March means the sun shining more frequently, which means it’s time for a break! Spring Break is happening from the 15-26th of March this year and despite the challenge of COVID19, there are plenty of things happening in Vancouver which are covid secure. Here are 25 of the top things to do during spring break this year.
1. Vancouver Mysteries
Ready to solve a mystery and have an adventure with your family? Vancouver Mysteries is a fully outdoor, covid secure game that takes you throughout downtown Vancouver solving clues in teams. Teams must be within the same household and you can pick the adventure that sounds the most fun to you!
2. Imagine Van Gogh
Head to the fabulous Vancouver Convention Centre for the new installation called “Imagine Van Gough” a unique showcase including 200 of the artist’s work on big screens, interactive and creative. Tickets range weekday – weekend ranging between $35 – $44, starts March 19th.
1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver
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3. Celtic Fest
Saint Patricks Day was cancelled in 2021 due to COVID19 but luckily this year they’re offering an exciting Celtic Fest all online. The events vary and include cocktail classes, game shows, Irish language lessons, traditional Irish music performances, and much more. You will need to register in advance to get a ticket for each event.
4. Vancouver Art Gallery
With plenty of wonderful exhibits on, the Vancouver Art Gallery is always a great idea. This year, there are specific family focussed events going throughout spring break. The theme is underwater, underground, space, outer space, and intergalactic. You must register in advance for all of the exciting activities.
Online & 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
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5. Cypress Mountain
Boasting over 50 ski runs, and 600 acres, Cypress Mountain is always a good idea. Conveniently located in West Vancouver, you can spend the day or many days skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing. You can get your tickets online with prices ranging from 50 – 100 depending on when you wish to hit the slopes.
6000 Cypress Bowl Rd, West Vancouver
6. Spring Break at the FRDC
Take a break and spring into the Discovery Centre! This Spring Break, the Fraser River Discovery Centre is excited to offer two weeks of interactive family-friendly activities, tours, and online programs from Saturday, March 13th to Sunday, March 28th! Staff and volunteers will also offer FRDC Exhibit Tours and Quayside Walking Tours, which provide different ways to explore the Fraser River’s economic, environmental, and cultural contributions to the province!
788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
7. Vancouver Flea Market
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Browse the interesting selection at the Vancouver Flea Market which has been running since 2002 and runs weekends only with around 40,000 feet of space and hundreds of vendors. Open between 9-4.30 pm.
703 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver
8. Stanley Park
With over 27 km of exciting forest trails, beaches, wildlife and more to explore, head to Stanley Park for a wonderful day enjoying Vancouver’s largest park. The park is open from 6 am – 10 pm for your adventure.
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9. Science World
Science World remains open, but you must have an advanced ticket. We recommend checking out their newest installation, Arctic Voices – which explores the tundra, animals, and more in the world’s most northernmost biome! You won’t believe some of the amazing sights including auroras, ice flores and more. Tickets start at $18.57
1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
10. Riley Park Farmers Market
Riley Park Farmers Market remains open with social distancing measures in place. This wonderful farmer market bustling with exciting vendors including artisans, fresh produce, and delicious treats runs Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm.
Riley Park Plaza, 30th Avenue & Ontario Street
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11. Mount Seymour Ski Resort
Mount Seymour is super popular within the area for families as it boasts plenty of beginner runs and is easy to get to from Vancouver! There are over 200 acres of adventure space so you can ski, snowboard, snowshoe, or tube! Tickets run between $25-100.
12. Coquitlam Crunch
With the extra time, use it to get into the great outdoors and get your heart rate pumping at the famous Coquitlam Crunch hike, a steep urban trail that takes about 1.5 hours to complete, and reaches an elevation of 244 metres.
2635 Runnel Dr, Coquitlam
13. Treat yourself at Breka Bakery
Regarded as Vancouver locals’ favourite, Breka Bakery is Vancouver’s 24×7 bakery which serves up the best in sweet treats and desserts. There are 5 locations around town so you can get your fixings wherever you are. Order for takeaway or dine in.
6533 Fraser Street
812 Bute Street
855 Davie Street
821 Denman Street
3750 W 4th Avenue
14. Cherry Blossoms
The best part of spring…the changing trees and colours! The beloved Cherry Blossom Festival is happening this year, albeit online for you and your household to enjoy the joy of the beautiful trees. This year it features over 40,000 cherry trees.
