As the summer warmth gradually fades and the leaves display their reddish and golden hues, Vancouver transforms into a picturesque wonderland during the fall season.

With its breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cultural scene and an array of outdoor activities, this coastal gem offers an exquisite palette of experiences for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a food connoisseur or an art aficionado, there is a bounty of great fall activities in Vancouver.

Here are some of the must-try activities and fun places in Vancouver to check out this season:

1. Halloween

As October 31 approaches, there is no shortage of spooky ways to celebrate. Experience the seasonal charm by visiting a local pumpkin patch, such as the Richmond Country Farms by the George Massey Tunnel or Aldor Acres near Fort Langley. Burnaby’s Pumpkins After Dark is an outdoor Halloween event featuring more than 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins in a one-of-a-kind walk-through experience. The magical pathways are adorned with pumpkin sculptures, music, sounds and special effects, including displays featuring superheroes, dinosaurs, dragons and Disney characters. This event runs on select days until October 31. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit the Pumpkins After Dark website.

2. Vancouver Asian Film Festival

This annual film fest returns with more than 100 movies from 10 different countries from November 2 to 12. The first part of the festival takes place at the Cineplex Odeon International Village, with the remainder being shown online.

3. Lumière Vancouver 2023

A series of interactive art installations will light up in Vancouver this November. See this link for a list of public artworks inspired by light and artistic expression.

4. George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

The Reifel Bird Sanctuary, located in Ladner near the mouth of the Fraser River, is a renowned haven for avian enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. This expansive sanctuary, spanning over 850 acres, is a vital stopover for countless migratory birds along the Pacific Flyway, making it a crucial hub for bird conservation and research. The sanctuary boasts a diverse range of habitats, including wetlands, marshes and dykes, creating an ideal environment for a myriad of bird species to thrive.

5. Explore Stanley Park

Embrace the crisp fall air with a leisurely stroll or bike ride through Stanley Park, located not too far away from University Canada West’s campuses. Marvel at the vibrant foliage as you meander along the scenic seawall or delve into the park’s lush, forested trails, all while relishing the breathtaking views of the North Shore Mountains and the city skyline. It’s a great place to experience Vancouver in the fall.

6. Visit Granville Island Public Market

Indulge your senses at the bustling Granville Island Public Market, where the autumn harvest brings an abundance of fresh, local produce and artisanal goods. Sample delectable treats, pick up seasonal fruits and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this cultural hub, which often hosts various events, including art exhibitions and live performances.

7. Embark on a foliage tour

Take a scenic drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway or venture to the Fraser Valley to witness the breathtaking autumn foliage in all its glory. Immerse yourself in the vivid colours of the changing leaves, with the vibrant reds, oranges and yellows painting the landscapes in a mesmerizing display of nature’s artistry.

8. Hike in the North Shore Mountains

Lace up your hiking boots and embark on an adventure through the North Shore Mountains, where you can view the fall colours in Vancouver and take part in invigorating outdoor activities. With an array of trails catering to various skill levels, you can enjoy a rewarding hike amidst the breathtaking natural beauty of the region. Vancouver Trails has an expansive list of locations to check out.

Vancouver’s charm transcends seasons, but the fall season undoubtedly adds an extra layer of enchantment to this already captivating city. So, whether you’re an avid outdoor adventurer, a culinary enthusiast or an art aficionado, Vancouver offers an array of delightful experiences that are bound to make your autumn visit a memorable one. Embrace the beauty of the season and immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry that Vancouver has to offer.

Published on October 20, 2023.