Easter in 2017 is on the weekend of April 14-17, with Good Friday on the 14th, Easter Monday on the 17th and Easter events throughout the Lower Mainland.
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.
Egg Hunts and Other Activities
Easter just wouldn’t be Easter without the Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunts. Below are some of the places you’ll be able to find them (and if you scroll even further below you’ll find activities for adults).
Burnaby Easter Activities
- 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.
- 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 (rated PG).
Fraser Valley Easter Activities
- Easter Scavenger Hunt and Egg Scrambler – takes place at Fort Langley on Sunday, April 16, 2017. The Egg Scrambler activity is for children age 5 and under and happens at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm. The scavenger hunt is for children of all ages and runs from 10 am to 5 pm. Free admission.
- Easter Egg-Stravaganza – Easter activities at Maan Farms between 11 am and 3 pm (April 14-17, 2017).
- Easter Egg Hunt – Easter activities at Kilby Farm from 11 am until 3 pm (April 15-17, 2017).
- Easter Festival at Township 7 – Easter activities at Township 7 Winery on Sunday, April 16, for children. Activities include a petting zoo, face painting, live entertainment and an egg hunt. Cost is $15. Also, from April 14 to 16 there’s Easter chocolate and wine pairing for adults for $8 from 11 to 5 pm.
North Shore and Sea to Sky Easter Activities
- 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. 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 (April 14, 2017).
- Britannia Mine Easter Hunts – the mining museum up the Sea to Sky Highway is offering Easter Dino Egg Hunts on April 16, 2017, at 11 am and 1 pm.
Richmond Easter Activities
- Easter at the Cannery – at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village on the weekend of April 14-16, 2017. 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.
- Easter Bunny Fest – real rabbits, crafts and family-friendly activities at the Richmond Auto Mall at 13340 Smallwood Place from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, April 15. Free shuttle service to and from area shopping malls. Admission by donation with proceeds benefiting Rabbitats.
- Family Favourites Movies – The animated film Hop about the Easter Bunny shows for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres including at SilverCity Riverport at 14211 Entertainment Way at 11 am (rated PG).
Surrey Easter Activities
- Bear Creek Easter Train – train rides, egg hunts and visits with the Easter Bunny at Bear Creek Park in Surrey from 10 am to 5 pm. Cost is $10 (April 14-17, 2017).
- Easter Animal Fair – at the Surrey Museum on Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 1 to 4 pm. Admission is by donation and the event features a variety of animals including bunnies, plus an Easter egg hunt, crafts and storytelling.
Vancouver Easter Activities
- Stanley Park Easter Train – April 13 – 17, 2017, 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.
- 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 (April 15 & 16, 2017).
- Easter at TLCC – family-friendly activities including a bouncy castle, crafts and games at the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive from 10 am until 12 pm. Free, but pre-registration is required (April 17, 2017).
- Easter Fun Run & Walk – 1K and 5K runs in Stanley Park. Young children, dogs on leash, kids in strollers and Easter costumes are all welcome (April 16, 2017).
- 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 (April 15, 2017).
- 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 (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 16, 2017.
Delta & Tsawwassen
- Easter Parade – a tiny community procession and Easter egg hunt for children in Delta starting at noon at the Delta Museum on April 16, 2017.
- Egg Hunt and Fun Fair – pictures with the Easter Bunny and egg decorating are free April 14-16 from noon until 5 pm at Tsawwassen Mills mall. The Fun Fair runs April 13-17 and features over 20 rides and games. Wristbands for unlimited rides all day cost $35. Individual rides can also be purchased.
- Easter Extravaganza Event at the Museum – an Easter egg hunt and entertainment at the Port Moody Station Museum at 2734 Murray Street from 10 am until 2 pm on April 16, 2017.
- Easter in Queen’s Park – a petting zoo, crafts, face painting and visits with the Easter Bunny at Queen’s Park in New Westminster from 11 am to 2 pm on Sunday, April 16. 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 (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 lots 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 East 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.
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:
- 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, $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 on Sunday, April 16, 2017. Cost is $49 for adults and $21 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
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 16) 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 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 with Dee Daniels.
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. They also have the free play ““Do You Want This Jesus?” showing on April 13 and 14, 2017.
- 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.