The Pacific Northwest spent the winter getting slammed by weather usually reserved for frigid Midwest states and Nor'easter-inundated coastal towns. If any place is ready to embrace visitors willing to bring some spring with them, it's British Columbia.
The flower gardens will just be blooming in Victoria, where a package at
Accent Inns Victoria
with a room and access to Butchart Gardens goes for $140 a night. In Vancouver, meanwhile, the
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
from April 5-28 offers visitors maps of all the best tree walks and a seat for the annual haiku invitationals. The city makes it easier to stop and smell the blossoms by offering a
As SmarterTravel found, the province is teeming with activities including the
Mountain Spring Festival
in Panorama Mountain Village (April 6-9), the spring
in Richmond and the
BC Open Gold Panning Championships
in Cherryville (May 18-20). It also comes fairly cheap at the time, as prebought lift-ticket rates at B.C. slopes drop by 30% or more and a
at the Echo Valley Ranch & Spa that goes for nearly $1,500 in July can be had for $925 through April.