50 things to do in Vancouver this spring

Dec 19 2017, 8:53 pm

The sun’s finally breaking out and it’s time to get outdoors, sip some sweet drinks, crash a few festivals, and cheer on a slew of different sports teams.

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But don’t feel pressure to choose just one of these awesome activities – using a car share service like Evo will assist you with the back and forth, helping you achieve a packed social calendar.

Get your driver’s license ready and check out these 50 things to do during Vancouver’s warm months.

Easter in Vancouver

Image: Chocolate easter eggs / Shutterstock

Image: Chocolate easter eggs / Shutterstock

Easter Brunch at Grouse Mountain

  • What: Enjoy a buffet brunch of in-house baked pastries, roasted leg of lamb and free run eggs Benedict, while the kids feast on cinnamon toast and hunt for Easter Eggs.
  • Where: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
  • When: March 27

Stanley Park Easter Train

  • What: Enjoy a one-of-a-kind Easter experience in Vancouver’s beloved Stanley Park with the Stanley Park Easter Train. .
  • Where: Pipeline Road via West Georgia Street entrance
  • When: Now until Monday, March 28; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

VanDusen Great A-Mazing Egg Hunt

  • What: The most unique egg hunt in Vancouver, featuring six different outdoor hunt areas, plus access to the entire VanDusen gardens.
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 26

Roundhouse Easter Egg Hunt

  • What: An egg hunt, Easter Bunny visits, crafts, and face painting. Baskets included!
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, March 26; 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Marpole-Oakridge Easter Egg Hunt

  • What: Enjoy a nice morning egg hunt with the fine folks at the Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre. Open for ages 2 to 6.
  • Where: Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre – 990 59th Avenue West, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, March 26; 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Hippity Hoppity Easter Event

  • What: Register now for an egg hunt, games, activities, and treats to awaken the child inside.
  • Where: Creekside Community Recreation Centre – 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, March 26; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Easter at Lonsdale Quay

  • What: Track down one of each of the five different coloured eggs to win an Easter Treat bag from Lonsdale Quay. After the hunt, enjoy cookie decorating with El Dorado Pies, a craft table, and face painting and balloon sculptures from A*Star.
  • Where: 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, March 27; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Easter Fair at the Surrey Museum

  • What: Take part in a Easter Egg hunt through the Surrey Museum, and then enjoy a show from the Vancouver Rabbit Agility Club as they show off their bouncing bunnies in daring feats of rabbit athleticism.
  • Where: Surrey Museum – 17710 56a Avenue, Surrey
  • When: Saturday, March 26; 1 to 4 p.m.

Easter Eggstravaganza

  • What: A good old fashioned Easter event, with the all the egg hunting, craft making, and chocolate eating you could hope for.
  • Where: South Arm Community Centre – 8880 William Road, Richmond
  • When: Saturday, March 26; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Vintage Car Club Easter Gathering

  • What: See more than 90 vintage cars gather before setting off on a mystery journey, care of the Vancouver Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada.
  • Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 27

Get outdoors

Image: Stanley Park Seawall / Shutterstock

Image: Stanley Park Seawall / Shutterstock

Stroll the seawall

Vancouver’s 28 kilometre Seaside Greenway is the longest uninterrupted waterfront path in the world – so get out there and enjoy it! You can walk, run, bike, blade, or board your way from the Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish Banks – via Stanley Park.

Take a hike

Check out Vancouver Trails to get maps and directions for a myriad of hikes in Vancouver, on the North Shore, the Howe Sound and more. Here are some of my favourites:

By the way, make sure to take first aid supplies and tell someone exactly where you’re going and when you’ll be back. Search and Rescue will thank you.

The Grouse Grind

  • What: Mother Nature’s Stairmaster, a gruelling climb up 2,830 steps on the side of Grouse Mountain. In less than 2.9km, the trail climbs more than 853m. Why do it? Well, the glory obviously. And the free entry to Grouse Mountain attractions at the top.
  • Where: Parking lot at the base of Grouse Mountain on the North Shore
  • When: Spring to fall depending on weather, check Grouse Mountain for conditions/opening.

