Things to Do in Vancouver – April 2023
With spring in full swing, but our mountains still boasting snow, there’s so much to do and see in Vancouver in April that we actually had trouble narrowing it down to these four picks! From easter egg hunts, through to a big-name sporting event, and nature’s own cherry blossom extravaganza, there are some really great reasons to visit Vancouver in April.
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
April 1 – 23
The blossoms are back! Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival officially kicks off on April 1 with The Big Picnic at Yaletown’s David Lam Park, with other highlights including the Sakura Days Japan Fair at VanDusen Botanical Garden (April 15 & 16), and Bike the Blossoms (April 22), with plenty of Tree Talks & Walks in between. If you’re not a joiner, it’s still worth checking out the festival’s website for mobile maps of neighbourhoods showing you what’s blooming and where in the city.
Easter in Vancouver
April 7 – 9
Whether you’re a devout Christian, or just a secular lover of chocolate and cute bunnies, if you’re visiting Vancouver over the Easter long weekend, you’ll find plenty to do. The Burrard’s downtown location means it’s close to services including those at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church and Christ Church Cathedral. If you want to work off your Easter Brunch, check out the Big Easter Run at Jericho Beach on April 8 – the self-described “hoppiest run of the year”. If you’re more interested in chocolate (or if you have kids that are), consider dropping into the Eggs-tacular Easter Egg Hunt at Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Centre. Or venture out into the suburbs for farm-based fun such as Easterfest at Taves Family Farms and Baby Animal Easter Days at Maan Farms, both of which are in Abbotsford.
Billie Jean King Cup Women’s Tennis Qualifying Round
April 14 & 15
Vancouver will host a qualifying round of the Billie Jean King Cup, seeing Canada face off with Belgium, with the winner moving on to the finals in November. Known as the World Cup of Women’s Tennis, the tournament is a team event, with Bianca Andreescu, Leylah Annie Fernandez, Rebecca Marino and Gabriela Dabrowski representing Team Canada this year. The competition gets underway on Friday, April 14 with two singles matches. The following day, the Canada and Belgium will play three matches: two in singles and one in doubles.
Vancouver International Wine Festival
April 22 – 30
Step into the Vancouver Convention Centre, which boasts a jaw dropping view of the harbour and North Shore mountains, and enjoy tipples from Australia to Uruguay during the Vancouver International Wine Festival. This year’s geographical focus is South America, and featured style is sparkling wines. What we love about the festival is the range of approachable events, from the massive International Festival Tastings (with all 148 participating wineries), through to casual soirees like the California Wine & Taco Fest, and seminars like La Crema de la Crema – a tasting featuring South America’s “wow wines”.
Feature Image: Vancouver cherry blossoms – Laura Lefurgey-Smith via Unsplash
Cherry blossoms at Nitobe Garden – guy_dugas via Pixabay
Easter Eggs – Annie Spratt via Unsplash
Rebecca Marino – Joe Ng via Tennis Canada website
Pouring wine: VIWF website