Easter Sunday is on April 21st in 2019. Throughout the Easter Long Weekend there will be car shows, egg hunts, Easter brunches and all sorts of activities.
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.
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Vancouver Easter Activities
The following were Easter activities in Vancouver in 2018:
- Golden Easter Celebration – free Easter activities take place at the River District Neighbourhood Centre at 8683 Kerr Street between 10 am and 1 pm on Sunday, April 1, 2018. Balloons, candy floss, craft activities, face painting and Starbucks beverages are included! All are welcome to drop by anytime, but spaces in the event’s Golden Egg Hunt are limited and require advanced registration.
- 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 – a bouncy castle, crafts and games for young children at the Trout Lake Community Centre from 10 am until 12 pm. There is no Easter Bunny, but the event is free (Monday, April 2, 2018).
- Easter Egg-Stacular – an Easter egg hunt, crafts, live rabbits and face painting at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown on Saturday, March 31. Activities run from 9:30 to 10:45 am (for kids ages 1 to 3), 11:15 to 12:30 (for ages 1 to 6), and 1:00 to 2:15 pm (for ages 4 to 9). Cost is $6 and advanced registration is recommended.
- 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 dozens of vintage vehicles from 10 am to 12 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.
- Great A-Maze-ing Egg Hunt – Easter activities for children ages 1 to 10 at set times between 9 am and 1 pm at VanDusen Garden on March 30, March 31 and April 1. Note: at the same time there is a separate adults-only hunt too where the grand prize is a trip for two to Mexico!
- Easter Bash at Broadway Church – a free event with over 20,000 Easter eggs, pony rides, bouncy castles and carnival games from 11 am until about 1 pm on Saturday, March 31, at 2700 East Broadway.
- Easter at FlyOver Canada – the multi-dimensional theatre experience offers visits with the Easter Bunny between 11 am and 2 pm from March 30th until April 2nd. Face painting also takes place between 11 am and 1 pm on March 31st and April 1st.
- 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 Activities in Burnaby
The following were Easter activities in Burnaby in 2018:
- Easter Egg Hunt & Loonie Swim – an egg hunt and swim for $1 from noon until 1:30 pm on Sunday April 1st at the CG Brown Memorial Pool at 3702 Kensington Avenue.
- Grandparent & Family Easter Egg Hunt – for children ages 1 to 10 on Saturday March 31st at the Bonsor Recreation Centre at 6550 Bonsor Avenue from 10 am until noon. Activities include an egg hunt, craft activities, snacks and live entertainment featuring Will Stroet. Cost is $2 with advanced registration.
- 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).
Fraser Valley Easter Activities
The following were Easter activities in the Fraser Valley in 2018:
- Easter at Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest flower festival offers free train rides, face painting, balloon twisting, appearances by the Easter Bunny and a treat over the Easter Long Weekend. First day of the season is Sunday, April 1st.
- 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.
- Petey’s Easter Eggstravaganza – an egg hunt, bouncy castle, visits with the Easter Bunny and other family-friendly activities at Fantasy Farms in Chilliwack all Easter Weekend.
- Easter Egg-Stravaganza – Easter activities at Maan Farms at 790 McKenzie Road in Abbotsford from March 30 to April 2. The event takes place over the Easter Weekend from 10 am to 3 pm each day. The cost is $9 per child in advance, $10 at the door and free for parents.
- 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.
- Easter Festival at Township 7 – activities at the Township 7 Winery include a petting zoo, face painting, live entertainment and an egg hunt on the Easter Sunday. Cost is $15.
North Shore and Sea to Sky Easter Activities
The following were Easter activities on the North Shore in 2018:
- Easter Paintball Egg Hunt – an Easter event with a military twist and valuable prizes at North Shore Paintball in North Vancouver. It takes place on Good Friday with registration at 9 am, but get there earlier. The event most years includes about 2000 hidden eggs with prizes and the cost is around $25 plus extra for guns and ammunition.
- TIP: If you like paintball games, go to this one! The prizes are usually impressive. Also, go even if it’s raining – bad weather means less competition for the prizes!
- Easter Egg Hunt at Heywood Park – a free event for children ages 2 to 9 at the park at 1633 MacKay Avenue in North Vancouver. Takes place from 10 am until 12:30 pm (or while supplies last) on Saturday, March 31st. Activities include the egg hunt, face painting, balloons, a bouncy castle and kid-friendly entertainment.
- Easter in the Village – crafts, a treasure hunt and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 31, from 1 until 3 pm at North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley Village. Free admission.
- 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.
- Sea to Sky Gondola – the attraction high up the mountain above Squamish has craft activities and a complementary Easter egg hunt on the Easter Sunday. For an extra cost it also offers brunch.