The Stawamus Chief

  • What: Thought to be the second largest granite monolith in the world. Hike or rock climb your way to The Chief’s three peaks for spectacular views of Howe Sound and Garibaldi Provincial Park.
  • Where: Next to Shannon Falls off the Sea To Sky Highway, Squamish.
  • When: Spring to fall, check BC Parks for conditions/opening.

Sea To Sky Gondola

  • What: Hiking too hard? Take the Sea To Sky Gondola up to the instead. It will take you high above The Chief to more walking trails an amazing vistas – and you can enjoy a restaurant, suspension bridge and viewing decks too.
  • Where: 2km south of Squamish off the Sea To Sky Highway
  • When: All year round

Stanley Park

  • What: Walk, run, bike, skateboard, rollerblade, swim, picnic – or even enjoy a horsedrawn carriage ride – in the gorgeous Stanley Park, our favourite Vancouver oasis of green. (Note bikes, boards and blades should always go around the park in an anti-clockwise direction!)
  • Where: Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • When: All year round

Capilano Suspension Bridge

  • What: A suspension bridge hanging 70 metres above the Capilano River on the North Shore. Entry is $38 – but includes access to seven treetop footbridges and a Cliffwalk along a granite precipice overhanging the river – and B.C. residents get unlimited admission for one year after their first visit.
  • Where: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
  • When: All year round

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

  • What: The budget version of Capilano’s bridge, this suspension bridge stretches across a beautiful canyon, 50 metres above raging waters and waterfalls. It may not be as high as Capilano but it’s certainly narrower – and it’s completely free.
  • Where: Lynn Canyon Park – 3663 Park Road, North Vancouver
  • When: All year round

Ski the last snow

Skier / Shutterstock

Image: Skier / Shutterstock

If you’re not ready to give up on winter just yet, you can still hit the slopes at the local mountains – sometimes for a discount:

  • Cypress Mountain – get a Beach Pass for $99 (all ages) unlimited downhill access from March 12 to season end (mid to late April).
  • Mount Seymour – get a Spring Pass ($99 for anyone aged 12+, $49 for kids aged 6-12) for unlimited skiing and riding from March 1 to season end.
  • Grouse Mountain – no spring pass offers here, but if you buy a pass for next season now, you can get free skiing and riding for the rest of this season.
  • Mount Washington – the mountain on Vancouver Island has had so much spring snow, you gotta get out there. Last full day is April 3, with a final opening weekend April 8 to 10.
  • Whistler Blackcomb – will be open for skiing and riding until May 23. Save up to 30% on lift tickets and get access to room/skiing/riding package savings by booking online.

Run, run, run!

Image: Vancouver Sun Run / Shutterstock

Image: Vancouver Sun Run / Shutterstock

It’s that time again: you can’t move for runners racing around our city. Whether you’ll be strapping on your own running shoes, or cheering from the sidelines, here are a few races to get you started – big and small:

  • Bug Run – 2.5K and 5K run/walk for Canadian Foundation for Infectious Diseases in Vancouver on April 2.
  • Vancouver-Burnaby Transplant Trot – 5K walk/run for the Canadian Transplant Association in Burnaby on April 10.
  • Vancouver Sun Run –  Run or walk the biggest 10K in Canada, taking in downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park and English Bay on April 17.
  • Vancouver Marathon – Run the full marathon, or opt for the marathon-relay, half-marathon, 8K race, kids’ run or 2.5km walk on May 1.
  • Shaughnessy 8K and TNT 5K Poker Walk – Runners compete for prizes in Shaughnessy and Kerrisdale, while walkers collect poker cards, with top hands receiving a prize, on May 15.
  • Iron Knee/Tender Knee – a 25K or 13K trail race, starting in North Vancouver, ending in Deep Cove, with chocolate cake included, on May 21.
  • Survival of the Fittest – part of the Coast Mountain Trail Series, a 13K or 18K loop from the scenic Quest University lands in Squamish on May 28.
  • Annual Science Fair Fun Run – the largest timed 5K fun run in B.C., in aid of the Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia, in Vancouver on May 29.

