It’s the Easter long weekend y’all – the perfect time to relax and venture outside for some much deserved sunshine. We’ve rounded up a list of things to do in and around the GTA involving eggs (natch), baby animals, and mother nature for those of us who need a break from Jack Frost’s shenanigans.

1. Visit a couple of baby rhinos at the Toronto Zoo

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Video courtesy of @thetorontozoo

When: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm every day

Where: 2000 Meadowvale Rd, north of Sheppard Ave. E in Scarborough

Best for: Budding zoologists and anyone who wants to learn more about rhino conservancy efforts while looking at these darling babies. The zoo is also hosting photo sessions with an Easter bunny, and talking about how eggs play into the diets of their many animal residents.


2. Take in the floral views at Allen Gardens’ Spring Flower Show

Picture courtesy of @tbg_canada

When: 10 am – 5 pm every day

Where: 19 Horticultural Ave. in Toronto

Best for: Those looking for a peaceful stroll in the midst of downtown Toronto. Oh, and anyone who loves flowers of course. More information on the Spring Flower Show can be found here.


3. Go egg hunting at Easterfest

Downey's Farm Easter Egg Hunt

Picture courtesy of @downeysfarm

When: 10 am – 5 pm (last admission at 4 pm) throughout the weekend

Where: 13682 Heartlake Road, at Downey’s Farm Market north of Brampton

Best for: Parents with young children who still believe in the Easter bunny… or are just hungry for some good ol’ chocolate eggs. 😉 Other entertainment include face painting, admiring some adorable baby animals, and a magic show. More details on Easterfest can be found here.


4. Immerse yourself in the world of maple syrup

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

Picture courtesy of @kortrightcentre

When: 9:30 am – 4 or 5 pm (depending on the day)

Where: 9550 Pinevalley Drive in Woodbridge

Best for: Anyone with a sweet tooth (I mean if you’re following us, then the chances of this is pretty high). Learn about how maple syrup is made, and better yet, taste some!


5. Exercise that right brain by painting eggs

Pysanky Eggs

Picture courtesy of Alan Light

When: March 31st, 1 – 4 pm

Where: Todmorden Mills at 67 Pottery Road in Toronto

Best for: Anyone with lots of patience and a steady hand. More details here.


6. Take a hike and reconnect with nature

Swan in High Park

Photo courtesy of Jed De La Cruz

When: March 31st, 12:00 – 3:30 pm

Where: High Park in Toronto

Best for: Nature lovers or anyone looking to stretch their legs a wee bit after a long winter hibernation indoors. Hike details can be found here.


7. Spoil your pet at the Spring Canadian Pet Expo

Photo courtesy of @canadianpetexpo

When: Friday through Sunday; daily hours of operation found here

Where: the International Centre at 6900 Airport Road in Mississauga

Best for: Doting pet parents and anyone who spends more than half an hour each day watching cute cat videos. (Oh wait, is that everyone???)


8. Join in the merriment at the Beaches Easter Parade Beaches Lions Club Easter Parade

Photo courtesy of Toronto Beaches Lions

When: April 1st at 2 p.m.

Where: Starting at Munro Park at Queen Street East; parade route can be seen here

Best for: Anyone who enjoys watching the Santa Clause Parade – this one is for you. Originally started in 1967, the parade this year is being led by Gabrielle Daleman as Grand Marshal.


9. Treat the whole family to their dessert of choice

Demetres' NY Cheesecake with sauce

When: Any day (normal hours in effect)

Where: Any of our 11 locations

Best for: Sweet fiends looking for a place to gather and catch-up with one another 🙂


We hope you have a relaxing long weekend and a happy Easter for those who celebrate it! Check back next week for a fun spring DIY, and follow us on Instagram (@demetres) for giveaways and daily dessert features.

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