Your 2023 Vancouver Outdoors Fall Bucket List

Fall colours at Trout Lake in east Vancouver, BC

Fall colours at Trout Lake. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Nelson Mouellic

Celebrate the harvest, catch the changing colours, and soak up the fall vibes. Add these Vancouver outdoor adventures to your fall bucket list.


Get Lost in a Corn Maze

Wander through the corn stalks. There are 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 woman stands in a corn maze

Photo: Allef Vinicius/Unsplash


Take a Hike

Fall is a great time of year to hike in Vancouver: the leaves are changing and the air is crisp. Use our tips for safe fall hiking to plan your trip. Looking for the perfect fall hike? Choose one from our lists of the best Vancouver hikes for fall colours, more hikes for fall colours, or the best hikes for rainy days. Or dig into our Vancouver hike of the month archives.

View of the Tantalus Mountains from the Cheekeye River

Fall scenery on the Four Lakes Trail in Squamish. Photo: Taryn Eyton


Enjoy Spooky Season at the Capilano Suspension Bridge

Enjoy incredible views of the Capilano River canyon while having a spooktacular time. From October 13 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.

Fall display at the Canyon Frights event at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Canyon Frights. Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park


Pick Some Apples

Fall is harvest time! Celebrate by picking your own apples. Visit a farm, hit up farm stands, or head to an apple festival for the freshest fruit. Our Vancouver apple-picking guide can help you make it happen.

Apple picking

Photo: Bethany Ballantyne/Unsplash


Soak Up the Fall Colours

Autumn is a spectacular 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.

Stanley Park seawall with fall colours

Stanley Park Seawall with fall colours. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Nelson Mouellic


Head to a Pumpkin Patch

Pick your own pumpkin this fall. Visit a Vancouver-area pumpkin patch to choose your jack-o-lantern to-be and take part in fun fall activities like hayrides and petting zoos.

Pumpkin patch display at Willowview Farms near Vancouver

Willow View Farms. Photo: Priscilla Du Preez/Unsplash


Go Bird Watching

As winter approaches, dozens of bird species migrate south to warmer climates. Vancouver is on the Pacific Flyway, a major north-south migration route for birds flying between Alaska and Patagonia, which makes it a great birding location in the fall. Check out our guide to the best birding spots around the city.

Woman looking through a spotting scope at Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack

Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve. Photo: BC Bird Trail


Head to the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Fall Series

Each November the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) showcases outdoor films in their Fall Film Series. This year’s event takes place in mid-November. Visit the VIMFF website for updated show dates and times.

VIMFF logo

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival


Take a Bike Ride

Each autumn, Vancouver’s tree-lined streets explode into yellows, golds, and reds. Why not enjoy it by bike? There are plenty of great fall photo ops as you cruise along quiet bike paths. If the weather gets too chilly, stop for a pumpkin spice latte break. Use our guide to the best fall bike rides to discover colourful routes.

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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