Get sporting

Image: Whitecaps FC / Facebook

Image: Whitecaps FC / Facebook

Watch the Whitecaps

  • What: See Vancouver’s Whitecaps take on the rest of the MLS. Highlight home games this spring include kickoffs with last year’s conference winners FC Dallas in April and longtime rivals Portland Timbers in May.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: Various Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday evenings, spring through fall

Climb the Urban Grind

  • What: Back for 2016, the Urban Grind at Harbour Centre’s Lookout is the urban version of the Grouse Grind, a 593-step climb up the 28-storey building.
  • Where: Harbour Centre – 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 22 and 29

Catch the Stealth

  • What: Lacrosse is Canada’s other official sport – so why not go see the local team, Vancouver Stealth, in action? This spring’s National Lacrosse League home games include faceoffs with the Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock and Calgary Roughnecks.
  • Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
  • When: Various Saturday nights until the end of April

Roll with Terminal City

  • What: Vancouver’s Terminal City Rollergirls are one of the biggest and most successful leagues in Canada. Head to their home opener to see the Bad Reputations face off against the Faster Pussycats, while the Riot Girls take on last year’s champions Public Frenemy.
  • Where: Royal City Curling Club – 75 6 Avenue East, New Westminster
  • When: April 16

Horse around in Hastings

  • What: Head to the historic Hastings Racecourse for a day of horse racing and wagering – and and maybe some drinking and dining if you win big.
  • Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every weekend day from Sunday April 17 to Sunday October 16

Food and drink

Farmers market via Shutterstock

Image: Farmers market / Shutterstock

Sunday Paella Series at Boulevard

  • What: Boulevard is adding another delicious edition to its ongoing Sunday Supper Series when Executive Chef Alex Chen conjures up the rustic flavours of Spain’s national dish with a string of events featuring Paella as the centrepiece.
  • Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Sunday in April

Wine for Waves

  • What: Join Vancouver Aquarium and be the first to sip and savour Naramata Bench’s Spring Wine Releases at this delicious evening of wining and dining bringing together B.C.’s best wineries and sustainable seafood restaurants.
  • Where: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 28 at 7 p.m.

Farmers markets

Catch the last of the farmers markets at Hastings Park (Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. until May 1) and Nat Bailey Stadium (Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. until April 23), then head to these spring sellers:

Yaletown Farmers Market

  • What: Head down to historic Yaletown to discover giant Kohlrabi, organic ginger and heirloom tomatoes nestled between brick buildings, open air restaurants and cafes.
  • Where: Yaletown-Roundhouse Station – 1200 Mainland Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Thursday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., May 5 to October 27

Kitsilano Farmers Market

  • What: Tempt yourself with A Bread Affair, go Down Under with the Aussie Pie Guy, or simply savour a myriad of meat, cheese, seafood and music in Connaught Park.
  • Where: Parking lot of Kits Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., May 8 to October 23

Trout Lake Farmers Market

  • What: The market where it all began, taste the first Okanagan cherries and peaches of the season, sample artisan breads and preserves and pick up supplies for a picnic by the lake.
  • Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Every Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., May 7 to October 22

West End Farmers Market

  • What: Overlooking beautiful Nelson Park and the nearby community gardens, this market offers WestEnders local produce and crafts, hot food and of course, coffee!
  • Where: West End Farmers Market – 1100 Comox Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., May 28 to October 22

Summer markets at Main Street Station and Mt. Pleasant start in June. Sadly, Kerrisdale market, which usually also opens in June, is no longer operating.

Cheese and Meat Festival

  • What: A fantastic excuse to head over to Vancouver Island, this new festival will showcase hundreds of locally-made and international cheeses and meats, while pairing them with wine, beer and cider!
  • Where: Parkside Hotel and Spa – 810 Humboldt Street, Victoria
  • When: May 21

Check out a patio

As the weather gets warmer and the sun begins to shine more, patios will be opening up around the city. Look out for our guide to patios in Vancouver, launching later this spring!

