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Bike the Blossoms
Known as a bike-friendly city, grabbing a bicycle is a popular way for visitors to see Vancouver, whether it’s a leisurely pedal around Stanley Park or a heart-pumping spin through the North Shore’s mountain bike trails. But probably the most beautiful ride you can take is the annual Bike The Blossoms route through Vancouver’s blooming streets during the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.
As cyclists pedal slack-jawed among the petals, they’re led by one of Vancouver Parks Board’s resident arborists, sharing info on the city’s 40,000+ ornamental cherry trees, some of which are gifts from Japan, made up of some 50 different cultivars.
The free Bike The Blossoms ride is held on a Saturday in early April each year, and organized in partnership with Velopalooza. The group meets for the ride over at Trout Lake on Vancouver’s east side, a short distance from the bike-friendly Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station. From there, the route differs each year depending on which streets and neighbourhoods are showing peak levels of blooming beauty. It’s a family friendly event, with blossom-peepers of all ages and cycling abilities welcome.
For more information, visit the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival website.