Top 10 Autumn Activities in Vancouver

To many people, Vancouver during the fall is boring. People often complain that the autumn in Vancouver is no match against the rest of Canada. And it rains quite a lot. You can’t even ski. But we would argue that Vancouver in the fall isn’t worse than any other time of the year – in fact, it’s the opposite!

Don’t believe us? Here are 10 things you can do in Vancouver during the fall.

Fall Colors


Vancouver’s fall foliage is impressive.

Once it’s autumn, autumn leaves sprinkle all over the places. Since the city’s soak in red, it doesn’t take much to feel the sense of autumn in the air.

Looking for the perfect place to appreciate autumn colors? The VanDusen Botanical Garden and Stanley Park would be a great place to start. Queen Elizabeth Park is the highest point of downtown Vancouver, where you not only get to enjoy views of autumn, but also the city at its fullest.

Farmer’s market for groceries


Vancouver’s farmer’s markets thrive during autumn. During this time of the year, it won’t be hard for you to find farmer’s markets. Places are often filled with local farmers offering produce that is freshly picked.

To start your journey, we recommend the Riley Park Farmers Market, which is open from summer to winter. It’s formerly known as the Nat Bailey Farmers Market, but the location and the opening hours didn’t change at all. Like it has always been, it’s still open outside Nat Bailey Stadium every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While the opening hours are short, you will be able to find more than 70 local vendors selling a variety of goods. That includes fresh vegetables, dairy products, meat products, alcohol, and coffee beans. If you want to experience Vancouver like a local, joining one of the Farmer’s Markets here might be a good start.

The Vancouver International Film Festival

Another major event in Vancouver happening during the fall is the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). It is one of the largest film festivals in North America. There are more than 300 films from more than 60 countries showcased each year. These include many works from Asia, such as the recent Academy Award-winner ‘Parasite’, and the award-winning film ‘Wet Season’.

If you’re interested in Vancouver’s local film talent, you should not miss the VIFF.

Pumpkin picking


Pumpkin picking is the most family-friendly event for a large family during the fall.

Whether you’re picking a pumpkin lantern for Halloween, gathering ingredients for a Thanksgiving feast, or just getting some family action by getting close with nature, pumpkin picking is something you should look forward to every year during the fall.

There are several farms in the Lower Mainland that offer pumpkin picking services. That includes locations such as Richmond Country Farms and Maan Farms Pumpkin Patch, where you can harvest pumpkins with sizes ranging from a few pounds to over 100 pounds.

If you find pumpkin picking too much of a hassle, you can also buy one. Besides hand-picking pumpkins in the fields, many farms also sell well-grown pumpkins. There are also other crops, such as homemade jams, corn, and apples, so that you don’t have to get dirty to enjoy a slice of the fall.

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Pumpkin Pie


Of course, you have to eat the pumpkin after you pick it! While you can make your pumpkin pie at home, if you are lazy like me, you might as well consider buying your own pumpkin pie outside.

When it comes to pies, The Pie Hole must be on the list. It focuses on recipes that showcase a slice of Americana, with recipes that are elegant and yet timeless. Besides, Her Majesty’s Pie Company is also quite popular among locals, as they bake their pie using only local produce.



Besides pumpkins, another crop that is in the harvest season during the fall is Cranberry.

Cranberry harvest season runs from October to November each year. Since cranberry fields are difficult to harvest by hand, local farmers usually fill their fields with water and use machines to pull up the Cranberry.

While that might mean that you will not harvest your own cranberry, that only means another way to enjoy the fall. As the cranberry fields were being filled with water, the field became a small lake filled with red. During the evenings, sunsets reflect on the water, making this a picturesque scene.

On top of that, the Fort Langley Cranberry Festival will be held every year on the Saturday of Thanksgiving week to celebrate cranberry harvest seasons.

Salmon Runs


The fall is when salmon runs happen. Salmon Runs are, essentially, salmons swimming against the current and heading towards the upstream to lay eggs, before finally succumbing to their fate and die. It is a spectacle to behold, almost like an animal-vs-nature show that’s free to observe every time during this part of the year.

To witness this battle, Capilano Hatchery would be a great place. It is a salmon hatchery center that caught salmons during their upstream battle, and you can have the front roll seat simply by watching behind one of the many glass panels here.

Corn Maze


Over the past two decades, eco-tourism is up and rising in Vancouver. Besides pumpkin picking we’ve mentioned above, another new trend that is very much worth keeping an eye on is the corn maze. As the name suggests, it is a maze that builds itself with corn crops.

Places like Bose Corn Maze and Chilliwack Corn Maze open from August to October. As the name suggests, the mazes in these places are actually cornfields. It comes with a new maze pattern designed every year and with different levels of difficulty.

Beside the maze, these locations usually feature other entertainment facilitates. That includes go-karts, parlor games, or sometimes small animal meetups.

New Form Festival

New Form Festival is an electronic and experimental music festival that takes place every October. The festival, which combines music, video, and installation art, has a star-studded lineup every year. Lineups include Robert Hood, Khotin, Pye Corner Audio, D.Tiffany, and many others.

Whether you are looking forward to meeting new artists that are up and coming, or were just looking for some rugged dance beats that allow you to sink in and chill, if you are a fan of Electronic and Dance music, you should definitely book your tickets now.

Fright Nights

Do you think Halloween every year is boring? Do Trick and Treat no longer excite you and you’ve lost your thrill? If any of the above is true, you can’t miss Fright Nights. It is an adult-themed entertainment venue themed with Halloween, which takes place every October.

Besides the 20 different types of rides available, tickets also include several different themed haunted houses that are going to scare the hell out of you.

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