2022 Vancouver Outdoors Fall Bucket List

A couple enjoys fallen leaves at a Vancouver Park

Photo: Hubert Kang/Destination Vancouver

Fall in Vancouver is spectacular. Celebrate the harvest, catch the changing colours, and squeeze in some snow-free adventures before the snow arrives. How many things will you check off on this Vancouver outdoors fall bucket list?

 

Catch the Changing Colours

Autumn is a beautiful time in Vancouver as the weather cools down and the leaves change colour. The bold pockets of red, orange, and yellow leaves stand out against the blanket of evergreen trees. Pack a picnic and your camera, then head out to one of the best places to see fall colours around Vancouver.

Photo: Destination Vancouver

 

Enjoy Spooky Season at Canyon Frights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge

Enjoy incredible views of the Capilano River canyon and the spectacular rainforest all while having a spooktacular time. From October 14 to 31 the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park will be transformed into Canyon Frights complete with decorations, treats, and Halloween-themed games for the whole family. The Canyon Frights experience is included with the price of admission.

 

Take a Hike

Fall is a beautiful time to go hiking: breathe in the crisp air, listen to the crunch of leaves underfoot, and enjoy the canopy of red, orange, and yellow overhead. For the best autumn colours, choose a trail from our lists of gorgeous fall hikes near Vancouver and more gorgeous fall hikes near Vancouver. Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you need to stay inside. Check out our list of the best hikes for rainy days.

View of the Tantalus Mountains from the Cheekeye River

Four Lakes Trail at Alice Lake Provincial Park. Photo: Taryn Eyton

 

Pick a Pumpkin

Does anything say “fall” more than a big orange pumpkin? And what could be more fun than picking out your own at one of Vancouver’s pumpkin patches? Use our pumpkin patch listings to find a farm near you.

Pumpkin patch

Photo: Marius Ciocirlan/Unsplash

 

Head to the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

Get inspired by the films at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. This year the fall series runs in-person in Vancouver from November 14 to 19 and streams online from November 14 to December 12. The festival includes short and feature-length films about mountain sports including skiing and climbing, as well as documentaries about mountain culture and the environment.

 

Rise and Climb at the Sea to Sky Gondola

Challenge yourself to climb the steep Sea to Summit Trail to the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola on Saturday and Sunday mornings in September and October. If you arrive at the summit before noon you receive a complimentary coffee and will be entered to win cool prizes from Sea to Sky Gondola, Helly Hansen, tentree, and local businesses. Sign-up for the Rise and Climb challenge on the Sea to Sky Gondola website.

Hikers on the Sea to Summit Trail at the Sea to Sky Gondola

Hikers on the Sea to Summit Trail. Photo: Paul Bride/Sea to Sky Gondola

 

Get Lost in a Corn Maze

Finding your way through a corn maze is a fun fall activity for all ages. Several Vancouver-area farms have corn mazes you can explore including mini-mazes for kids, scary haunted mazes for brave adults, and mystery mazes full of clues. Use our guide to Vancouver corn mazes to plan an a-maize-ing trip.

A father and son walk through a corn maze

Photo: Anderson Schmig/Unsplash

 

Shop at a Farmer’s Market

Fall is harvest season and the vendors at Vancouver’s farmer’s markets have a bounty of produce at this time of year. Stroll through the stalls to choose freshly picked apples, pumpkins, squash, gourds, and more.

 

Go for a Bike Ride

Each autumn, Vancouver’s tree-lined streets explode into yellows, golds, and reds. Why not enjoy it by bike? Use our list of Vancouver fall bike rides to pedal your way through eight different routes teeming with fall colours.

A cycist pedals past fall leaves in Vancouver's West End

West End cyclist in the fall. Photo: Destination Vancouver/Nelson Mouellic

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