12 Things To Do in Edmonton This Easter

Assemble the perfect Easter basket, enjoy brunch, and fill your schedule with festive activities.

March 22, 2016

courtesy of JACEK Chocolate Couture

If you’re assembling an Easter basket…

Toss in some chic-hen eggs or robin eggs

If you’re looking to put together a chic Easter basket filled with chocolate treats, one of your first stops should be JACEK Chocolate Couture. JACEK’s recent Easter Collection is filled with both traditional picks like chocolate bunnies and more artistic choices, like the robin egg truffles. Plus, if you’re just not confident in your ability to assemble the perfect basket, JACEK has made your life easy by offering an already assembled gift basket for purchase.

JACEK Chocolate Couture, 406 Kaska Rd., Sherwood Park, 780-464-5200 / 10140 104 St., 780-705-9927, jacekchocolate.com

Find a few unique treats at the farmers’ market

City Market, the popular downtown farmers’ market, is running on the Saturday of Easter weekend as usual — but they’re including a bit of extra Easter flair in their regular market. Support local and find a few edible or non-edible gifts from your favourite vendors for a few additions to an Easter basket that anyone will love.

City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-429-5713, city-market.ca

Add the piece de resistance to your basket

Provisions by Duchess has a few Easter-specific treats, such as a SOMA Runaway Bunny and Valrhona Easter Eggs, but products like cookie cutters, macaron kits, or unique cookbooks would be the perfect way to round out any Easter basket. Or, if you’re just looking to bring something to an Easter dinner or brunch, opt for their brightly coloured Gateau Gabrielle — the vibrant layers of passionfruit, coconut and raspberry will stun at any event. Just remember the bake shop is closed on Easter Sunday and Monday, so don't leave it until the last minute.

Duchess Bake Shop, 10718 124 St., 780-488-4999, duchessbakeshop.com

If you’re looking for something more traditional…

Stop by an Easter festival on a scenic farm

Hop! Easter Fest takes place on Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm, which is only a short drive away in Bon Accord. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly festivities, or just want to get out of the city for awhile, you’re sure to find something to enjoy. Things kick off with a pancake breakfast, then there will be gardening workshops, Easter crafts, egg hunts, bale mazes, a farm lunch with dishes featuring vegetables harvested from the farm and more.

Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farms, 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord, AB, 780-921-2272, prairiegardens.org

Celebrate in a historic house

Rutherford House, located on the University of Alberta campus, is hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza on March 27 from noon to 4:00 pm. Explore a grand historic home as you hunt for eggs coloured in historical methods — and, of course, enjoy a few fresh baked treats as you hunt.

Rutherford House, 11153 Saskatchewan Drive, 780-427-3995, history.alberta.ca

Enjoy a green Easter, regardless of the weather outside

In our cold climate, the pyramids at the Muttart Conservatory are constantly in bloom — so why not celebrate spring somewhere you can actually see flowers in March? On Easter Sunday, the Easter Hoppenings event is taking place, where families can enjoy shows in centre court, plant a jelly bean plant, and meet some friends from the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Horticulture enthusiasts can check out Muttart’s Swing into Spring pyramid filled with tulips, daffodils and hyacinths while they’re there.

Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St., 311, edmonton.ca

Celebrate Easter the Victorian way

While you may have your own modern Easter festivities planned, Fort Edmonton Park is celebrating Easter the Victorian way during their Sweet Treat event. Guests can participate in a scavenger hunt, try out traditional activities like wool carding, watch vintage short films and more.

Fort Edmonton Park, 7000 143 St., 780-496-7381, fortedmontonpark.ca

If you’re looking for the perfect Easter Sunday brunch…

Brunch and brews

Forget mimosas — if your perfect brunch pairing is a craft brew, Craft Beer Market might be the perfect spot for your Easter brunch. It will be holding a special Easter Brunch buffet with a variety of classic breakfast items to choose from.

Craft Beer Market, 10013 101A Ave., 780-424-2337, craftbeermarket.ca

Brunch with a view

When it comes to a classic, elegant brunch, few do it better than the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. Treat yourself on Easter Sunday with brunch in the beautiful Empire Ballroom, followed by an Easter egg hunt with a gorgeous view of the River Valley.

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, 10065 100 St., 780-424-5181, fairmont.com/macdonald-edmonton

If you’re looking for something unusual…

Watch a movie about two very different Easter bunnies

If cartoons about bunnies just aren’t your thing, Metro Cinema has you covered with a special Easter screening of Hank and Mike, a film in their Metro Bizarro series that they’re screening in remembrance of director Matthiew Klinck. The dark comedy follows two Easter bunnies who find themselves unemployable once they’re downsized out of their regular gigs.

Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

Put on your detective cap for an Easter game with a Sherlockian twist

Telus World of Science Edmonton is open all Easter weekend, so once you’ve eaten you share of chocolate eggs, pop by for some festive experiments. Guests can participate in the Easter mystery, where they can tap into their inner Sherlock Holmes to discover who has stolen all the Easter eggs, create an Easter Bunny trap that would make Rube Goldberg proud and more.

Telus World of Science, 11211 142 St., 780-451-3344, telusworldofsciencedmonton.com

Participate in an outdoor dance party

On Saturday of Easter weekend, The Downtown Defrost returns for another year. For those who haven’t attended, the event is an outdoor winter dance event where you can listen to the music of various DJs, dance the night away in a heated dance area, and enjoy some food and beverages.

Sir Winston Churchill Square Observation Deck, 9930 102 Ave., edmontonnextgen.ca

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