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10 outdoor events to check out in Vancouver this April

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Daniel Chai Apr 03, 2018 3:15 pm 2,710
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Get outside this April with our list of 10 fun Vancouver outdoor events. Earth Day, Cherry Blossom Festivals and more to enjoy.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Great A-Mazing Egg Hunt

Hunting for eggs/VanDusen Egg Hunt

  • What: Take part in the Annual A-Maze-ing Egg Hunt at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Afterwards, enjoy some fun crafts and activities or check out the yummy food selections and explore the beauty of our 55-acre garden.
  • When: Now to Sunday, April 1, 2018
  • Time: Four sessions daily: 9 am to 10 am, 10 am to 11 am, 11 am to 12 pm, and 12 pm to 1 pm
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $6.45-$15

Critter Capers

  • What: The prankster crows switched a bunch of eggs into different nests. Help get the scrambled eggs home by examining nest material and other evidence.
  • When: Monday, April 2, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 3 pm
  • Where: Belcarra Regional Park – Meet at Belcarra Picnic Area
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

  • What: The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) is Vancouver’s signature springtime event. Wake-up from winter hibernation to an explosion of some 41,000 blossoming cherry trees. Originally gifted from Japan in the 1930’s, the cherry blossoms now inspires a month of arts and cultural community events. Presented by Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation and Coromandel Properties.
  • When: Tuesday, April 3 to Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Where: Streets and venues all over Vancouver
  • Admission: Free to enjoy cherry blossoms all over the city. Tickets for events can be found online

2nd Annual Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival 

  • What: The festival, situated right beside the Fraser River, includes a day full of traditional Japanese music, dance performances, as well as traditional Japanese food and activities. Two stages at the festival will be dedicated to traditional Japanese dance, Taiko drumming, and feature a number of talented musicians. As expected, there will be plenty of space to sit and eat by the cherry blossom trees.
  • When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Garry Point Park – 12011 Seventh Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Birding by Ear

  • What:  How can you tell who is singing in the bushes? Ask a park interpreter for tips to identify the bird behind the song.
  • When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Time: 8 to 10 am
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park
  • Admission: $8 per adult, $4.25 per youth/adult 65+. Registration required: 604-432-6359

Whistler World Ski and Snowboard Festival

World Ski and Snowboard Festival

Image: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler

  • What: The main events taking place on the mountain include the Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme, the Monster Energy Boarderstyle World Championships, and Big Air events in both skiing and snowboarding. A 72-hour filmmakers and photographer showdown will run during the course of the week. There will also be apres-ski and late-night parties held on a regular basis around the city, with live music constantly being played at the Skiers Plaza. A number of clubs around Whistler will also be holding evening events.
  • When: Tuesday, April 10 to Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues in Whistler
  • Admission: Free. Tickets for evening events can be purchased online.

2018 Earth Day Parade & Festival

  • What:  The 8th annual Earth Day Parade begins at Grandview Highway and Commercial Drive, and marches its way down to Grandview Park where the festivities begin. The festival features a Kids Zone, scavenger hunts, smoothie bike demonstrations and more.
  • When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: Parade at 1 pm, Celebration at 1:30 pm
  • Where: Commercial Drive and Grandview Park – 1657 Charles Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Earth Day at Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve

  • What: The Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve is hosting a stewardship event where volunteers will work towards restoring habitat around Rice Lake. Learn about restoration initiatives and biodiversity in the LSCR while removing invasive species and planting native species to enhance the forest understory. Ages 16+
  • When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Meet at Rice Lake Gate
  • Admission: Free

Weedbusters

  • What: Help remove invasive plants that have replaced native species. Learn why these species are harmful to the park. Dress for the weather and come prepared to work off-trail. Ages 8+
  • When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4  pm
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Meet at Glencarin parking lot
  • Admission: Free

Goodbye Chums!

  • What: Release salmon fry into the creek where they will start their journey to the sea. Enjoy fun activities, games and live entertainment.
  • When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park – Meet at 11450 256th St, Maple Ridge
  • Admission: Free
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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