Easter Sunday is on April 12 in 2020. On the Easter Long Weekend there are egg hunts, Easter brunches, a car show and other activities.
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, many Vancouver Easter events in 2020 will likely be cancelled.
To learn how COVID-19 is impacting the region, see our article about the Coronavirus & Cancelled Vancouver Events.
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.
Events in this article include activities in the following locations:
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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 was face painting and balloon-animal making stations for children. 2020 will likely be similar (unless it gets cancelled due to COVID-19).
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. (2020 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 (although exact times may vary slightly.) (2020 details to be confirmed.)
- 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. (Likely 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).
- 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.
- 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 was bunny ears and a chocolate finisher’s medal. (2020 details to be confirmed.)
- 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.
- 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. (Details to be confirmed.)
- 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. (Details to be confirmed.)
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).
- Breakfast with the Easter Bunny – Confederation Community Centre hosted the Easter Bunny from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Enjoy crafts, snacks and more. Cost was $5 per person. (Details to be confirmed.)
- 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 to be confirmed.)
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. (2020 details to be confirmed.)
- 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. (Details to be confirmed.)
- 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. (Details to be confirmed.)
- Family Favourites Movies – the animated film Hop about the Easter Bunny showsfor just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres including ones in both Abbotsford and Chilliwack at 11 am on Saturday, April 11, 2020 (rated PG).
- Easter Festival at Township 7 – activities at the Langley winery included a small petting zoo, face painting, live entertainment and an egg hunt on the Easter Sunday. The event ran at the following three set times: 10:00 to 11:30 am, 12:00 to 2:00 pm and 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Cost was $18. (2020 details to be confirmed.)
- 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). (2020 details to be confirmed.)
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. Activities included the egg hunt, face painting, balloons, a bouncy castle and kid-friendly entertainment. (2020 details to be confirmed.)
- 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. (2020 details to be confirmed.)
- 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. (2020 details to be confirmed.)
- 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. (2020 details to be confirmed.)
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 takes place at the historic farm from noon until 5 pm on the Easter weekend. Cost is around $15. (2020 details to be confirmed.)
- 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 takes place on April 10-12.)
- 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).
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. (2020 details to be confirmed.)
- Easter Skates – a number of Easter-themed ice-skating events took place in Surrey last year including the following (some of which will likely take place again in 2020 too):
- South Surrey Arena – skating with the Easter Bunny at 2199 – 148th Street from 2:00 until 3:30 pm on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
- Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex – at #110-16555 Fraser Highway there’s a family skate from 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 14th, 2019.
- Easter Bash Swims – Easter bunny visits, egg hunts, crafts and games take place at community centres around Surrey (events will likely be similar in 2020):
- Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre – at 16855 24th Avenue from 1:30 until 3:30 pm on Sunday, April 21st, 2019.
- Guildford Recreation Centre – at 15105-105th Avenue from 1:30 until 3:30 pm on Sunday, April 21, 2019.
- North Surrey Recreation Centre – at 10275 City Parkway from 1:30 until 3:30 pm on Saturday, April 20, in 2019.
- South Surrey Indoor Pool – at 14655-17th Avenue from 1:30 until 3:30 pm on Saturday, April 20, 2019.
- Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex – at 16555 Fraser Highway from 1:30 until 3:30 pm on Sunday, April 21, 2019.
- Newton Recreation Centre – at 13730-72nd Avenue from 1:30 until 3:30 pm on Saturday, April 20, in 2019.
- 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. (2020 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 Cineplex Cinemas Strawberry Hill at 11 am on Saturday, April 11, 2020 (rated PG).
THE CIRCUS IS COMING TO TOWN!
The Royal Canadian Family Circus is in the Lower Mainland in May and June of 2020! Dates for shows in Richmond are May 14 to 25, for Vancouver they are May 28 to 31, and for Surrey they are June 4 to 7.
This is a first-rate circus and highly recommended! We’ve been the last couple of years and loved it!
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. (2020 details to be confirmed.)
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.
- 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. (2020 details to be confirmed.)
- Family Favourites Movies – the animated film Hop about the Easter Bunny showsfor 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).
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Vintage Car Easter Gathering – the Vintage Car Club of Canada’s Vancouver Chapter has its annual Easter touring event on Easter Sunday.
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 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. (2020 details to be confirmed.)
- 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). (2020 details to be confirmed.)
- 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). (2020 details to be confirmed.)
- 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. (2020 details to be confirmed.)
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, 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 8:00 pm there is a service with Gregorian chant. Click Easter 2019 for details from last year. (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.) (Details to be confirmed.)
- 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. Click Easter 2019 for details from last year’s service. (Details to be confirmed.)
- 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 at 11:00 am).
- 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. Easter Sunday’s main services were at 9:30 am and 11:00 am last year at the Century Plaza Hotel at 1015 Burrard Street. There was also a Jazz Vespers that same day at 4:00 pm at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street. A Candlelight & Music service was also planned, with music and prayers, at 7:00 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican at 1130 Jervis Street. Click Easter 2019 for more details from last year’s event. (Details to be confirmed.)
- 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). (Details to be confirmed.)
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”). (Details to be confirmed.)
- 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). Click Easter 2019 for more details about last year’s services. (Details to be confirmed.)
- 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. (Details to be confirmed.)
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.