Fall is here, and Vancouver couldn’t look more beautiful. Its leaves change colour as the breeze gets cooler. Suddenly, you trade in the upbeat tunes of summer for mellower ones and the air smells of rain and pumpkin spice. However, the change of season doesn’t mean that all the fun you enjoyed during vacations is over because fall is full of fun activities that have nothing to envy to the other seasons. That’s why we’ve compiled the top 10 things to do during fall in Vancouver, so you’ll have no excuses for not having fun this season.
1. Get your game on with hockey season
Is there anything more Canadian than hockey and maple syrup? We don’t think so. So, kick off October with the new hockey season. Enjoy the game with your loved ones while you cheer and scream for the Canucks at Roger Arena. There’s no better way to enjoy the fall than this. Check the schedule here.
2. Go to a Candlelight concert
When you think of October, it’s hard not to think of getting cozy listening to your favourite tunes, and well, there’s Candlelight to appease all our cravings. From Halloween classics to the pop artists of the moment, listen to the best soundtracks by candlelight at some of Vancouver’s most iconic venues.
3. Get spooked at Fright Nights
Are you ready to get spooked? On select nights from October 1 to 31, you can visit Fright Nights and test your bravery at their 8 haunted houses. But as if that weren’t enough, you can also ride on their 15 frightening attractions and be part of their “Opening Scaremonies” to complete your gut-wrenching night out. This one is definitely not for the faint-hearted!
4. Take a stroll through VanDusen Botanical Garden
The changing colour of the leaves is undoubtedly one of our favourite moments of fall. The great thing is that VanDusen Botanical Garden is the perfect place to see this beautiful event up close. Check out their Harvest Days as they transform their veggie garden and maze area into the perfect photo op. You can also enjoy activities, tasty treats, and live music as you celebrate this incredible season.
5. Explore the city’s haunting secrets with Ghost Patrol
Looking to connect with the paranormal? Then check out Vancouver Mysteries’ newest outdoor game, Ghost Patrol. Players are paranormal investigators sent out to explore four different hauntings in downtown Vancouver. The ghost stories will take you through three different decades experiencing the city in the 1910s, 1930s and 1970s, along the way. Don’t be scared, and let the ghosts guide you!
6. Grab a cold one at Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week
From November 2 to 12, grab a cold one at Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week and enjoy the best of the Historic Shipyards District. Starting November 2, sample beer from 10 North Shore breweries, one cidery and one distillery as you relish treats from hip food trucks, live entertainment, and more. Then, from November 3 to 12, you can enjoy individual events at each participating brewery.
7. Celebrate nature at night with Bear Creek Lights
Bear Creek Park is beautiful by day but have you seen it at night? From November 3 to 17, the Bear Creek Lights will illuminate 1km of the park with the most magical light set up. Stroll around at your own pace and keep an eye out for the salmons, squirrels, and owls that might appear at night.
8. See the Canyon Lights at Capilano Bridge
While the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver is a fantastic place to visit year-round, its beauty truly shines during the fall and winter seasons when it is adorned with captivating lights that change colors. From November 17 to January 21, you can experience this enchanting illumination daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
9. Get artsy at Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl
Channel your artsy side and join the Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl as you go scavenger hunting for unique artisanal pieces to upgrade your spaces. From November 16 to 19, this visual arts festival will involve more than 500 artists on Vancouver’s Eastside, who will open their studios to the public. Crawl through Columbia Street, First Ave, Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront, and immerse yourself in the vibrant world of art and creativity.
10. Winter is coming at Vancouver’s Christmas Market
Bid farewell to fall and embrace the arrival of winter at Vancouver’s Christmas Market. —Yes, we know it might seem a bit early for Christmas, but trust us on this one— From November 17 to December 24, you can immerse yourself in the holiday spirit by enjoying Christmas karaoke, embarking on a scavenger hunt, savouring delicious treats, finding artisanal gifts, and capturing memorable moments in front of Vancouver’s unique Christmas tree! So, don’t miss out on the merriment and enchantment this holiday market has in store for you.