Many Torontonians will be celebrating Easter on Sunday, March 31, 2013. Most people will have Good Friday off while others will also enjoy an extra long weekend with an Easter Monday vacation. If you’re at home with the kids over the Easter long weekend and have had your fill of Easter eggs or Easter brunches, you might want to check out some of the Easter events going on in Toronto.
Toronto Zoo Easter “Egg” Stravaganza
The Toronto Zoo will have many Easter-themed activities during each day of the Easter long weekend from March 29, 2013 to April 1, 2013. Visitors can take a walk along the Zoo’s Spring Trail and visit volunteer stations for Easter eggs. Watch the Beary-Bunny Easter Parade at noon and 2 p.m. each day. There will also be Easter Keeper talks and Giant Panda Mascots Er Shun and Da Mao dressed for Easter. General admission to the Toronto Zoo is $20 (13-64), Seniors (65+) $15, Children (4-12) $11 and 3 and under Free.
Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at Bruce’s Mill
Easter weekend is the last weekend for maple syrup at Bruce’s Mill, which will be open every day of the Easter long weekend except Easter Monday. Watch maple syrup demonstrations, live entertainment, participate in crafts and enjoy wagon rides. A pancake and maple syrup meal is available for an extra fee. Adults $10, seniors and children $6.50 and 4 and under Free. Bruce’s Mill is located at 3291 Stouffville Road, Stouffville.
Toronto Beaches Easter Parade
The Toronto Easter Parade in the Beaches takes place on Sunday, March 31, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. The annual Easter parade starts at Neville Park and proceeds west along Queen Street to Woodbine Avenue.
Good Friday Procession on College Street
If you’ve never seen the Good Friday Procession that travels through Little Italy’s streets, it is at once a solemn and captivating event to witness. The Easter procession, which includes parishioners depicting Jesus surrounded by Roman soldiers on the walk to Calvary, starts at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, 72 Mansfield Avenue at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013. The procession proceeds south to Dundas St. W., north on Montrose Ave., east on College St. and south on Manning Ave. back to the church.
Easter Chocolate Tour of Trinity-Bellwoods
If the Easter Bunny forgot to stop by your house, join the Sweets Tour of Trinity Bellwoods hosted by Tasty Tours Toronto on Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The guided tour of Trinity-Bellwoods area chocolate stores includes Le Dolci and Nadège Patisserie and starts at Ten Thousand Villages at 709 Queen Street West. Participants will enjoy samples from five bakeries and candy stores and speak to chocolatiers about chocolate-making. Adults $35.
Easter at Colborne Lodge, High Park
On Saturday, March 24, 2013 from noon to 3 p.m., children can visit Colborne Lodge in High Park and search for Easter eggs, participate in egg races and dye eggs inside Colborne Lodge. General admission is Adults $5.71 + HST, Seniors (65+) $2.62 + HST, Youth (13-18) $3.54 + HST and Children (4-12) $2.65 + HST. Easter egg hunt is $3 extra and egg dying is an additional $1. Colborne Lodge is located at the south end of High Park. There is limited parking near the lodge. Call 416-392-6916.