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FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010

Weekend Adventurer: Spring Activities in Vancouver

Spring is officially here on March 20th! Celebrate the season by taking a walk in your neighbourhood to enjoy the early flowers, check out some of the Lower Mainland's beautiful gardens and parks, visit the ponds and forests as well as farmyards where you might spy some new additions or sign up for a nature walk, participate in a festival or just take the time to go on a hike and enjoy the great outdoors!

New leaves on trees are a sign of approaching Spring.March 20th is officially the first day of Spring! Although its been an early Spring (more or less) for most of the Lower Mainland with cherry blossoms lining the streets of the city as well as tulips and daffodils. The Heronry in Stanley Park is filling up with nesting pairs and other bird species and animals across the British Columbia are beginning to start their families.

Here are some events and festivals this weekend as well as some places to enjoy Spring throughout the Lower Mainland and surrounding region:

  • GARDENS: British Columbia's West Coast is renowned for its gardens with Spring being one of the best seasons to visit | VanDusen Gardens in Vancouver's Shaughnessy neighbourhood offers beautiful seasonal flora | UBC Botanical Gardens offer pathways with flowers, shrubs and trees | Nitobe Memorial Gardens is a Tea and Stroll garden which is one of the top five Japanese gardens outside of Japan | Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden in Stanley Park has just begun to bloom with dozens of plants in beautiful colours | Vancouver Island's Butchart Gardens are one of the most well known with a wide range of Spring blooms

  • ANIMAL ADDITIONS: What says Spring more than baby animals? Farmyards and ponds in the Vancouver region offer a glimpse at new animal families | Stanley Park Children's Farmyard is home to goats, sheep, ducks, chickens rabbits and more with new young arriving in the Spring season | Maplewood Farms is home to many farm animals and new additions in the Spring! | Lost Lagoon is home to birds and animals with raccoon young, ducklings and even cygnets arriving in Spring | Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta is home to hundreds of birds and their new families | Coombs Country Market on Vancouver Island has many goats and their kids living on the market's roof

  • EVENTS, ACTIVITIES AND FESTIVALS: | You can follow us on Twitter (VancouverLocal) where we tweet about local events, festivals and activities daily | Metro Vancouver has a list of activities run by different municipalities such as nature walks run in the Lower Mainland | As the snow melts, the hikers are beginning to return to the great outdoors - Vancouver Trails offers in depth look at local and regional hikes

Enjoy the signs of Spring, new additions in the forests and ponds, gardens, events, activities and festivals throughout the region that celebrate the season throughout the Lower Mainland as well as the longer days and sun that are sure to follow!

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