Celebrating Easter in Vancouver

Things to Do in British Columbia on April 1, 2018

Whether you're visiting Vancouver with your family or just looking for a great way to celebrate Easter, there are many things you can do in this western Canadian city over the holiday weekend.

From Easter brunches and dinners to egg hunts and visits with the Easter Bunny, the bustling seaport city of Vancouver has a number of annual traditions you can enjoy on your family trip. Stop by for afternoon tea or spend the day in the great outdoors—no matter what you do, you're sure to enjoy your holiday vacation to Vancouver.

While most events take place on Easter Sunday—April 1 in 2018—several take place over the weekend or even a week or two before in March. Be sure to check out more information on the individual website for each restaurant, event, and attraction before finalizing your vacation plans.

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    Baby boy (12-15 months) carrying basket of Easter eggs, low section
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    When it comes to things to do on Easter with kids, there's nothing better than an Easter egg hunt, and Vancouver families have several options for these exciting hunts. There are the inexpensive Easter Eggstravaganzas at various Vancouver community centers or you can spend a bit more to hunt for eggs at a Vancouver landmark like VanDusen Botanical Garden's Elizabethan hedge maze or at the Stanley Park Miniature Train.

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    There are certain holidays that just seem to scream "brunch," and Easter in Vancouver is definitely one of them. Vancouverites love their Easter brunches, so make reservations early for your favorite restaurants as tables fill up quickly, especially on the holidays. In 2018, the Glowbal Grill, Edible Canada, and The Red Wagon are among the most popular restaurants serving up a delicious meal for the holiday. Alternatively, you could spend the whole day on Grouse Mountain, where you can enjoy a three-course brunch, a free Skyride, and an egg hunt led by the Easter Bunny.

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    It may be the March Hare from "Alice in Wonderland" that makes people associate tea with the Easter Bunny holiday, but whatever the case, Vancouver's top spots for afternoon tea make the perfect spot for a late-afternoon Easter treat. You can go elegant with Tea at the Castle at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, enjoy opulence at the Urban Tea Merchant, or combine tea and Easter with a trip to the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Garden (the Garden's Truffles Cafe does a wonderful afternoon tea).

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    Cherry Blossoms and Burrard Bridge on a early evening in Vancouver, Canada
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    While there are a number of special Easter events in Vancouver, not all of the things you can do over the holiday weekend are directly related to Easter. There are many great annual events happening in Vancouver in March and April, including over Easter weekend from March 30 through April 1, 2018. The annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, for instance, starts two days after Easter in 2018, on April 3, and runs through April 29. Saint Patrick's Day is also right around Easter this year, on March 17, so if you're planning a long vacation you have a month full of activities to enjoy.

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