On the Easter weekend there are usually egg hunts, Easter brunches and other activities in Vancouver. Not though in 2020, except at home.
EASTER IN A COVID-19 WORLD
With the coronavirus outbreak ramping up and much of the Lower Mainland (and the rest of the world) closed for business, most if not all Vancouver Easter events in 2020 have been cancelled.
Health authorities and government are also advising people to stay home and avoid all non-essential travel. Phone your family and friends to wish them a happy Easter – don’t go visit them!
To learn how COVID-19 is impacting the region, see our article about the Coronavirus & Cancelled Vancouver Events.
For a video showing scenes of the Lower Mainland at Easter in past years, check out our Vancouver Easter Video.
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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In 2019 the Chilliwack Tulip Festival ran from April 10 until May 5. On the Easter Long Weekend the Easter Bunny made appearances from time to time and there were face painting and balloon-animal making stations for children. Unfortunately, the festival has been cancelled for 2020 due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus. Hopefully the world will be back to normal in time for the flower season in 2021.
Vancouver Easter Activities
The following are Easter activities in Vancouver in 2020:
- Easter Vintage Car Rally – a gathering of dozens of vintage vehicles from around 10 am to 12 pm on Easter Sunday. (Most likely not taking place in 2020, but with details to be confirmed.)
- Eggciting Easter Hop – Easter activities for children at set times between 10 am and 1 pm at VanDusen Garden. The Easter egg-hunting activities are designed for children ages 0 to 5, but older folk are welcome to watch (but can’t join in the hunt or get a chocolate prize). (CANCELLED)
- Easter at FlyOver Canada – the multi-dimensional theatre experience offers visits with the Easter Bunny most years on the Easter Long Weekend. In 2019, if you wanted to meet the Easter Bunny and get a treat, you had to see a show on the Friday, Saturday or Sunday between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm (CANCELLED for 2020.)
- River District Golden Easter Celebration – free Easter activities take place at the River District Neighbourhood Centre at 8683 Kerr Street. Expect there to be balloons, treats, craft activities and face painting. All are welcome to drop by anytime, but spaces in the event’s Golden Egg Hunt are limited and require advanced registration. (CANCELLED)
- 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, April 11, 2020 (rated PG). (CANCELLED)
- Easter Eggstravaganza at Renfrew – face painting, craft activities, games and an Easter egg hunt from noon until 3 pm on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at Renfrew Park Community Centre at 2929 East 22nd Avenue. The cost is $5 for all activities for children or $2 excluding the egg hunt (and these are the same prices as last year). Accompanying adults are free. Egg hunts take place at 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30 pm, they run for up to about 15 minutes each and pre-registration is required. (CANCELLED)
- Big Bunny Run & Egg Hunt – took place on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Jericho Beach. Young children, kids in strollers and Easter costumes were all welcome. The race costs started at around $35 for both the 5K and 10K runs, $20 for the 1K to 3K run and $30 for the virtual event. Prices went up though as the race day approaches. Included with the cost of registration were bunny ears and a chocolate finisher’s medal. (Taking place “virtually” in 2020.)
- Easter Eggs-tacular – an Easter egg hunt, crafts, live rabbits and face painting at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown on Saturday, April 11, 2020. Activities run from 9:30 to 10:45 am (for kids ages 1 to 3), 11:15 am to 12:30 pm (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. (CANCELLED)
- Easter Bash at Broadway Church – a free event with as many as 25,000 Easter eggs, pony rides, bouncy castles and carnival games takes place from 10:00 am until about 12:00 pm on Saturday, April 11, 2020, at 2700 East Broadway. Admission is free, although advanced registration is required. (CANCELLED)
- Stanley Park Easter Train – on the Easter Long Weekend from 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets for the train ride are usually around $6 plus GST per person. Other activities for which tickets can be purchased generally include face painting, Easter egg hunting and meeting the Easter Bunny. (CANCELLED)
- 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 are also on site. The cost is around $5 per child and advanced registration is required. (CANCELLED)
- 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 not usually an Easter Bunny at this event, but the activities are free. Suitable for very young children and their parents. (CANCELLED)
Easter Activities in Burnaby
The following are Easter activities in Burnaby in 2019 and 2020:
- 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 11:00 am on Saturday, April 11, 2020 (rated PG). (CANCELLED)
- Grandparent & Family Easter Egg Hunt – for children ages 1 to 10 on Saturday April 20 in 2019 at the Bonsor Recreation Centre at 6550 Bonsor Avenue from 10 am until noon. Activities included an egg hunt and craft activities. Cost was $5 with advanced registration. (2020 details were likely going to be similar, but due to the coronavirus the event now won’t be taking place at all.)
Fraser Valley Easter Activities
The following are Easter activities in the Fraser Valley in 2019 and 2020:
- Chilliwack Tulip Festival – Western Canada’s largest flower festival hosts special Easter-related activities on the Long Weekend. The Easter Bunny is usually on site from time to time and there will be face painting and balloon animal making for kids. (CANCELLED FOR 2020.)
