Not feeling Halloween this year? You're not alone. This Fall, there's a lot more to do in our province than go on a hike to see the leaves change colours or getting spooked at a haunted house.
Summer might be over, but that doesn't mean the fun is over! There are a ton of cultural and culinary offerings in the province this Fall that you won't want to miss.
Whether it's that classic B.C. attraction that you never got around to seeing or a experience you're curious to try, venture out of your warm and cosy home this Fall and see something new!
Laugh 'till it hurts at an Improv Comedy Show
Laughs are guaranteed at an improv comedy show. Tickets are usually pretty affordable at your local improv centre and this one in Vancouver has a hidden waterfront bar where you can grab a drink and catch up with friends before the show!
Go See Live Theatre
Going to see a live theatre show is so much fun, especially when it's nasty outside. Check out your local theatre guide and pick one that looks good. You're going to be surprised at how engaging and fun it is compared to going to the movies!
Chow Down on a Seafood Boil
A seafood boil is more than just a meal. It's entertaining, challenging and a lot of fun! The Captains Boil has a few locations nearby and the hilariously named So Crab So Good offers seriously satisfying seafood boils.
Take a Self-guided Fraser Valley Farm Tour
Rural Fraser Valley is so much fun to explore and you can build your own travel itinerary with Circle Farm Tours. From wineries and cideries to fruit farms and goat dairies—you're sure to make new friends on the farm and have a blast on the way.
Sea to Sky Gondola
Whether you've never been before or you've been too many times to count, it's always fun to ride the gondola. Even Sam Smith loves to take a trip up here! The suspension bridge is open year round and if you're not keen on exploring the nearby trails, you can always chill at the restaurants and enjoy the view while eating french fries.
Visit JJ Family Spa
If you feel like pampering yourself but you don't want to shell out over a hundred dollars for a massage, try visiting this spa in Coquitlam. With six different sauna rooms to try, you can bliss out any way you want. Imagine being warm and toasty inside a sauna on a cold Autumn night.
Shop at the East Side Flea Market
Layering is the name of the game when it comes to creating the perfect Fall look. Shop at the East Side Flea Market and find cool pieces to mix in with your wardrobe. These markets are basically like a shopping party with vinyl records playing, food trucks slinging snacks, games and, of course, drinks! You'll never go to a basic department store again.
Drink up at Oktoberfest
Beer lovers know that the return of Fall means it's time to dust off their stein and head to an Oktoberfest party. These festivals of Bavarian food and drink are a fun excuse to dress up and imbibe with new friends.
Pick a Pumpkin
You are never too old to have fun at a pumpkin patch. Finding the perfect pumpkin on the farm is so much more rewarding than buying one of dubious freshness from the grocery store. Farms worth checking out include Krause Farms, Maan Farms and Richmond Country Farms. If you're not into sipping hot apple cider and going on hayrides, then you're just no fun.
Take a Dip in Canada's Most Beautiful Hotspring
Take a trip to Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park for a rejuvenating soak. No hiking is required to access these hot springs! The warmth of the hot springs means that the forest that surrounds seems like lush tropical paradise. You have to put this place on your bucket list.
Soak up Tropical vibes
Feeling bummed about not going on vacation this Fall? You can stay here and chill out with tropical vibes any day of the week! Shameful Tiki Room offers snacks and unreal cocktails in a theme-park Tiki setting. Calabash serves up a delicious Carribean brunch and has live reggae music at night. For more tropical food, try The Reef in Vancouver, and you can always go to the Tropic Zone at the Aquarium to immerse yourself in the lush tropics!
Summerhill Pyramid Winery
There's really never a bad time of the year to visit B.C.'s wineries! Check out Summerhill Pyramid Winery for organic and biodynamic wines and amazing photo ops with their actual pyramid. In addition to amazing wines, they have meetings and gatherings throughout the year like vegan potlucks and Fall Equinox celebrations.
