Easter in Metro Vancouver
Below you’ll find what typically happens in and around Metro Vancouver including Easter egg hunts and other fun things for children, activities for both adults and families, and recommendations on where to go for your Easter brunch.
Note: Details are subject to change. Check event websites for exact details.
The following are Easter activities in Burnaby:
- Easter Egg Hunt & Loonie Swim – an egg hunt and swim for $1 from noon until 1:30 pm at the CG Brown Memorial Pool at 3702 Kensington Avenue (to be confirmed for 2018).
- Family Favourites Movies – The animated film Hop about the Easter Bunny shows for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres including in Metrotown at 4700 Kingsway at 11 am on Saturday, March 31, 2018 (rated PG).
The following are Easter activities in the Fraser Valley:
- Easter Scavenger Hunt and Egg Scrambler – takes place at Fort Langley on Sunday, April 1, 2018. The Egg Scrambler activity is for children age 5 and under. The scavenger hunt is for children of all ages.
- Easter Egg-Stravaganza – Easter activities at Maan Farms at 790 McKenzie Road in Abbotsford. The event takes place over the Easter Weekend, likely from around 11 am to 3 pm each day. The cost is usually around $9.50 per child and free for parents. 2018 details are to be confirmed.
- Easter Egg Hunt – Easter activities at Kilby Farm at 215 Kilby Road in Harrison Mills from 11 am until 3 pm on March 31 and April 1, 2018. Activities include crafts, face painting and visits with the attraction’s farm animals. The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for youth and free for children under 5 years of age. Reservations can also be made for Kilby Farm’s traditional turkey luncheon.
In 2017 there was also the following (and so there might be something similar in 2018):
- Easter Festival at Township 7 – Easter activities at Township 7 Winery. Activities included a petting zoo, face painting, live entertainment and an egg hunt. Cost was $15. Also, on the Easter Weekend there was Easter chocolate and wine pairing for adults for $8.
The following are Easter activities on the North Shore:
- Easter Paintball Egg Hunt – an Easter Sunday event with a military twist and up to $10,000 worth of prizes at North Shore Paintball in North Vancouver. It usually takes place on Good Friday with registration at 9 am, but get there earlier. The event includes about 2000 hidden eggs with prizes and the cost is $25 plus extra for guns and ammunition. (2018 details to be confirmed.)
- Britannia Mine Easter Hunts – the mining museum up the Sea to Sky Highway at 1 Forbes Way offers a day of Easter Dino Egg Hunts on Sunday, April 1st, 2018.
The following are Easter activities that take place in Richmond:
- Easter at the Cannery – at 12138 Fourth Avenue at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village on the weekend of March 31 and April 1 in 2018. The cost is $4.90 for children ages 2 to 16 years and $3.90 for adults (ages 17+). Activities include salmon egg hunts, Easter crafts, storytelling and face painting. It’s a fairly simple affair to complement the attraction’s regular museum displays.
- Family Favourites Movies – The animated film Hop about the Easter Bunny shows for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres on Saturday March 31, 2018, including at SilverCity Riverport at 14211 Entertainment Way at 11 am (rated PG).
In 2017 there was also the following (and so there might be something similar in 2018):
- Easter Bunny Fest – real rabbits, crafts and family-friendly activities at the Richmond Auto Mall at 13340 Smallwood Place. Free shuttle service to and from area shopping malls. Admission by donation with proceeds benefiting Rabbitats. (to be confirmed for 2018.)
The following were Easter activities in Surrey from 2017:
Easter Skates – a number of Easter-themed ice-skating events take place in 2018 including the following:
- South Surrey Arena – skating with the Easter Bunny at 2199 – 148th Street from 1 until 3 pm on Saturday, March 24th.
- Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex – at #110-16555 Fraser Highway there’s a family skate from 11 am until 12:30 pm and then a public skate from 1 until 2:30 pm.
Easter Bash Swims – Easter bunny visits, egg hunts, crafts and games take place at the following times and venues:
- Guildford Recreation Centre – at 15105-105th Avenue from 1:30 until 3:30 pm on Saturday, March 31, 2018.
- North Surrey Recreation Centre – at 10275 City Parkway from 1:30 until 3:30 pm on Saturday, March 31, 2018.
- South Surrey Indoor Pool – at 14655-17th Avenue from 1:30 until 3:30 pm on Saturday, March 31, 2018.
- Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex – at 16555 Fraser Highway from 1:30 until 4:30 pm on Sunday, April 1, 2018.
