Enjoy the Smells, Sounds and Sites of Spring

Enjoy the Smells, Sounds and Sites of Spring

Check out some exciting and fun things to do in your area now that the weather is warming up!


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As the cold temperatures finally begin to ease and the sharp bite of winter gives way to the sunshine of spring, there’s growth and renewal to enjoy across Canada. One of the most eagerly anticipated signs of the changing seasons is nature’s expansive blooming, with new life visible from coast to coast.

We’ve all enjoyed the spring cherry blooms, seeing more people outdoors and the warming weather. And even though some of those blossoms have begun to fall, that doesn’t mean the spring fun is over. Here are a few not-to-miss activities for May and June, if you’re ready to make the most of the rest of spring.

And remember, since you’re going to be spending more time outdoors, you’re going to need to start using more sunscreen. Olay’s All-Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen is a great choice.

Spring in Bloom

There’s plenty of floral beauty to find at the Canadian Tulip Festival, which takes place in Ottawa each May. Nearly one million bulbs are planted every year in the region, and the family-friendly event boasts activities and entertainment for all ages and nationalities – including parades, music and fireworks.

And when you get home – or when next winter rolls around – relive some of those great scents with Febreze.

Around the World in a Weekend

If you’d like to experience a little bit of everything the globe has to offer, Carassauga is a multi-cultural festival highlighting the food, culture and traditions of more than 70 countries around the world. Connect with people with a common heritage or be introduced to other exciting art, music and literature from around the world. This event lasts for three days and takes place in late May in Mississauga – a city in southern Ontario.

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Honor Asian Heritage Month

For spring activities with more of a community focus, many cities across Canada plan a robust collection of events during the month of May in honor of Asian and South Asian Heritage Month. Throughout Toronto, look for a number of youth celebrations, art and photography exhibits, and festivals at parks and recreation locations. In Alberta, the Asian Heritage Foundation celebrates the diversity of the Asian-Canadian population with series of culturally engaging events called ImaginASIAN.

For the fresh scent of spring anytime at home, consider kicking off the season with delicious smelling shower and bath products appropriate for the warming weather, such as Pantene Pro-V’s NatureFusion shampoo with melon extract or Herbal Essences Happy Go Lather body wash with romantic rose formulas.

Dragon Boat Race Festival

This non-profit festival highlights the multiculturalism of Canada through the tradition of dragon boat racing. It focuses on the benefits of healthy living and exercise, and partners with several local and national organizations for two days of fun and celebration. The event is June 18th and 19th and you can find more information at the Dragon Boat Race Festival website. There are several separate races throughout the greater Toronto area. There are similar Dragon Boat Race events in Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal. And check your local paper or town website for any local celebrations that may be going on now or in the future.

Stunning Cinema

The International Film Festival of South Asia (IFFSA) is the largest South Asian film festival in North America. This year it runs from May 19th through May 23rd in Toronto and includes workshops, movie premiers, galas and much more. It will highlight more than 80 films in more than 11 different languages, so there is sure to be something for everyone.

No matter which activities you choose, it’s a perfect time to celebrate the end of winter and the anticipated sunshine of spring.

Let us know what your spring plans are in the comments below!

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