Lighter days, warmer temperatures and less darkness

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Springtime in Vancouver offers lighter days, warmer temperatures and less darkness. The streets become alive with cherry and magnolia blossoms. This display often catches a passerby and causes a brief moment to indulge. Over the month of April, the season is celebrated via the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Soon after, the rain begins to transform to a shower of falling blossoms as the season shifts into summer. This transition means that attractions in Vancouver extend their hours:

· Vancouver Aquarium

· Stanley Park Ecology Society

· Pool at Second Beach

· Stanley Park Horse Drawn Tours

· Harbour Cruises

Many of Vancouver’s signature events take place. Key events to mark on your calendar include:

· Bard on the Beach: the annual Shakespeare festival returns in June with four shows: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Cymbeline and Equivocation (by Bill Cain) 
· Theatre Under the Stars: Take in either Shrek and/or Legally Blonde The Musical at the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.

· Canada Day: The focal point for Canada’s birthday occurs at Canada Place - how fitting!

· Celebration of Light: The annual firework competition at English Bay, a mere ten minute walk from Times Square, where you can watch an amazing display with 300,000 friends

· Pride Parade: Times Square is right along the parade route!

Besides the events, summer is peak season for outdoor recreation. This recreation comes in a variety of intensities and mediums. Stanley Park offers the seawall and a variety of walking/biking trails:

· Stanley Park Information: Don’t worry about printing - we have maps available for you

· Ezee Riders: Bike rentals, conveniently located right beside our main entrance!

You can try out stand up paddling or canoe/kayak around English Bay:

· Local rental company at Granville Island, Jericho Beach and (in the summer) at English Bay 

Naturally, there are lots of patios in our neighbourhood if leisure is more your thing!

· The Boathouse: seafood & amazing patio across from English Bay Beach

· Cardero’s: A local favourite, right on the water

· The Teahouse: classic dining inside Stanley Park

· Raincity Grill: Specializing in the 100 mile menu - using ingredients sourced within a hundred miles of Vancouver

· Lift Bar & Grill: a classy restaurant right on the water

· Fish House: local Ocean Wise seafood in the park

One caveat: This year at Times Square is shaping up to be extremely busy. We have many dates that are already sold out or have few rooms left. So it’s a great time to suggest that you make your reservations soon to avoid disappointment!