- Easter at Fort Langley – Easter Scavenger Hunt and Egg Scrambler activities took place at Fort Langley on Sunday, April 21, 2019. The Egg Scrambler activity was for children age 5 and under. The scavenger hunt was for children of all ages. (CANCELLED for 2020.)
- Kilby Easter Egg Hunt – Easter activities took place last year at Kilby Farm at 215 Kilby Road in Harrison Mills from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm on April 20 & 21 in 2019. Activities included crafts, face painting and visits with the attraction’s farm animals. The cost was $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for youth and free for children under 5 years of age. (CANCELLED for 2020.)
- Family Favourites Movies – the animated film Hop about the Easter Bunny shows for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres including ones in both Abbotsford and Chilliwack at 11 am on Saturday, April 11, 2020 (rated PG). (CANCELLED)
- Easter Festival at Township 7 – activities at the Langley winery include a small petting zoo, face painting, live entertainment and an egg hunt on the Easter Sunday. (CANCELLED)
- Petey’s Easter Eggstravaganza – an egg hunt, games, visits with the Easter Bunny and other family-friendly activities at Fantasy Farms in Chilliwack all Easter Weekend (plus other weekends in April). (CANCELLED)
North Shore and Sea to Sky Easter Activities
The following are Easter activities on the North Shore in 2019 and 2020:
- Easter Egg Hunt at Heywood Park – a free event for children ages 2 to 9 most years took place at the park at 1633 MacKay Avenue in North Vancouver from 10:30 am until 12:00 pm (or while supplies lasted) on the Saturday of the Easter weekend last year. Activities included the egg hunt, face painting, balloons, a bouncy castle and kid-friendly entertainment. (Not happening in 2020.)
- Easter Bunny Brunch – devour a full pancake breakfast with all the trimmings then hunt for eggs with the Easter Bunny took place last year at the North Shore Neighbourhood House from 9:30 to 11 am on Saturday April 13 in 2019. Cost was $3 for children and $6 for adults. Pre-registration was required. (Not happening in 2020.)
- Easter Bunny Hop – an egg hunt, seasonal crafts and story time with the Easter Bunny took place at John Braithwaite Community Centre on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm. Cost was $3 and pre-registration was required. (Not happening in 2020.)
- Britannia Mine Easter Hunts – the mining museum up the Sea to Sky Highway at 1 Forbes Way usually offers a couple of sessions of Easter Dino Egg Hunting on the Sunday of the long weekend. (CANCELLED due to the museum being closed.)
Richmond Easter Activities
The following are Easter activities that take place in Richmond in 2019 and 2020:
- Easter at London Farm – the annual Easter Tea usually takes place at the historic farm from noon until 5 pm on the Easter weekend. Cost is around $15. (Not happening in 2020 due to the heritage house being closed.)
- Easter at the Cannery – at 12138 Fourth Avenue at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village on the weekend of April 19-21 last year. The cost was $4.90 for children ages 2 to 16 years and $3.90 for adults (ages 17+). Activities included salmon egg hunts, Easter crafts, storytelling and face painting. (In 2020 the event was going to take place on April 10-12, but has since been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.)
- Family Favourites Movies – the animated film Hop about the Easter Bunny shows for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres on Saturday April 11, 2020, including at SilverCity Riverport at 14211 Entertainment Way at 11:00 am (rated PG). (CANCELLED)
Surrey Easter Activities
The following are Easter activities in Surrey from 2019 and 2020:
- Easter at Stewart Farm – free activities at the historic site from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. (CANCELLED)
- Easter Skates – a number of Easter-themed ice-skating events took place in Surrey last year including the following (some of which were likely going to take place again in 2020 too, until the coronavirus showed up):
- South Surrey Arena – skating with the Easter Bunny at 2199 – 148th Street. (CANCELLED)
- Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex – at #110-16555 Fraser Highway. (CANCELLED)
- Easter Bash Swims – Easter bunny visits, egg hunts, crafts and games take place most years at community centres around Surrey (but all have been CANCELLED for 2020).
- Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre – at 16855 24th Avenue.
- Guildford Recreation Centre – at 15105-105th Avenue.
- North Surrey Recreation Centre – at 10275 City Parkway.
- South Surrey Indoor Pool – at 14655-17th Avenue.
- Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex – at 16555 Fraser Highway.
- Newton Recreation Centre – at 13730-72nd Avenue.
- Bear Creek Easter Train – train rides, egg hunts and visits with the Easter Bunny took place at Bear Creek Park in Surrey from 10 am to 6 pm on the Easter weekend. Cost is around $10 per person. (CANCELLED for 2020.)
