, haiku competitions and even a blossom barge. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival and participants are encouraged to plant a cherry tree in honor of the event.

Niagara Falls, Ontario is an all-seasons place for breathtaking beauty. However, spring is especially magnificent when millions of bright yellow daffodils bloom in Queen Victoria Park. Imagine the majesty of the falls, the exploding sound of the water crashing down and splashes of yellow lining the border. Daffodils are not the only flowers to bloom around Niagara, 19,000 springtime flowers also make up the Floral Clock. Nearby, the Centennial Lilac Garden spreads the lovely fragrance of lilacs throughout the town. It is hard to beat the wonderland of Niagara in the spring.

What could be sweeter than spring flowers? Well, how about maple syrup? The Maple Syrup Festivals in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario are a great way to sample some sugary goodness. Many of the farms that produce maple syrup open to the public between March and April. Visitors can watch as the sap is collected, boiled down and made into this delicious treat. You will even get to sample the syrup and candies made right in front of your eyes.

These are just a few spring travel ideas. There are so many other options- wine tastings, spring skiing in the higher elevations, gorgeous drives through the countryside and more.  Plan your spring visit to coincide with one of the many festivals and celebrations, or just get in your car and take an impromptu trip to your new favorite destination. Hike the trails, walk the beaches or stroll the narrow cobbled streets. Be sure to stop and enjoy local flavors as you pass through. Ice wines, yummy poutines and local recipes will have you wishing you could take home a suitcase of the delicious delicacies and delights offered in a particular region.

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