- Newton Recreation Centre – at 13730-72nd Avenue from 1:30 until 4 pm on Sunday, April 1, 2018.
- Bear Creek Easter Train – train rides, egg hunts and visits with the Easter Bunny at Bear Creek Park in Surrey from 10 am to 6 pm on the Easter weekend. Cost is $10 per person and 2018 dates are March 30-31 and April 1-2.
The following are Easter activities in Vancouver in 2018:
- Stanley Park Easter Train – on the Easter Long Weekend from 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets for the train ride are $6 plus GST per person. Other activities for which tickets can be purchased include mini golf, face painting, Easter egg hunting and meeting the Easter Bunny. 2018 dates are March 22nd to 25th and March 29th until April 2nd. Trains also run on the weekend of March 17th and 18th, but without the extra Easter activities.
- Easter Eggstravaganza at Renfrew – face painting, craft activities, games and an Easter egg hunt from noon until 3 pm on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Renfrew Park Community Centre at 2929 East 22nd Avenue. Cost is $5 for all activities or $2 excluding the egg hunt. Egg hunts take place at 1, 1:30, 2 and 2:30 pm and pre-registration is required.
- Big Bunny Run & Egg Hunt – on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Jericho beach. Young children, kids in strollers and Easter costumes are all welcome.
- Easter Bunny Party at TLCC – an Easter egg hunt and opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny at the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive from 10 am until 12 pm. Mikes Critters will also be on site. Cost is $5 per child and advanced registration is required (Saturday, March 24, 2018).
- Easter at TLCC – family-friendly activities including a bouncy castle, crafts and games at the Trout Lake Community Centre from 10 am until 12 pm. Free, but pre-registration is required (Monday, April 2, 2018).
- Family Favourites Movies – The animated film Hop about the Easter Bunny shows for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres including at International Village Cinemas at 88 West Pender Street at 11 am on Saturday, March 31, 2018 (rated PG).
- Easter Vintage Car Rally – a gathering of over 90 vintage vehicles at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre from 10:30 to 1 pm on Sunday, April 1, 2018.
- PlayDome – amusement rides and midway games at the indoor carnival at BC Place Stadium take place from March 28th until April 2nd. It’s not an Easter event, but it is lots of fun.
The following activities took place in 2017 and will likely take place again in 2018 (but details to be confirmed):
- Great A-Maze-ing Egg Hunt – Easter activities for children ages 1 to 10 at set times between 10 am and 1 pm at VanDusen Garden most years. (2018 details to be confirmed.)
- Easter Bash at Broadway Church – a free event with over 20,000 Easter eggs, a petting zoo and carnival games from 11 am until about 1 pm at 2700 East Broadway. (Takes place most year. 2018 details to be confirmed.)
The following are Easter activities in the Delta region most years:
- Easter Parade – a tiny community procession and Easter egg hunt for children in Delta starting at noon at the Delta Museum on April 1, 2018 (to be confirmed).
- Egg Hunt and Fun Fair – there were free pictures with the Easter Bunny and egg decorating opportunities on the Easter Weekend at Tsawwassen Mills mall in 2017. The Fun Fair featured over 20 rides and games. Wristbands for unlimited rides all day cost $35. (2018 details to be determined.)
The following are Easter activities in other parts of the Lower Mainland:
- Easter Extravaganza Event at the Museum – an Easter egg hunt and entertainment at the Port Moody Station Museum at 2734 Murray Street takes place from 10 am until 2 pm on the Easter Sunday (so on April 1st in 2018).
- Easter in Queen’s Park – there is often a petting zoo, crafts, face painting and visits with the Easter Bunny at Queen’s Park in New Westminster on Easter Sunday with admission by donation. (2018 details to be confirmed.)
- Family Favourites Movies – The animated film Hop about the Easter Bunny shows for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres including at the theatre in Coquitlam at 170 Schoolhouse Street at 11 am on Saturday, March 31, 2018 (rated PG).
Whether you’re young or older, the following are activities everyone can enjoy:
- Cherry Blossom Viewing – the blossoms are finally out and there’s a lot to admire over the Easter Weekend. Check out the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival for information on cherry blossom-related events and a map of where to find the best blossoms.
- Enjoy the Outdoors – if the weather is good, go for a stroll or cycle along one of Vancouver’s best places to walk, jog or cycle. Or go exploring at one of Vancouver’s best places in parks and nature. Take a picnic, enjoy the blossoms and admire the early spring flowers (while thinking of all your poor friends still recovering from winter in other parts of the country).
