Pastel colours, daisies and daffodils. Easter is on its way and though the weather outside might be frightful it doesn’t mean your little munchkins aren’t going to give up their hunt for the goodies on Sunday morning. Lucky for you there are a couple of options. The Executive Suites Garibaldi Springs Hotel will be hosting Mr. Cottontail himself at 9 a.m. The Squamish Volunteer Fire Department is putting on its annual egg hunt at Brennan Park between 10 am and 1pm. Hanging out with hyped up kids running around looking for mythical magical ovids not your idea of the best way to spend a day off? Why not head out to one of the many restaurants around town that are offering Sunday Brunch specials for Easter weekend? Give any of the following a call and reserve for next weekend: Howe Sound Brew Pub (604) 892-2603; Furry Creek Golf & Country Club (604) 896-2224; The Living Room (604) 815-0048; Pepe and Gringos (604) 898-3606; The Red Bench (604) 898-9211; Parkside Restaurant (604) 893-2273; The Nest (604) 898-4444; Timberwolf Restaurant & Lounge (604) 815-4424.
Now, if you live in our house, both brunch and hunt will be taking place at home. First will come the egg hunt…the eggs must be hidden and hunted quickly or our black lab will have devoured everything Peter Cottontail left (and now that we have a sled dog that chases and catches rabbits, Peter will want to be about his business even quicker!). As for brunch, we are all about the big breakfast on weekends so this Easter will probably be no different – pancakes, French toast, and of course, maple syrup. However, next year, this tradition may have to end as apparently the maple trees out East aren’t really happy with the warm weather. Ontario's maple syrup producers are producing anywhere from 20 per cent to 50 per cent of what they normally make, according to Ray Bonenberg, president of the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association.He tells the Canadian press that all of the country's major maple syrup producing provinces, which include Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, have been affected by a lack of cold weather in 2012. This means that the harvest season was significantly shorter this year, resulting in a smaller output than what can usually be depended upon. Gee, if it was up to me I would have happily given up the wonderful weather we had this spring if only to make the trees happy.