15. Bike rides
With the good weather, you can finally wheel out the bikes again for a wonderful bike ride at one of the many locations across the city. There are lots of exciting places for cyclists of all levels ranging from city to trail rides.
16. Whytecliff Park
Whytecliff Park is well known for its amazing sunsets and pretty views. It is also known as a great family-friendly location for a nice walk! At only 2 km, anyone can do it and its only about 25 minutes from Downtown, in West Vancouver so it feels like a nice day trip!
102 Marine Dr, West Vancouver
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Following strict covid guidelines, Watermania is excited to reopen on March 15th. Watermania is a super fun aquatic experience including springboards, wave pool, two waterslides, whirlpools, and much more. It’s suitable for children and families of all ages with something for everyone.
14300 Entertainment Blvd, Richmond
18. Burnaby Village Museum
The venue will be re-opening from March 15-26 to accommodate spring break 2021, but you are required to have a booking and ticket in advance. The Museum is a time machine, transporting you to 1920 village with exciting exhibits including a farmhouse, general store, blacksmiths, tramcar and plenty more! Admission is free.
6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
19. VanDusen Bloedel Conservatory
While we can’t go on vacation anywhere tropical, we can play pretend at the VanDusen Bloedel Conservatory which is a cool biodome in Queen Elizabeth park feature plants, sounds and birds that feel totally tropical. Tickets and reservations required. Tickets range from free – $7.05
4600 Cambie St, Vancouver
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20. Pizzeria Barbarella
Who doesn’t love a pizza! Treat the family with a visit to the rustic, family-friendly pizza joint, Pizzeria Barbarella in East Vancouver is open for take away and for dine-in. Enjoy creative pies such as the filetti, divola, Hawaiian punch, and more.
654 East Broadway, Vancouver
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21. #LoveVancouver Bubbles
Once the sun goes down head to one of the three locations to see the walk-through light and movement installation striving to show everyone some love and joy! This experience is throughout March Thursday – Sunday from 5-9 pm with live performances taking place on Fridays only. Free, but with covid social distancing measures in place.
Thursdays (no live dancers): Lot 19, 855 W Hastings St. (between W Hastings St. and W Cordova St. at the foot of Hornby St.)
Fridays (with live dancers): Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Courtyard, 1000 Burrard St.
Saturdays (no live dancers): Bute and Alberni Plaza
22. Greater Vancouver Zoo
The zoo is welcoming guests again, but with strict covid19 restrictions. Visit the rescued, donated, and orphaned animals including flamingos, bald eagles, bisons, giraffes, and more at the Zoo while learning about them, their unique ecosystem and conservation, and community. You will need to get a ticket in advance which range from $20 – $27.00
5048 – 264th Street, Aldergrove
23. Granville Island
Granville Island is always a good idea! Since February 2021, much of the area has reopened with social distancing measures in place. This includes the fabulous, interactive Kids Market, retails shops, and restaurants. Stroll around and play, then take the fun False Creek Ferry!
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24. Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
To celebrate the iconic Bill Reid, the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast art has re-opend with a bang, an extraordinary exhibition all about his life and legacy aptly named: To speak with Golden Voice, which will run until April 11th, 2021. Admission is $13.
639 Hornby Street, Vancouver
25. Jean Pierre Perrault’s Joe Dance Broadcast
This show has received extensive praise and has even been called “one of the most iconic creations in the Canadian dance canon.” Featuring brilliant choreography by Jean Pierre Perrault Joe, DanceHouse is streaming their performance that highlights the human condition between March 17-23rd. Tickets are $16.00 and run between March 17-23rd all online.
26. Family Programming
Visit H.R. MacMillan Space Centre on Spring Break weekends to learn more about rockets and how they are used in space exploration.
During your 60-minute visit, you will have 30 minutes to explore the exhibits in Cosmic Courtyard Gallery and learn more about the different types of rockets used in space exploration. The other 30 minutes will be spent building and launching your own pop bottle rocket.
27. The Dancers of Damelahamid’s Coastal First Nations Dance Festival
This year’s festival will take place all online between March 12th – 18th. You can look forward to the brilliant Dancers of Damelahamid‘s amazing cultural performance and routines. It highlights Canadian Indigenous artists from BC, Western Canada, and the Yukon.
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