“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Fall is a time for change. A time to look forward, start new beginnings, and maybe ponder new goals as the New Year approaches.
It is also time to observe the incredible change of season. The colours, scents, and textures can lure us out for a stroll to take in nature’s wonders. As nature makes its transition, we observe the beauty in shedding the old.
So get outdoors and enjoy your city. There are activities for persons of all ages – – here is a quick list of fun activities happening in the Greater Vancouver area this Fall.
Jump in the car and enjoy a free drive-in movie at River District Vancouver. There are Double Features Saturdays playing through October 27th. http://riverdistrict.ca/drive-in-movies/
Vancouver Art Gallery
Art sparks our imagination and curiosity. Mark your calendar to make a visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery on any Tuesday evening from 5pm – 9pm, when admission is by donation. http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/visit_the_gallery/plan_your_visit.html
Vancouver Walking Tours
Explore your city by taking a free walking tour of a Vancouver neighbourhood accompanied by an educated and entertaining local guide. https://www.tourguys.ca/vancouver-free-tours/
Fort Langley Cranberry Festival
Saturday, October 6th, 8 am – 5 pm, Fort Langley
There are roughly 50 cranberry family farm operators in the Vancouver area. Kicking off Thanksgiving weekend, the berries history and harvest are celebrated in the town centre of Fort Langley Village.Take a stroll through the 70+ market vendors displaying and selling their unique selection of artisan products. You’ll find jewellery, hand-made arts and crafts, specialty sweets, organic coffee and more! Street performers bring their skills and talent to please the walking crowd.
Halloween Parade & Expo
October 7th, 11am, Downtown Vancouver (Starts at Howe St for 10 blocks, ends at Granville St)
Make it a family trip to downtown Vancouver for the Grande Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 7th. It’s free to watch! Be there early to grab good seats. http://www.vanhalloween.com/ihc/event/vanhalloween/en-us/index.php
October – November 2018, Various locations in Vancouver and Surrey
Celebrate with dance, music, and, storytelling during the annual celebration of light. DiwaliFest in Vancouver is a major cultural event with colourful community events, activities, events, food, dance, performances and more. Find out what’s happening this year in Metro Vancouver at https://diwalifest.ca/
If you and the family are up for a hike with Vancouver’s lush side of nature, Stanley Park offers some of the most amazing views for trails and autumn photo ops. Visit outdoorvancouver.ca for terrain details including various difficulty levels, maps, and, locations.
Ghost Train in Stanley Park
October 11 – 31
The Stanley Park Ghost Train takes place every year. The ride takes you on a Halloween and spooky tales inspired journey of stories, legends and folklore of Halloween and Harvest celebrations. Family friendly event. Activities include a Haunted Maze/The Little Monsters Maze, crafts and movies, exhibits by the Stanley Park Ecology Society and a pumpkin patch. Coffee and snacks available. Visit https://vancuver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/ghost-train.aspx for more spooky details
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Do you love plants? VanDusen Botanical Garden is a gorgeous 55-acre plant garden in the heart of Vancouver. Capture local wildlife with your lens, journey through the Elizabethan hedge maze, or stroll through the 7,500+ plant species and varieties from around the world. Truly unwind in a serene setting and stay for a bite to eat. Senior and group rates available. Visit http://vandusengarden.org/ for all activities, events, hours and admission.
Formerly an industrial wasteland, Granville Island was rehabilitated in the 70s and is now known for its creative arts, crafts, and culinary community. Granville Island is the ideal day trip for couples and families to experience Vancouver. https://granvilleisland.com
Maplewood Conservation Area & Farm
October – December
Free Walk & Bird Watch: 2nd Saturday of each month, starting at 10am
Enjoy a 1.5 hr guided walk with legendary Lower Mainland Naturalist Al Grass.
- October 8th: Fresh and Frosty. Birds begin to prepare for the challenges of winter.
- November 12th: Woodland Wonders. Maplewood’s forests live with the help of beetles, woodpeckers and fungi.
- December 10th: Home for the Holidays. A winter’s day at Maplewood is always full of wonderful surprises.
All activities take place rain or shine and start from the site office http://vancouversnorthshore.com/things-to-do/parks/maplewood-conservation-area
While you’re there, visit the 200 animals and birds who have made Maplewood Farm their home https://www.tourismvancouver.com/listings/maplewood-farm/17751/
Vancouver is home to some of the most vibrant festivals, shows, farmers markets and special events in the fall. Be sure to check official event websites to stay up to date on changes and exact details. Visit Vancouver’s Best Places website for a fantastic monthly calendar https://vancouversbestplaces.com/events-calendar/
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