9 Essentials Every Visitor Needs for Autumn in Vancouver

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Though it’s not officially autumn until later in September, the leaves are turning colour and it’s definitely time for locals and visitors to carry a pumpkin spice latte instead of an iced tea while out and about in Vancouver! It’s my favourite season, and as we segue into crisper, cosier temperatures, every Vancouverite knows it’s important to have the essentials. Here’s what you need to pack for a fall visit to Vancouver:


The reason Vancouver and it’s surrounding areas are so green is because it rains a fair amount. A good travel-size umbrella will do you, but if you get caught short, most hotels have nice sturdy umbrellas for guests to borrow. If you’re not keen on carrying an umbrella, a good raincoat is your best bet. (And if you happen to be in Yaletown, there’s a good spot where you’ll likely find at least a few other people!)

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Autumn can bring crisp, bright days, but before and after the sun goes down, the temperature can get a bit chilly. Dressing in layers is the best way to go. A good rainjacket or water repellant coat and light sweaters are always a good bet.


Though we are transitioning into the rainy season, sunglasses are always a must. A sunny autumn day in Vancouver shows off the pretty colours of the season at their best, and you don’t want to spend the entire day squinting at the pretty view, right?

Walking Shoes

Vancouver is a walking city all year round. Rain or shine, there always people strolling the Seawall or any of these other scenic walking routes. So good shoes are a must, and a waterproof option is recommended. I’m particularly fond of my rain boots, but as you’ll likely not want to pack too much, a multipurpose shoe is the way to go.

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While you’re walking around the city, you will 100% be taking pictures of all the fiery coloured leaves and mountain views; and if you’re like me, you’ll also be taking pictures of your food. (Vancouver’s restaurant scene is an Instagram foodie dream!) I know this seems like an obvious one, but I don’t want you to miss out on any photo ops! So, your smartphone and camera are a must.


Not only is a smartphone a great camera, it’s also become the way to figure out how to get somewhere, where to eat, etc. No need for a physical map (though Tourism Vancouver has those for you, just in case!) If you’re worried about roaming or using up your data, log on to Vancouver’s free wi-fi hotspots!

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Something to Carry It All In

So you’ve got all the things you need for exploring around the city, and a good bag to put them in is obviously also needed. Again, waterproof or water-repellant are ideal. A small backpack or a tote bag will hold all your essentials and a bottle of water (because it’s important to stay hydrated all year long!)

A Cup of Something Hot

What is this time of year without a pumpkin spice latte or a decadent hot chocolate? As the weather gets a little cooler (and even just because it’s fall!) you won’t see anyone without a coffee shop cup or personal go-cup. Vancouver has some fantastic coffee shops and there is always something for everyone’s taste. Get something to-go, or to have a cozy break with your travel companions. Some local to Vancouver coffee shops with various location include:


Compass Card

Aside from walking, Vancouver’s public transit options are the best way to get around. Fares are paid via Compass Card single fares or a loadable Compass card that can have day passes or stored fare. For info on how to get your Compass card, and for all fare info, click here. And when you get your card, here are some places in the city absolutely worth taking transit to get to!

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