It’s fall, ya’ll. This time of year is beloved in B.C. and we cannot get enough of it. From the chilly sweater weather to the amazing fall leaves, autumn in Vancouver is the absolute best. In order to make the most of this time, we compiled a list of the Vancouver fall bucket list activities you need to do in October.
Get ready for the best fall ever. While some places around Canada are getting snow, Vancouver is set to have a warm fall. It may not be the summer temperatures we've gotten used to, but it’s still a great time of year to get out and explore.
Vancouver is known for having some pretty amazing things to do. To make your life easier, we made a list of the 25 bucket list things you need to do this fall in and around Vancouver.
From the stereotypical pumpkin patches and corn mazes to finding the best latte, this list has it all.
Winter is just around the corner so we suggest getting out and about while you still can. Grab a friend or two and see how many of these 25 things you can complete before it snows.
You can thank us later for all the wicked Instagram pictures you are bound to get.
Hit Up Stanley Park
Why You Need To Go: Stanley Park in the fall is a must-do activity. From now until mid-November, the leaves will be changing and it's the most beautiful thing ever. Take a walk around the forested park and enjoy all the fall views.
A Cozy Coffee Shop Date
Why You Need To Go: Vancouver has tons of cute coffee shops. Spend the day exploring some of your favourites and indulge in a latte or two. Nothing says fall like a nice warm beverage.
Scare Your Pants Off at Fright Nights
Address: 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Fright Nights at the PNE are seriously wicked. This annual event takes over the amusement park for some scary exhibitions and live shows. Plus, your favourite rides will be up and running.
Hit Up a Free Movie Night
Address: River District, South Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Several times this fall, there will be a free drive-in style movie taking place at the River district in Vancouver. All of the movies have been posted online so pick a date and go.
Visit the Iconic Sylvia Hotel
Address: 1154 Gilford St, Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: This iconic hotel is covered from top to bottom in bright yellow and orange leaves making it the perfect fall stop on your list of things to do.
Eat Seasonal Donuts
Address: 2902 Main St. or 2198 W 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Lucky’s Doughnuts in Vancouver is arguably one of the best doughnut shops in the area. During the fall, they do special seasonal flavours including pumpkin cheesecake and apple tart. Why not try them both?
Attend an Apple Festival
When: October 19 & 20, 2019
Address: UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 Marine Dr. SW, Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: There will be over 700 varieties of apples to try at this year’s Apple Festival. If this doesn’t scream fall, we don’t know what does.
Go Pumpkin Picking
Why You Need To Go: It wouldn’t be fall without a cute pumpkin patch picture. There are tons of pumpkin patches around Vancouver and all you need to do is pick one. Grab a friend and prepare for the most fall-themed photos of your life.
Solve a Murder Mystery
When: October 18, 2019
Address: 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Science World is putting on a special fall event, After Dark: Murder Mystery Edition 2019. If you have a morbid fascination with murder and mysteries, this adults-only event is for you.
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
When: Now until October 31, 2019
Address: 41905 Yale Rd. West, Chilliwack, BC
Why You Need To Go: Nothing screams fall quite like visiting a corn maze. Head to the Chilliwack Corn Maze to make your fall dreams a reality.
Do all the Free Things
When: Multiple dates
Why You Need To Go: There are tons of free activities happening from now until November around Vancouver. See how many you can do before Old Man Winter hits.
Soak in a Hot Spring
Address: 5655 BC-23, Nakusp, BC
Why You Need To Go: There are tons of hot springs around Vancouver. For only $13, you can soak in the warm baths at Halcyon Hot Springs and we highly recommend it.
Take Off on a Fall Road Trip
Why You Need To Go: From now until mid-November, the leaves are going to be epic. We strongly recommend hopping in the car and doing a little road trip to one of the many places around B.C. to see the changing leaves.
Visit the VanDusen Botanical Garden
Address: 5151 Oak St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: What better way to enjoy the changing fall landscapes than at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens? Tons of foliage will be blooming in the fall and you won't want to miss it.
Go Thrift Store Hunting
Why You Need To Go: Vancouver has some pretty epic thrift stores and you need to visit them this fall. This season is the perfect time to beef up your wardrobe with some awesome vintage finds.
Vancouver International Film Festival
When: Now until October 11, 2019
Why You Need To Go: Every year, the Vancouver International Film Festival has over 700 performances in 11 days. It's the perfect excuse to skip the Netflix.
Oktoberfest at Harvest Haus
When: October 10 to 12 and 18 to 19
Address: 2901 East Hastings St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: This is one of Vancouver’s best Oktoberfest celebrations. From beer and food to live entertainment and music, this multi-day event is a must-do during the fall.
Cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge
Address: 3735 Capilano Rd., North Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: This bridge is a B.C. staple and it's perfect for fall. It’s wonderful to go during this time of year as there are fewer tourists and tons of fall foliage to view.
Sip Beer at Granville Island Brewing
Address: 1441 Cartwright St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Granville Island Brewing is in the center of Vancouver's Granville Island and it's got some pretty amazing beer. If the coffee shops didn’t warm you up, maybe something a little boozier will.
Enjoy a Hike
Why You Need To Go: Fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy a hike around Vancouver as it’s not too hot and not too cold. There are tons to hit up, the hardest part is picking one.
Have a Friendsgiving
Why You Need To Go: Fall and Thanksgiving go hand in hand. While you may not be lucky enough to have family around, you do have friends. Get together and enjoy a Friendsgiving with everything from turkey to wine.
Check Out the Local Murals
Why You Need To Go: Vancouver has tons of stunning art murals all over the downtown area. Grab a friend and a camera and enjoy a mini photoshoot. The fall leaves mixed with the vibrant mural colours will make for one epic pic.
Cheer on the Canucks
Address: Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: In Canada, fall time is hockey time. Cheer on our local NHL team by attending one of the many home games.
Get Spooked at a Haunted House
Address: 12530 72 Ave., Surrey, BC
Why You Need To Go: October is the perfect time of year to get a good scare in. Getting trapped in this haunted house with a murderer is not for the faint of heart. But for some reason, it's a lot of fun.
Watch the Halloween Parade
When: October 13, 2019
Why You Need To Go: Howe and Granville will be turning into a walking nightmare. This free event is a must-do this Halloween season and is the perfect way to get some costume inspiration.
Follow this list closely and you're bound to have a great fall.