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Nanaimo's Spectacular Spring Colours

Updated on February 6, 2015

Nanaimo Explodes into Colour!

Canadians love their seasons in a way that folks further south just won't understand. There are even places in California that don't have any seasons :-)

Vancouver Island, however, is a Lady that changes her dress as often as she can, and her Spring and Fall wardrobes are spectacularly beautiful.

Nanaimo sits on the east coast of Vancouver Island, facing the lower mainland and Vancouver across 30 miles of ocean. The weather has been quite mild for the past 25 years (I'm trying to forget last winter!), and we've become accustomed to a riotous display of colour every Spring, as these photographs attest.


Beban Park Rhododendron

A young Rhododendron peeks out from a nest of shrubbery that almost completely obscures it from view in Nanaimo's Beban Park complex.

A Magnificent Weeping Cherry

This gorgeous tree takes my breath away. (I liked it so much I planted one in my front yard.

Beban Park Tulips - Ever Changing, Always Beautiful

Our Poppies - Color Explosion In The Back Yard

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Wild Rose

Not Quite Ready For Prime Time - This rhododendron, from the Hailey Rhododendron Grove, isn't quite ready to blossom...

Hailey Rhododendron Grove

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OXYDENDRON arboreum - ...a fiery shrub common to the Nanaimo area.

Did I Say "Shrub?"

The Oxydenron Arboreum can also attain tree proportions, as this example from my Nanaimo's Spectacular Fall Finery website.

A Residential Landscape

This Vancouver Avenue yard reveals an explosion of Spring colors!

Maffeo-Sutton Park

This lovely display greets visitors as they enter Maffeo-Sutton Park.

Pacific Dogwood - Cornus nuttalii - BC's answer to the Magnolia

British Columbia's Provincial Flower can be found throughout the province.

Cornus nuttalii

Beautiful Purple Magnolia


This gorgeous Magnolia is just around the corner from my Nanaimo home. It's one of three on the street.

More Hailey Rhododendron Grove

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oops, I guess I left too soon, my granddaughter was visiting your beauty with me and just had to come back to take another peek at her request.."Oh so beautiful, Grandma!".

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nanaimo Explodes into Colour in the spring for a wonderful delight to the senses, beautiful and blessed!

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      flicker lm 6 years ago

      Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing them.

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      Very pretty photos!

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Blessed by a gardening grandma Squid Angel.

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Ken, thanks for a wonderful peek at Spring on the Vancouver coastal island of Nanaimo. It's been a strange snowless winter in Vermont, US this year but mud season and maple sugaring are winding down and we're looking forward to Miss Spring's fancy Easter wardrobe in a few weeks.

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      AlokaRuwanpathi 6 years ago

      The best thing that I've ever seen!! Great images!!! Thanks for the lens.

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      missroxa lm 6 years ago

      Great images! Nature just leaves me breathless in spring! Thank you for "feasting" my eyes with such beauties...

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      zafeyry 6 years ago

      I liked your pictures, but spring for me means allergies :/

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      Harriet 6 years ago from Indiana

      This lens is stunning. What great images of spring.

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      bjslapidary 6 years ago

      Wow! Lovely trees. I love the weeping cherry. I have a weeping crab apple. Beautiful.

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      Melody Lassalle 6 years ago from California

      Beautiful photos! I love Spring :)

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      Kay 6 years ago

      Beautiful photos. I love those weeping cherry trees. So beautiful.

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      Genesis Davies 6 years ago from Guatemala

      Beautiful shots! I do miss having proper seasons and I really miss daffodils . . . I'm originally from Saltspring Island, so very familiar with Nanaimo. These days, however, I live in Guatemala where we get a dry and a wet season!

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      flycatcherrr 6 years ago

      Beautiful photographs - you west-coasters sure do have the edge on climate! I may have to wait a while yet, but ours are coming... and I have a lovely huge Quince shrub that looks exactly like your Wild Rose, so that will have to compensate for lack of Magnolia glories. :)

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      gamrslist 6 years ago

      beautiful lens thankyou

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      getmoreinfo 6 years ago

      This is a great lens I like the information and will be coming back to read more of your work.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I wish I had a big park around our house. Nice lense.

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      tifebrown 6 years ago

      Nanimo... what a beautiful place. Keep on posting pics, I really enjoy them!

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      TrialError 6 years ago

      Vancouver Island really is beautiful in the spring. Thanks for the wonderful pictures.

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      gamrslist 6 years ago

      cool lens thanks

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Beautiful pictures. Hurry Spring!!

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      flicker lm 6 years ago

      Nicely done! So refreshing to see all the lovely trees and flowers.

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      curious0927 6 years ago

      Breathtaking! Wonderful lens, Spectacular! and Blessed! Congrat's on the FP,,a few days or week's now I think! Nominating for LOTD!

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      Anahid LM 6 years ago

      beautiful flowering trees I love them , I know how beautiful they are I live in the pacific north west. Al the best Anna

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      seosri417 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens...

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      Namymartyn 6 years ago

      The most beautiful lens - thank you for sharing it.

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      Jadimon LM 6 years ago

      Great photo's! Thanks for reminding me of the beauty and promise of spring.

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      seojyo 6 years ago

      beautiful pics

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      AJ 6 years ago from Australia

      I just loved wandering through your beautiful colours. So uplifting!

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      Pretty! Nice photos!

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      I had a weeping cherry in my yard and just loved it. The flowers were beautiful and it was something to behold each time it bloomed.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      The pictures are lovely.

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      SteveKaye 6 years ago

      What a beautiful display of color! Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      cajkovska lm 6 years ago

      What a beautiful photos!Thanks.

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      Lindrus 6 years ago

      Wonderful spring photos!

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      macsquared 6 years ago

      Oh wow, this place looks amazing! Thank you for sharing these photos!

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      Rock Artist 6 years ago

      Gorgeous pictures, thank you for a wonderful lens!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 6 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      What a beautiful place to live! I love those grandmother's garden was full of them in Long Island, NY...brings back memories.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Absolutely loved all the photos! spring is such a wonderful time of the year... :)

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Beautiful colors of spring.

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      Lovely photos! The early flowers was the only thing that kept me sane during my oh-so-soggy winter on Vancouver Island. :)

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      hirephp lm 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens thanks for sharing on squidoo

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful colors here indeed ... *blessed*

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      navalava lm 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Such a beautiful plants.

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      wheresthekarma 6 years ago

      The weeping cherry is soo beautiful!!

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      MelonyVaughan 6 years ago

      Simply stunning! Spring always produces the most beautiful blossoms!

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      Congratulations on being featured! What a beautiful explosion of spring. I love it! Blessed.

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      MariaMontgomery 6 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Beautiful flowers and a beautiful lens. Thanks for the tour.

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      RazzbarryBreeze 6 years ago

      Your lens is just beautiful. Your photos and slide shows are simply gorgeous!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Beautiful, beautiful lens! I now live in Vancouver, but I lived on the island for a couple of years. I have seen these beautiful flowers in "real life" and they are wonderful.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Beautiful, beautiful lens! I now live in Vancouver, but I lived on the island for a couple of years. I have seen these beautiful flowers in "real life" and they are wonderful.

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      When I get my sweater out, the season has changed in Southern California.

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

      Just beautiful photos! Happy April Fools Day, blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      Gorgeous- can't wait for springtime now -:) Here's some fairy dust from the Travel BC Angel -:)

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      ctavias0ffering1 9 years ago

      Beautiful photos 5*


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