Eggciting Easter Hop cartoon drawing with trees and eggs

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“The countdown to Easter has begun and there’s a lot happening at Park Board facilities across the city."

Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon

April 10 2019 –

Tickets are now on sale for the popular Eggciting Easter Hop at VanDusen Botanical Garden and the Easter Train in Stanley Park.

“The countdown to Easter has begun and there’s a lot happening at Park Board facilities across the city. The Easter Train and the VanDusen Eggciting Easter Hop are both extremely popular with children and families and we look forward to putting them on every year,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon.

Eggciting Easter Hop

The VanDusen Eggciting Easter Hop runs April 19 to 21 with four sessions daily.

Children 0 to 5 years can:

  • Collect eggs near the maze area and receive a chocolate prize
  • Hop along to fun music on the great lawn
  • Take a photo with the Easter bunny
  • Plant a mini microgreens garden
  • Enjoy other eggciting activities at the garden

Bring your own basket. This is a rain or shine event and takes place outdoors in the garden.

Bunny ears and costumes are encouraged with prizes awarded for best costume during each session. Food trucks will be on-site.

Get your tickets early

This popular event sells out every year, so make sure to get your tickets online before they are gone.

Tickets include entry to the entire 55-acre garden. Camellias, early rhododendrons, magnolias, and cherry trees are now in full bloom.

VanDusen is jointly operated by the Vancouver Park Board and the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association.

Buy tickets for the Easter Hop 

Easter Train

Operated by the Park Board, the Easter Train runs April 18 to 22. The train takes riders on a ride through the forest filled with cotton-tailed inhabitants. As in previous years, the Easter bunny will be in attendance.

Activities include: 

  • A scavenger hunt
  • Crafts
  • Bouncers and carnival games
  • A bunny burrow maze
  • A toddler zone

The train includes a replica of Canadian Pacific Railway Engine #374, which is famous for pulling Canada's first transcontinental passenger train into Vancouver in the late 1880s. It operates as a seasonal attraction and features various themes throughout the year, including Ghost Train in October and Bright Nights in December.

It is one of Vancouver's most popular family attractions, carrying more than 214,000 passengers per year.

The train is covered on rainy days.

Buy tickets for the Easter Train 

Egg hunts and carnivals

Community centres across the city also offer Easter activities such as egg hunts and carnivals. Contact the community centre of your choice or view the event calendar for more activities.

Pitch and putt

If you’re still looking for something else to do with the family, try your hand at pitch and putt.

Park Board operated pitch and putt courses in Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth and Rupert parks have also reopened for the season.