Cherry blossoms at Nitobe Memorial Garden

Exploring the Signs of Spring at UBC Point Grey

March 13, 2024

As the chilly grip of winter begins to loosen its hold and the days grow longer, there’s anticipation in the air. Spring is just around the corner (temps will soar to 16°C this week!), and there’s no better place to witness its arrival than the beautiful UBC Point Grey. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the lush forest of Pacific Spirit Park, UBC Point Grey offers a stunning backdrop for the awakening of nature. Here’s where you can experience the signs of spring in all their glory:


Nitobe Memorial Garden

Step into the tranquility of the Nitobe Memorial Garden, a traditional Japanese garden that comes alive with vibrant colours in the spring. Cherry blossoms burst into bloom and fall in the pond and pathways, creating a picturesque setting for a leisurely stroll or a moment of quiet reflection. The garden’s meticulously landscaped beds, Japanese symbols, and authentic tea house provide a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of life.

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UBC Botanical Garden

For a more extensive exploration of spring blooms, head to the UBC Botanical Garden. Home to a diverse collection of plants from around the world, the garden showcases a riot of colours as flowers awaken from their winter slumber. From early-blooming rhododendrons (over 400 different kinds!) to the iconic cherry blossoms and fragrant magnolias, there’s something new to discover at every turn. Don’t miss the enchanting David C. Lam Asian Garden, where exotic plants from Asia create a mesmerizing tapestry of textures and hues.

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Take a break from the manicured landscapes of the campus and venture into the wild beauty of Pacific Spirit Regional Park. This sprawling expanse of coastal rainforest offers ample opportunities to witness the rejuvenation of nature in spring. Listen to the melodic chirping of songbirds as they return from their winter migrations, and keep an eye out for other wildlife like bald eagles, owls, salamanders, and more. Keep an eye on the Pacific Spirit Park Society’s website and social media for events like EcoWalks, and venture into the forest at night at Night Quest — only a few spots remain! With over 55 kilometres of trails to explore by hiking or cycling, there’s no shortage of adventures to be had in this natural oasis.

Photo by Martin Dee

Wreck Beach

For those craving a dose of seaside serenity, Wreck Beach beckons with its rugged beauty and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. While the water may still be too chilly for swimming, the beach comes alive with the sights and sounds of spring. Grab a picnic and chill on a log, or soak up the sunshine as you stroll along the sandy shores. It’s one of the best spots in the Lower Mainland to catch a sunset! Just remember to respect the beach’s clothing-optional tradition and follow Leave No Trace principles to preserve its pristine beauty.

Photo by @bridzii on Instagram

Whimsical Cherry Blossoms

No springtime visit to UBC Point Grey would be complete without admiring the iconic cherry blossoms that blanket the area in a sea of pink and white. These delicate blooms herald the arrival of spring and attract throngs of visitors eager to capture the perfect photo. Check out our Instagram to get some tips on where to spot them around UBC Point Grey.


Photo by Martin Dee/UBC Brand & Marketing


As UBC Point Grey bursts into bloom and the air fills with the sweet scent of flowers and the song of birds, there’s no denying that spring has arrived. Whether you’re seeking solace in a serene garden, embarking on a wilderness adventure, basking in the sun with soft sand beneath your toes, or simply enjoying the beauty of cherry blossoms in full bloom, there’s no shortage of ways to embrace the season’s arrival. So grab your camera, lace up your hiking boots, and immerse yourself in the wonders of spring at UBC Point Grey 🌸