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.
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:
- CelticFest Vancouver – an Irish and St. Patrick’s-themed festival in mid-March.
- Festival du Bois – a francophone festival with music and cultural activities in Coquitlam in early March.
- Vancouver Auto Show – a car-themed trade show at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
For more ideas of things to do during the month see our Vancouver March Calendar.
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.
In addition to the above, other events that usually happen in April in the Vancouver region include the following:
- Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival – a series of events celebrating spring and cherry blossom season.
- Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival – a one-day event celebrating cherry blossom season at Gary Point Park in early April.
- Surrey Vaisakhi Parade – a large festival celebrating the Punjabi New Year in Surrey in late April.
- Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade – a large festival celebrating the Punjabi New Year in South Vancouver in mid-April.
- 420 Vancouver – an event originating as an annual protest against cannabis laws years ago. Today it’s simply a celebration of everything to do with marijuana on April 20th each year.
- Chilliwack Tulip Festival – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival runs from early to mid-April until early May.
- Vancouver Sun Run – a 10 kilometre race in mid-April.
- Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – a series of snow sport and arts events at Whistler in mid to late April.
For additional details check out our April Calendar of Events.
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:
- Cloverdale Rodeo – a rodeo and country fair in Surrey on the Victoria Day Long Weekend.
- Fort Langley May Day Fair and Parade – a community festival in Fort Langley in mid-May.
- Ladner May Days – a community festival in Delta on a weekend in late May.
- Royal Canadian International Circus – the circus usually comes to town for a few weeks in May.
- Vancouver All British Field Meet – a car show featuring hundreds of British-made automobiles at VanDusen Garden on the Saturday of the Victoria Day Long Weekend.
- Vancouver Marathon – a running race that goes from Queen Elizabeth Park to downtown Vancouver in early May.
- Whistler Go Fest – an outdoor-themed festival with sports activities and live music in mid-May.
For more ideas of things to do in Vancouver in May check out Vancouver’s Best Places’ May Calendar.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver Summer Activities
- Lower Mainland Winter Activities
- Vancouver’s Best Places in Autumn
- Vancouver on a Budget
- March, April and May Calendars of Events
- Vancouver Festivals & Events