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Spring in Vancouver

Spring is a busy time in Vancouver with holidays like St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Victoria Day and Mother’s Day. There is also Spring Break for school children.


What To Do in Vancouver in Spring

There is plenty to do in Vancouver in spring. The spring season includes the months of March, April and May. During these months the City of Vancouver and surrounding municipalities host various special events and festivals (or at least they do in years without COVID-19).

Temperatures in Vancouver in spring usually range from around 5 to 15 degrees Celsius depending on the month and time of day. It can get rainy during this season so don’t be surprised if you need a jacket and other rain gear. Interestingly, May sometimes has better weather, both warmer and drier, than June!


Indoor and Outdoor Activities

If the weather is cooperating, spring is a great time to get outside and enjoy the many outdoor activities Vancouver has to offer. Check out our articles about Outdoor Recreation in Vancouver or Parks & Nature.

Other great places to explore in spring can be found in our articles about Hiking in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver’s Top Golf Courses and Best Places for Jogging, Walking & Cycling. By May, Vancouver’s Best Beaches and Lower Mainland Campgrounds also become popular.

With spring, as well as increasingly nicer and warmer weather, there are also days with rain and other less-than-ideal weather. This is Vancouver after all! For ideas on what to do when it’s rainy and miserable outside click Vancouver Indoor Activities.


Vancouver Rainy Day Activities


Spring Skiing at Vancouver Ski Hills

Most of the ski hills across the Lower Mainland offer skiing well into spring. One or two are sometimes even open into May! The five ski hills near Vancouver are listed below along with their average closing dates.

  • Grouse – on Vancouver’s North Shore. The mountain’s last day is usually around the end of April.
  • Cypress – on the North Shore in West Vancouver. The resort typically closes in early to mid-April.
  • Mt. Seymour – in North Vancouver towards Deep Cove. The last day of spring skiing was on April 11th in 2021.
  • Sasquatch Mountain – in the Fraser Valley near Harrison Hot Springs. Last day of the season in 2021 was April 4th.
  • Whistler Blackcomb – in the Sea to Sky region. Whistler Mountain often closes in mid to late April while Blackcomb frequently remains open until the Victoria Day Long Weekend (which is around the third week in May). In 2021, however, because of COVID-19, the last day of the season for both mountains was March 29th.


Holidays During Spring Months

Springtime in Vancouver is full of holidays and cultural festivals. The months of March, April and May contain statutory holidays and other special-occasion dates. For a full list of events throughout the year click Vancouver Festivals and Events.


March Events in Vancouver

The following are March holidays and other special dates of significance in Vancouver (as well as in the rest of Canada and the world in some cases):

  • International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate women on March 8th each year.
  • Persian New Year – Norooz/Nowruz is celebrated in West Vancouver with a fire festival in years when there isn’t COVID-19.
  • Spring Break – children get a couple of weeks of time off school beginning in mid-March.
  • St. Patrick’s Day – an Irish holiday celebrated on March 17th each year.

In addition to the above, Easter sometimes happens in March. More often than not, however, it takes place in April. Between now and the year 2031, Easter is in March in just 2024 and 2027.

Other major events that happen in March most years include the following:

For more ideas of things to do during the month see our Vancouver March Calendar.


Festival du Bois Bar Folk
Festival du Bois


April Events in Vancouver

The following are holidays and other special dates of significance in April:

  • April Fools Day – on April 1st each year practical jokes are customary.
  • Earth Day – on April 22nd each year (and often celebrated on the weekend just before or after).
  • Easter Weekend – a long weekend with statutory holidays on both the Friday (Good Friday) and the Sunday (Easter Sunday). The following Monday isn’t a statutory holiday but is sometimes also given as an additional day off.
  • International Pillow Fight Day – a funny day when whoever wants to can show up outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at a specific time in early April and join a massive 30-minute pillow fight.


Sakura Days Japan Fair at VanDusen Garden
Sakura Days at VanDusen Garden


In addition to the above, other events that usually happen in April in the Vancouver region include the following:

For additional details check out our April Calendar of Events.


Cloverdale Rodeo
The Cloverdale Rodeo


May Events in Vancouver

The following are holidays and other special dates of significance in May:

  • Cinco de Mayo – a Mexican holiday that takes place on May 5th each year.
  • Mother’s Day – a special day celebrating Mothers on the second Sunday of May.
  • Victoria Day – a statutory holiday commemorating the late Queen Victoria on a Monday in late May.

Other festivals and events taking place in the Lower Mainland in May most years include the following:

For more ideas of things to do in Vancouver in May check out Vancouver’s Best Places’ May Calendar.


Other Information

Other articles that might be of interest include the following: