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10 Activities to Add to Your Spring Break List in Vancouver

March 8th, 2023

Spring break is just around the corner, and Vancouver is the perfect destination for a getaway. With our mild climate, wide range of outdoor activities, and multitude of cultural events, there’s something for everyone.

To sweeten your stay, we have our Residents Offer open to BC, AB and Washington residents which includes complimentary self-parking, a late check-out of 2pm and an exclusive rate. If you’re visiting us from elsewhere, check out Embrace the Season which offers a great rate.

While you’re in the planning mode, we’ve rounded up some of the top spring break activities to add to your Vancouver itinerary.

1. Vancouver International Wine Festival: April 20 – 30, 2023

For wine, enthusiasts, the annual Vancouver International Wine Festival features hundreds of wines from around the world, as well as seminars, tastings and food pairings.

2. Chen Yun at Queen Elizabeth Theatre: March 21 – 35

Shen Yun invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Shen Yun makes this possible by pushing the boundaries of the performing arts, with a unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops, and an orchestra like no other. Be prepared for a theatrical experience that will take your breath away!

3. Relax at Willow Stream Spa

A spa day at the Willow Stream Spa is the perfect way to get in some well-deserved “me time”, or unwind with your partner or friends. Surrounded by harbour and mountain views, the spa offers a variety of treatments specializing in relaxation and rejuvenation. Some treatments at Willow Stream Spa are authentically Canadian. Try our Coastal Mountain Cleanse that features an algae mask and a restorative steam treatment, the Salt & Pepper Seaside Scrub which has an invigorating full body exfoliation with earthly minerals followed by a grapefruit and black pepper body oil massage. The Canadian Wilderness Retreat has a Canadian hemp and sea salt scrub followed by a tension releasing massage infused with Canadian evergreens. While you’re wrapped, a glacial clay masks the feet to further ground the spirit while restoring the mind with our expert scalp massage. Browse the full spa treatment menu.

4. Vancouver Art Gallery

The Vancouver Art Gallery is a must-visit destination for art lovers. The gallery features a wide range of exhibits, including contemporary art, historical pieces, and a variety of rotating exhibits. Check out their current events and exhibitions.

5. Fly Over Canada – Spring Break Edition

For the first year ever, Fly Over Canada has created a city-wide scavenger hunt in Vancouver. From March 22 – 26, 2023, check their Instagram @flyovercanadavancouver for clues on where they’ll be found around the city. You can win prizes including passes to experience Fly Over Canada’s new experience – “Hawaii From Above”. From February 16 until April 23, you can soar over Waikiki Beach, the Road to Hana and the flowing lava at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Escape Vancouver’s rain and discover lush forests and sandy beaches. 

6. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is a must-attend event for music lovers. The orchestra performs a variety of classical and contemporary works, with a range of concerts and events throughout the year. Check the schedule for special spring break events and concerts.

7. Vancouver Fashion Week: April 12 – 16, 2023

Vancouver Fashion Week is one of the city’s most popular fashion events. The event showcases the latest trends from local and international designers, with a focus on sustainable and ethical fashion. Whether you’re a fashion student, designer, or enthusiast, this is a must-attend event.

8. Vancouver Aquarium

March is a great time to visit the ever-popular Vancouver Aquarium. With fewer crowds than the summer months, you’ll have even more time to explore the aquarium’s exhibits and learn about the amazing marine life that calls the Pacific Northwest home.

9. Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival: April 1 -23, 2023

March marks the start of Cherry Blossom Festival in Vancouver, when the city’s streets and parks become adorned with beautiful pink and white blossoms. Take a stroll through the city’s neighbourhoods to see the trees in full bloom, or head to one of the city’s many parks for a picnic under the trees.

10. Catch a Concert

Whether you’re the type to travel to a city to catch a concert that’s on your bucket list, or are looking for something fun to do while in Vancouver, there are some great concerts on during spring break. Some key artists coming include Red Hot Chili Peppers (March 29), SZA (March 19), John Mellencamp (March 13 & 14), Lewis Capaldi (April 25 & 26), and John Mayer (April 10), Olivia Rodrigo (April 7 & 8).


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