Richmond Easter Activities
The following are Easter activities that took place in Richmond in 2018:
- Easter at London Farm – the annual Easter Tea take place at the historic farm from noon until 5 pm on March 31 and April 1. Cost is $14. Note: There is no egg hunt this year, although children will receive a treat on April 1st between 10 am and noon.
- 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 (and April 19-21 in 2019). 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).
Surrey Easter Activities
The following were Easter activities in Surrey from 2018:
- 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.
Delta & Tsawwassen
The following are Easter activities in the Delta region most years:
- Easter Parade – a tiny community procession and Easter egg hunt for children in North Delta starting at 1 pm on April 1, 2018. It begins at the Delta Museum and finishes at Memorial Park.
- Egg Hunt and Fun Fair – free pictures with the Easter Bunny and craft opportunities on the Easter Weekend at Tsawwassen Mills mall.
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). Admission is $5 per person.
- Easter in Queen’s Park – a Flip, Flop & Fly Zone, 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.
- 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).
Easter Activities for Adults with or without Children
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. This year the festival is entirely in the month of April, which means it’s just around the corner!
- 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.
- Aeromexico Egg Hunt – VanDusen Garden has an Easter egg hunt for adults where the grand prize is a trip for two to Mexico! Must be age 19+ and a resident of BC to participate. Runs from Friday, March 30th, to Monday, April 2nd.
Top Restaurants for Easter Brunch
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:
(Note: prices and other details are subject to change.)
- Brunch at Grouse Mountain with the Easter Bunny – enjoy brunch on Easter Sunday at Grouse Mountain on the North Shore. Cost is $50 for adults, $20 for children ages 5 to 12, and $12 for kids ages 2-4 (all plus taxes and tips). It includes the tram ride up with advance reservations.
- TIP: 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.
- Hotel Vancouver – the Notch 8 Restaurant at Vancouver’s iconic hotel has an Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 1, from 11:30 to 2:30 pm. Cost is $79 per adult and half price for children ages 12 and under. Click Easter Menu 2018 to see what’s offered. The restaurant also has an Easter Afternoon Tea on Saturday, March 31, from 11 am to 4 pm. The cost for that is $69 per adult.
- The Lobby – at the Pinnacle Hotel in North Vancouver near Lonsdale Quay offers a special Easter Sunday buffet. The cost is $53 for adults and $26 for children (ages 6 to 12).
- Ocean’s 99 – the restaurant at the Pan Pacific Hotel at Canada Place has a buffet on Easter Sunday from 10:30 am until 2:30 pm. Cost is $89 for adults, $85 for seniors and $44.50 for children ages 6 to 12. Click 2018 Easter Menu for details.
- Globe at YVR – at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel on Easter Sunday with seatings at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Cost is $85 per adult, $42.50 for children (ages 6 to 12) and free for little folk (ages 0 to 5). Taxes and tip are extra. Click 2018 Buffet to see what’s on the menu.
- TIP: Complimentary parking for up to 2 hours is included in YVR’s P1, P2 and P3 self-parking areas.
- Dockside Restaurant – on Granville Island on Easter Sunday with seatings at 10 am and 1 pm. Cost is about $60 for adults and $33 for children ages 11 and under. GST and tip are extra. Click 2018 Buffet to see the menu.
- TIP: While you’re in the area, explore Granville Island or go for a walk along the seawall.
- Fresh Restaurant – at the Sheraton Vancouver Guilford Hotel in Surrey from 10:30 until 2:30 on Easter Sunday. Cost is about $50 for adults, $25 for children (ages 4 to 12) and free for kids ages 3 and under.
- Sea to Sky Gondola – the venue offers a simpler brunch than other places, but with one of the world’s finest views (assuming clear skies). Menu items include pastries, quiche, eggs, sausages and pancakes. The cost, including the ride up the gondola, is $72.69 for adults and $32.32 for youth (ages 6-12).
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
Easter Church Services
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. Click Easter 2018 for details.
- 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. Trust us – it’s pretty solemn! There’s lots of interesting ritual in the services, which aren’t short and maybe not so exciting for kids. Click Easter 2018 for details.
- TIP: If you have allergies, 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 service with “festive music” is at 10:30 am. There is also a Jazz Vespers that same day at 4 pm and a Candlelight & Music service with music and prayers at 7 pm. Click Easter 2018 for details.
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 (classic), 11:15 am (contemporary) and 6 pm (emerging).
- Northview Community Church – a Mennonite church in Abbotsford at 32040 Downes Road. Sunday services are at 8:30, 10:00 and 11:30 am. Click Sunday Services for a photo and more information.
- 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. Click Easter Services for more information.
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.