- Live Entertainment – enjoy some live entertainment in town, whether that be the Vancouver Canucks playing hockey at Rogers Arena, or a play or concert at various locations. Check out Vancouver Shows and Entertainment to see what’s on in town.
- Vintage Car Easter Gathering – the Vintage Car Club of Canada’s Vancouver Chapter has its annual Easter touring event on Easter Sunday. Starting at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre‘s parking lot at 1 pm, the procession heads off on a 45-minute “mystery” tour around Vancouver. A good time to check out the collection of antique cars is from around 12 pm.
Easter just wouldn’t be Easter without Sunday brunch. Here are some of Vancouver’s best places to do that. Just remember to book well in advance, as these are some of Vancouver’s most popular restaurants and so fill up fast.
Best Buffet Brunch Venues
Examples of great Easter brunch buffets include the following:
- Brunch at Grouse Mountain with the Easter Bunny – enjoy brunch on Easter Sunday at Grouse Mountain on the North Shore. Cost is usually around $50 for adults, $18 for children ages 5 to 12, and $10 for kids ages 2-4 and includes the tram ride up with advance reservations. While you’re on the hill, go for a walk around and enjoy a show in the Theatre in the Sky. And if the weather is good, visit the Eye of the Wind or go for a ski or snowshoe.
- The Lobby – at the Pinnacle Hotel in North Vancouver near Lonsdale Quay offers a special Easter Sunday buffet most years. The cost is around $50 or so for adults and $20+ for children.
The above restaurants serve buffet-style brunches, but there are also many exceptional places that serve great a la carte menu-style brunches as well. For more ideas on the best places to eat, check out the following:
- BURNABY’s Best Restaurants
- The City of VANCOUVER‘s Best Bars & Restaurants
- NORTH VANCOUVER’s Best Bars & Restaurants
- RICHMOND‘s Best Bars & Restaurants
- SURREY‘s Best Restaurants
- WEST VANCOUVER’s Best Restaurants
Contrary to popular belief, Easter isn’t the birthday of the Easter Bunny – it’s a Christian religious holiday marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is actually one of the two days of the year when the largest number of people attend church, with the other day being Christmas Eve.
Whether you are Christian, Christian-curious or just plain curious, church services on Easter Sunday (April 1) can be very interesting, and an important traditional part of Canadian culture (although more so in the past). Every church is different, however, and what appeals to some doesn’t to others. Check out a service with a church denomination you feel comfortable with, or check out a new one just for the experience.
Below are suggestions for some of Vancouver’s most beautiful and prominent churches, but there will be Easter services with well-above average attendance in neighbourhoods throughout the Lower Mainland. Try to find one with a really good choir, and kid-friendly if you have children!
- Anglican: Christ Church Cathedral at 690 Burrard Street in Vancouver. Easter Sunday has a choral service at 10:30 am with the church choir which is exceptional. Also, at 8 pm there is usually a service with Gregorian chant.
- Catholic: Holy Rosary Cathedral at 646 Richards Street in downtown Vancouver. Celebrate “Solemn Mass” at 11 am in one of the city’s oldest and most beautiful churches. There’s lots of interesting ritual in the services, which aren’t short and maybe not so exciting for kids. If you have allergies, just be aware of the incense, in particular at the front of the church and very back (and especially at the Solemn Mass).
- United Church: St. Andrew’s Wesley at 1022 Nelson Street in downtown Vancouver. Easter Sunday’s April 16 service with “festive music” is at 10:30 am in 2017. There is also a Jazz Vespers that same day at 4 pm and a Candlelight & Music service with music and prayers at 7 pm.
Other more modern church buildings but with large vibrant and charismatic congregations include the following, all of which boast congregations in the thousands (which for Canada in this day and age is rare):
- Broadway Church – a non-denominational evangelical church at 2700 East Broadway in Vancouver, with one of the largest and most technologically-savvy congregations in the Lower Mainland. Easter Sunday services are at 9 am, 11:15 am and 6 pm.
- Northview Community Church – a Mennonite church in Abbotsford at 32040 Downes Road. Sunday services are at 8:30, 10 and 11:30 am.
- Willingdon Church – a Mennonite Brethren church at 4812 Willingdon Avenue in Burnaby with a 1300-seat sanctuary and a combined average weekend attendance of over 5000. Services are at 8:30, 10:00 and 11:30 am.
In addition to their traditional Easter Sunday services, many churches in the Lower Mainland offer their own Easter egg hunts, sunrise Easter services and other celebratory activities. Check out a congregation in your area.
Source: Vancouver's Best Places