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Just when you thought this winter couldn't get any longer, it seems that spring is closer than you think. After a rainy and snowy winter, we're excited to see more colour popping up around the city.

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Vancouver is beautiful in all the seasons, and spring is definitely no exception. Vancouver has been top-ranked around the world for it's cherry blossoms, earning it's place beside the ranks of Japan, New York, Spain, Brazil, and more!

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is back next month, which ALSO means that you can start taking all your obligatory spring Instagram pictures next month. Vancouver will soon be coloured pink for spring! The 2017 annual festival will be running from March 30 to April 23.

The festival, presented by the Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation, will feature several events and celebrations for this colourful season, including the free Cherry JamDowntown Concert, the Sakura Illumination at the Queen Elizabeth Park, Sakura NightThe Big Picnic, and more!

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival will also present a neighbourhood map that features the locations of more than 2,100 of ornamental cherries throughout Metro Vancouver. The map shows some of the festival recommended locations for spotting these beautiful cherry blossoms - pretty handy for finding the best places to view (and take pictures) of spring in Vancouver.

For more information and updates on the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, check out their website.

Until then, here are pictures from last year's cherry blossom festival to get you excited.

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