Easter means different things for different people, but one thing we can all agree on is chocolate eggs and brunch – and Barrie has both in spades! Easter egg hunts are a tradition that’s as hard to resist as the chocolate you’ll unwrap and savour, and a big part of the fun is searching for the treats.
Easter Egg Hunts
Chappell Farms is holding it’s spring festival, complete with baby farm animals, play areas and a candy hunt every hour, on Good Friday through to Easter Sunday. Chappell Farms is located to Barrie’s northeast, at Highway 11 and 93.
Rounds Ranch is holding hunts on Good Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They have six trails to hop along, with a trail for every age: Bunny Patch Hunt, Bunny Trail, Rabbit Trail, Mystery Trail, Glow in the Dark Trail and The Resurrection Trail. Rounds Ranch also has photo ops with the Easter Bunny, a sing-a-long show and pony rides.
Drysdale’s is most often known for its Christmas trees and seasonal celebrations, but they also host Easter Egg Hunts from April 19 to 21. The spring event includes face painting, a magic show, visits with the Easter Bunny and an exotic animal show. Children ride a wagon to the hunt area and search for a specific colour of egg based on their age. All children receive a treat bag, regardless of the number of eggs they collect.
If you’re looking to blend faith with a bit of fun and food, Mapleview Community Church hosts an Easter egg hunt and a pancake breakfast on April 20th, starting at 9:30. Admission to the event includes cookie decorating and egg painting.
Eggs – Hunted and Scrambled
Tangle Creek, just outside Barrie, is known for their seasonal and celebration brunches. This year the Easter Sunday Brunch also includes an egg hunt. Their delicious menu has something for everyone in the family, whether vegetarian, pescatarian or meat-lover. Reservations are required.
Innisbrook Golf also tees up a celebratory Easter brunch, with a sitting at 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. The feast sounds absolutely delicious and will include Eggs Benedict, marinated mussels, ham, chicken, French toast and warm maple syrup.
Horseshoe Resort is also whipping up an Easter brunch on Sunday the 21st, for those who don’t mind a short drive north. Their menu is mouth watering and has something for just about everybody, Maple Waffles with Sweetened Cream & Blueberries sounds amazing right about now. Reservations are required and the space fills up fast, so don’t wait too long!
The fun tradition of dyeing and decorating eggs can be traced back to when the Roman Catholic church forbade eating eggs during the week leading up to Easter, and instead encouraged that eggs be decorated and given as gifts. The Easter Egg Hunt, enjoyed by kids of all ages today, became a popular tradition in Britain in the 1800’s.