Spring has arrived. Here's what it looks like across the country

It's the first day of spring. That means warmer temperatures, blooming flowers and summer are on the way. But that's not quite the case in every part of the country. Here's what the start of spring looks like across Canada.

Snow, sun and ice melt from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador

The look of spring, from coast to coast. A fisher takes a moment earlier this week along the Kloiya River in Prince Rupert, B.C., while a man fetches a pail of lake water Sunday morning at Ten Mile Lake on N.L.'s Northern Peninsula. (Photos courtesy of Phil Cornwall/Janel Genge)

It's the first day of spring. That means warmer temperatures and blooming flowers as well as summer are on the way. But that's not quite the case in every part of the country.

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are getting ready for a spring storm with snow, ice pellets and freezing rain on the way, while parts of Nunavut are digging out after a three-day blizzard.

We asked you to send us some of your best some spring snaps and you delivered. Here's what the start of spring looks like in different parts of Canada.


The capital city of Iqaluit is recovering after a nasty 50-hour blizzard that broke a water main and produced windchill temperatures of -45 C. Several cars were left in ditches and some front doors and cars were completely snowed in.

Yes, there is a car buried under there. It belongs to Annie Salluviniq Mullin. (CBC)

The forecast for Iqaluit on the first day of spring? A little bit more snow and a high of –17 C.

British Columbia

It's another beautiful day out on the west coast, with temperatures going above zero across most of the province. There were sunny skies in Kamloops.

In Lower Kootenay, the thaw continues. Resident Kathryn Ryches told CBC News that the "snow is mostly gone and everything is brown."

Meanwhile, cherry blossoms and flowers have started blooming in Vancouver, where these photos were taken earlier this week.

Having a ball with the "Bubble Man" at Sunset Beach in Vancouver. (Wayne Gilmartin)
Daphne flowers bloom while a person runs along the False Creek sea wall in Vancouver. (Steven Godfrey)

The Prairies

There's a range of temperatures across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, from double digits in Calgary to below zero in the northern parts of the provinces. Much of the snow on the ground is melting. In Winnipeg, the weather is mild and "bang-on seasonal."

It's a mild start to Spring in Winnipeg, with a high of 1 C and no wind. (Ryan Cheale/CBC)

It may be the first day of spring, but there's still glimpses of winter in different parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

A mountain bluebird rests on barbed wire near Provost, Alta. recently. (Photo courtesy of Peter Luedemann)


It was a relatively mild winter in the province that felt more like spring. The Moir family in Nepean, Ont. celebrated the start of the new season by skating in their back yard — the vast majority of which they turned into a rink. It's still frozen solid.

The Moir family's giant backyard skating rink is still going strong on the first day of spring. (Emily Ridlington/CBC)

Prince Edward Island

This pooch from the south shore of P.E.I. is all bundled up and prepped for the spring storm on the way out east.

Environment Canada says the low pressure system moving up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard Sunday will cross the Maritimes on Monday as it heads toward Newfoundland.

Newfoundland and Labrador

It's still very much winter in parts of Newfoundland, like the Northern Peninsula.

Janel Genge took this photo on Sunday morning at Ten Mile Lake on the Northern Peninsula. She wrote, "Dad fetching some water from the lake on this first day of Spring!" (Submitted by Janel Genge)

Spring is thought to be a time for new beginnings and a new start. N.L.'s Maple the Mobile Goat took that literally, giving birth to three baby goats on Sunday. Happy spring!

Some brand new baby goats, born on the first day of spring. (Submitted by Steve McBride)

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