- Family Favourites Movies – the animated film Hop about the Easter Bunny shows for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres including at Cineplex Cinemas Strawberry Hill at 11 am on Saturday, April 11, 2020 (rated PG). (CANCELLED)
Delta & Tsawwassen
The following are Easter activities in the Delta region most years:
- Ladner Easter Parade – a tiny community procession and Easter egg hunt for children in North Delta starting at 1 pm. It began at the Delta Museum and finished at Memorial Park. (CANCELLED for 2020.)
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 10:00 am until 2:00 pm on the Easter Sunday (so on April 12 in 2020). Admission is $10 per child. (CANCELLED)
- Easter in Queen’s Park – 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. (CANCELLED for 2020.)
- 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, April 11, 2020 (rated PG).(CANCELLED)
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. (Note: most events have been CANCELLED for 2020.)
- 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 spring flowers. (Note: in 2020 people are advised to stay at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. If you do go out, stay close to home and away from other people.)
- Live Entertainment – enjoy some live entertainment in town such as a play or concert at various locations. Check out Vancouver Shows and Entertainment to see what’s on in town. (Note: all live entertainment has been cancelled in the Lower Mainland for 2020. Some venues, however, are live-streaming shows.)
- Vintage Car Easter Gathering – the Vintage Car Club of Canada’s Vancouver Chapter has its annual Easter touring event on Easter Sunday. (Not happening in 2020.)
Top Restaurants for Easter Brunch
Easter just wouldn’t be Easter without Sunday brunch (and unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the only brunches taking place in 2020 will be at people’s homes).
Below are some of Vancouver’s best places to do that (at least in years when restaurants are allowed to remain open). 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 are listed below. For a more comprehensive list of Vancouver venues click Easter Brunch Buffets.
(Note: prices and other details are subject to change.)
- Hotel Vancouver – the Notch 8 Restaurant at Vancouver’s iconic hotel has an Easter Brunch on the holiday Sunday (so on April 21 in 2019). The price last year was $79 per adult and half price for children ages 12 and under. (CLOSED due to COVID-19 in 2020.)
- The Lobby – at the Pinnacle Hotel in North Vancouver near Lonsdale Quay offers a special Easter Sunday buffet. The cost last year was $58 for adults, $28 for children and $5 for kids ages 5 and under (so a bit more than in previous years). (CLOSED due to COVID-19 in 2020.)
- Ocean’s 999 – the restaurant at the Pan Pacific Hotel at Canada Place has a buffet most years on Easter Sunday from 10:30 am until 2:30 pm. The cost in 2019 was $89 for adults, $85 for seniors and $44.50 for children ages 6 to 12 (which are the same prices as the year before). (Easter brunch is cancelled for this year. As of April 1, 2020, the restaurant remains open, but only for take-out service.)
- Brunch at Grouse Mountain with the Easter Bunny – enjoy brunch on Easter Sunday at Grouse Mountain on the North Shore. The cost last year was $55, $20 and $12 (so a bit more than in previous years) and the cost of the meal includes the tram ride up with advance reservations. (CANCELLED for 2020 as both the restaurant and the entire ski resort are closed due to COVID-19.)
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 12th) 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. In years when churches are allowed to remain open (i.e., when there is no COVID-19 virus keeping people at home) there are 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 most years has a choral service at 10:30 am with the church choir which is exceptional. Also, at 8:00 pm there is a service with Gregorian chant. (Note: Incense is used at the 10:30 service. Also, free parking passes are available via the church’s website for folks attending a service.) (The live service is CANCELLED for 2020, although Live-Streaming of Services is taking place.)
- Catholic: Holy Rosary Cathedral at 646 Richards Street in downtown Vancouver. Celebrate “Solemn Mass” in one of the city’s oldest and most beautiful churches. Trust us – it’s pretty solemn! There are lots of interesting rituals in the services, which aren’t short and maybe not so exciting for kids. In 2020 the cathedral is closed to the public, but they are live-streaming services.
- United Church: St. Andrew’s-Wesley is undergoing seismic upgrades and so is closed until late 2020. All of their traditional Easter events are happening though. The church is though live-streaming its services.
- Baptist Church: First Baptist is located at 969 Burrard Street (across the street from St. Andrew’s Wesley). Their Easter service takes place from 10:00 until 11:30 am most years. Complimentary parking is usually available at Nelson Square at 808 Nelson Street from 30 minutes before the service until spaces fill up. The church is closed in the spring of 2020 due to COVID-19, but they too are live-streaming their services.
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 generally at 9:00 am (“classic”), 10:30 am (“contemporary”), 12:00 pm (“contemporary”) and 6:00 pm (“emerging”). (In the spring of 2020 all services are being conducted online.)
- Northview Community Church – a Mennonite church in Abbotsford at 32040 Downes Road. Easter Sunday services are usually at 7:30, 9:00 and 11:00 am. (Note: The church also has smaller campuses in Mission, Abbotsford and Port Coquitlam). (The churches are closed in the spring of 2020, but they are posting content online.)
- 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 most years for Easter. (In the spring of 2020 their services are online due to concerns about the coronavirus.)
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.