After one of the longest, chilliest and wettest winters in recent memory, spring appears to be finally returning to Vancouver. There are longer, warmer days with blue skies. It’s time to get out and get active. Luckily the region around Vancouver offers plenty of multigenerational activities that involve parents, grandparents and kids.
1. Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
One of the highlights of springtime in Vancouver is the Cherry Blossom Festival. Rivaling Victoria on Vancouver Island for the sheer number and variety of cherry trees, Vancouver is the perfect place to observe the beautiful blossoms in just about every part of the city. And now there is a festival devoted to hanami with activities suitable for the whole family.
Cherry-blossom viewing is in fact an annual event in Japan. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival gets many of its ideas from hanami in Japan: “The core idea of tranquillity and cherry-blossom viewing at night, yozakura, is about taking a moment to reflect on the shortness of life, the ephemerality of all things,” says one of the organizers of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.
“We’ve taken that, and created an experience around illuminating the cherry blossoms. In Japan, they set up spotlights in the trees; they’re basically high-powered bulbs that illuminate the blossoms in white light, or yellowish-white light, so that people can see them.”
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When: Until April 23, 2017
Where: Various locations around Vancouver
Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver
Vancouver’s many parks and gardens are ideal showcases for the beloved trees, but there are also a number of urban places to view these pink and white beauties.
- Queen Elizabeth Park touts several varieties of cherry trees, which bloom at different intervals from early March to late April
- Stanley Park also has rows of blossoming trees near the formal rose garden and the Japanese Canadian WWI war memorial
- VanDusen Botanical Garden boasts more than 100 cherry trees, representing 24 varieties.
- For a truly peaceful (and cultural) experience, make sure to visit the Nitobe Memorial Garden at UBC, where you’ll find colourful cherry trees in a traditional Japanese garden setting.
- Walk beneath a canopy of blooms at the downtown Burrard SkyTrain station, around Vancouver’s City Hall at West 12th and Cambie, and along Yew Street in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood
2. Easter Train at Stanley Park
The Easter Train at Stanley Park is one of Vancouver’s most famous attractions. After a train ride through Stanley Park, take your children or grandchildren on an Easter egg hunt, followed by games and face painting. Make bunny ears, meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy a fine spring day in the park.
- There are limited spots available and they will sell out!
- The cost to ride the train is $6 for anyone aged 3+ years.
If your child wishes to participate in the other activities, please purchase additional tickets (1 ticket per activity): 2 tickets is $5, 3 tickets is $7 & 5 tickets is $10. You can order your tickets online.
When: April 13 – 17, 2017, 10 to 5
Where: Stanley Park miniature train, 611 Pipeline Road, Stanley Park, Vancouver
3. Burnaby Grandparent & Family Easter Egg Hunt
Celebrate Easter with everyone at the Grandparent & Family Easter Egg Hunt in Burnaby. Decorate an Easter basket, make Easter crafts and go on an adventurous egg hunt. There’s a catch: children, aged 17 months – 10 years, must be accompanied by a grandparent.
You also need to pre-register and the cost is $1.86.
When: April 15, 2017, 10am – noon
Where: Bonsor 55+ Centre, 6533 Nelson Avenue, Burnaby
4. Richmond Easter Egg Hunt (Steveston)
This annual events is always fun for the whole family with organized games and crafts, a visit by the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt. What makes it great for the whole family is that there is also wheelchair and disability access if needed. There are two events, one for preschool-aged children (5 and under) and older kids (6-12).
When: Saturday, Apr 15, 2017, 10 to noon
Where: Steveston Community Centre, 4111 Moncton St Price: $10.00 per child (only your child is required to be registered, but parent participation required)
5. Easter Parade in Ladner
The world famous Delta Pipe band joins the Easter bunny and many children for an Easter Parade. Starting at 1pm at the Delta Museum, the parade heads down Delta Street and ends with an egg hunt at Memorial Park. Be sure to wear your Easter bonnets and decorate your bike, wagon or stroller!
This is a FREE family-fun event that generally lasts an hour.
When: April 16, 2017, 1pm – 2pm
Where: Parade starts at the Delta Museum, 4858 Delta St, Delta Website: www.ladnerbusiness.com