Festivals, shows, and other stuff

Image: Clayton Perry

Image: Clayton Perry

Body Worlds Animal Inside Out

  • What: Body Worlds is back at TELUS World of Science featuring over 100 preserved animal specimens ranging from the common pigeon to an expertly dissected camel.
  • Where: TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • When: Running until March 28

Vancouver International Auto Show

  • What: Back for its 96th edition, catch hundreds of the world’s newest and coolest vehicles, including James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: March 23 to 27

Seasons 2016 EDM Festival

  • What: Vancouver’s Electronic Dance Music Festival takes place around the city over five days and finishes with two main events at the Pacific Coliseum featuring Duke Dumont, Porter Robinson, Odesza, and more.
  • Where: Various locations around Vancouver
  • When: March 23 to 27

Cherry Blossom Festival

  • What: A range of events inspired by the clouds of flowers blooming on Vancouver’s cherry trees, including a cherry jam session, blossom bus, and plein air painting.
  • Where: Various locations around Vancouver
  • When: March 24 to April 17

SMACKDOWN! The 24 Hour Musical Contest

  • What: Teams of performance artists, writers and musicians are given 24 hours to write, stage and perform a musical from scratch – and you can watch the process and the results.
  • Where: Orpheum Annex – 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Creation process from 6 p.m. on March 26 to 6 p.m. March 27. Performance at 7 p.m. on March 27.

Mamma Mia!

  • What: Thank you for the music! If you’re an Abba groupie, a musical devotee or simply want to relive the unique magic of the movie (ahem), this is the show for you.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 29 to April 3

The Godfather Live!

  • What: The VSO is going to make you an offer you can’t refuse… A special screening of that masterpiece of film, The Godfather, with the score being performed live on stage. Epic.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 31 at 6 p.m.

Rocket Man With Chris Hadfield

  • What: See Canada’s most beloved musical astronaut perform live with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, including scores from Star Wars and Star Trek, Elton John’s Rocket Man, and more!
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 1 at 8 p.m.

Edward Snowden on Big Data

  • What: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will discuss the power and peril of big data via weblink for SFU. Tickets are sold out – but you may still get lucky and find some on Craigslist.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 5 at 7 p.m.

Going Home Star

  • What: A Royal Winnipeg Ballet performance telling the love story of Annie and Gordon, a young, urban First Nations couple adrift in a modern world of excess.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 7 to 9 at 8 p.m.

Sir Paul McCartney

  • What: The legendary Beatles star comes to Vancouver for two back-to-back shows as part of his brand new One On One tour.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: April 19 and 20

420 celebration

  • What: The largest annual celebration of all things marijuana is moving to Sunset Beach this year on April 20. If you don’t like the smell of marijuana, it’s best to avoid the area.
  • When: Wednesday, April 20
  • Where: Sunset Beach

BrickCan LEGO exhibition

  • What: The biggest public LEGO exhibition ever to be held in B.C. – and its first major adult fan fest – BrickCan will feature hundreds of LEGO creations from builders around the world.
  • Where: River Rock Casino Resort – 8811 River Road, Richmond
  • When: April 21 to 24

Violent Femmes

  • What: The legendary alt-rock band hits Vancouver to tour their first new album in over a decade, “We Can Do Anything.” Here’s hoping they still play “Blister In The Sun.”
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 15 at 7 p.m.

Cloverdale Rodeo

  • What: Watch some of the world’s top cowboys and cowgirls compete in events like Bareback Riding, Bull Riding and Barrel Riding at a rodeo and country fair on the May Long Weekend.
  • Where: Cloverdale Fairgrounds – 17607-17905 62 Avenue, Surrey
  • When: May 20 to 23

Last Night of the Proms

  • What: One for any British escapees out there, the VSO will hold its own version of the renowned 120-year-old concert, including, of course, performances of Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Pomp and Circumstance.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 25 at 8 p.m.

None of that take your fancy? Check out our Events listings and Food section for more ideas!

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