Easter. You know why you love it. It means you’ve made it through “Those Months”. The dreary, rainy (sometimes snowy), ‘is-spring-ever-gonna-get-here’ months. And then … Easter! And blossoms! And sunshine! And eggs and bunnies and fun, outdoor, family time! This coming Easter, fill your holiday weekend with a celebration of spring in Surrey.
Ride the Easter Train in Bear Creek Park
Hold onto your hats, kids! (Or in this case, your Easter bonnets.) The Bear Creek Park Train is back with its Easter Egg Hunt and Train Ride. Hop (pun intended) on the train and enjoy a ride through the Easter-themed forest to the egg hunt. The Easter Bunny will also be there to pose for selfies and sign autographs. (We’re actually not sure about the autograph part, but you will get to meet them.) The Easter Train is running April 9 – 10 AND April 15 – 18. Tickets are $10.00 per person (under 2 years old are free) and are available on-site.
Go on an Egg Hunt
Hop, hop, hop your way to North Surrey, on Sunday, April 17, for an Easter Egg Hunt with the Cari-Can Heritage Society. There will be games, crafts, prizes and lots of eggs! Tickets include an Easter Basket, a stuffed animal, chocolates, candies and lunch. Tickets are $15.
Visit a Garden
Surrey was formerly known as the City of Parks, but did you know that in the thick of all that beautiful greenery are beautifully manicured gardens? Most are free to visit, and spring is one of the most beautiful times of year to explore. Bear Creek Display Gardens and Fleetwood Park Display Garden are bursting with colour, or take a garden stroll at the always beautiful Darts Hill Garden Park. Find more of Surrey’s gardens here.
View the Cherry Blossoms
Spring in Surrey is cherry blossom season. Many parks and streets in the city are awash with pink and white petals and it is a welcome sight after a cold, dark winter. We all know that blossom season doesn’t last forever though … so don’t waste any time if you want to see these trees in all their glory! Not sure where to go? The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s Neighbourhood Map features almost 3000 cherry blossom tree locations across Metro Vancouver, including Surrey, and it will tell you which cultivars are blooming and where to find them.
Go Bird Watching
Did you know that Surrey is on the South Fraser Bird Trail and home to a number of parks that provide year-round birdwatching? In fact, there are over 200 unique species of birds to see in Surrey! Make a checklist of common birds to look for or download a birding app like Merlin or BirdNET, grab your binoculars if you have them, and head out on a birdwatching adventure. It’s an ideal way to appreciate Surrey’s winged wildlife in their natural habitat and explore Surrey’s beautiful green spaces. Here’s a little information about where to go and what to look for.
Go for a Bike Ride
Surrey is full of nature trails and natural greenery – and there’s no better way of experiencing them than by bicycle! Bike trails range from short and leisurely to long and challenging, so whether you’re out for a casual spin or bent on a serious trek, there’s a route to suit your fancy. And there are lots of routes perfectly suited for families and younger riders.
If you’ve been obsessing over weather reports, waiting for the clouds to finally part so you can hit the links, Surrey is your destination for great golf. Statistically, Surrey gets less precipitation than the rest of Metro Vancouver, meaning our greens are almost always in mint condition. With some of the best golf around, Surrey boasts several 18-hole championship courses like Hazelmere Golf and Tennis Club, Morgan Creek Golf Course, Northview Golf & Country Club, and The Hills at Portal Golf Club (formerly Peace Portal) as well as courses for all levels of play. If you’re looking for a quick round of pitch and putt, Birdie’s and Buckets boasts 9-holes at a seriously reasonable price.
Hit the Beach
Who says the beach is just for summer? Rain or shine, there’s so much to discover at the beach. Head to Crescent Beach, grab a coffee or an ice cream, or a coffee AND an ice cream, and go exploring. Keep your eyes peeled for crabs and clams, and colourful pieces of beach glass.