Sleep Under the Stars like Royalty
If you're totally averse to camping, you can still capture the experience of sleeping under the stars at this Tofino Airbnb! The bedroom is almost completely glassed-in and you can stargaze through the roof while lying in bed. This would make for a romantic getaway this Fall and honestly beats going to a Haunted House any day!
See Harvest Glow
Harvest Glow is an autumnal version of their popular winter holiday event. This Fall festival is convenient because it's totally weather-proof! You can pick a pumpkin from their indoor patch and check out their glittering light display celebrating Fall.
Check out the Guo Pei Exhibit
Guo Pei, a.k.a. the woman behind Rhianna's most iconic Met Gala look is getting an exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery this Fall. This is the first-ever Canadian exhibition of her work and will showcase her stunning and evocative runway looks. Guo Pei is crushing the fashion game and as a minority woman in a male-dominated industry, she's paving the way for future generations of designers. Anyone who loves fashion will love this refreshing and unique art exhibit!
See the Cranberry Bogs
Mid-autumn is when the cranberry bogs flood and the ripe, red berries float to the top. It's incredible to see! You can check out cranberry farms in places like Fort Langley and Nanaimo this Fall and buy fresh berries for Thanksgiving dinner.
Eat sushi from Tojo's
Most sushi-lovers know that we have Chef Tojo to thank for the California Roll. This Fall is his restaurant's 30th anniversary and they're celebrating with a special menu. Taste B.C. sushi innovation and Japanese cuisine at Tojo's this Fall for an unforgettable meal. It's better than your usual dive sushi place!
Stay in a Beachside Cottage
Hikes are overrated. You know what's always fun? A walk on the beach! Take yourself on a mini-vacation and rent a little seaside cottage this Fall. This adorable cottage has unique architecture, a loft bedroom and it's right next to the beach. Getaway on a long-weekend to this romantic little spot!
Learn how to Roast Coffee
Hey coffee lovers, do you know what goes into your cup? Learn about the entire process from bean to cup and roast your own at this fun workshop. You'll do roasting, tastings and get to take a bag of beans home with you. Fall is the perfect time to learn more about your favourite cosy morning cup!
Catch a concert by a Veritable Star
Musical luminaries are coming our way! This Fall, we're seeing the likes of Childish Gambino, some guy named Drake, Justin Timberlake from N'SYNC fame and Nicki Minaj grace the Roger's Arena stage in Vancouver. It's always fun to watch a real superstar live and even though these big shows can be expensive, they are an amazing experience.
Practice Shinrin-Yoku in Victoria
Shinrin-Yoku is a Japanese practice of “forest bathing”. It’s part meditation and part walk through the woods. This isn’t really a hike so much as it is an exercise for your mind! You'll be guided through the trails of Pacific Francis King Park in Saanich and learn mindfulness practices. Relax, connect to nature and get peace of mind this Fall.
Try Storm Watching in Tofino
Bundle up and watch the waves crash on the beach on the wild coast of Tofino. Since Fall isn’t as busy in Tofino as summer, you’ll get a better deal on a place to stay. If you look out across the ocean, there’s nothing but ocean between you and Japan and waves can reach insane heights of 20 feet! Don your rain gear and watch the majesty of the sea come to life in Tofino.
B.C. is home to some of the most epic glamping spots in Canada! You can get out into nature and still sleep in a comfortable bed. It’s the best of both worlds. Check out WOODS on Pender Island for a twist of luxury on your glamping trip!
Enjoy a Cup of Tea Your Way
Warm up this fall with a hot cup of tea however you like it! You can join in the Vancouver Tea Festival to hang out with other tea-lovers and sample new varieties. The O5 Tea Bar and Kombucha bar is a great place to sip tea in style. The truly ambitious can take a pilgrimage to Westholme Tea in Duncan where they grow, roast and serve tea!
Few foods are as comforting as dumplings. Empower yourself to make this delicious comfort food all on your own at a workshop taught by a dumpling master. This event will take you to Chinatown shops and you’ll learn where you can pick up the ingredients for dumplings before heading to Sai Woo for your master class!
Take a Painting Class
Grab a couple of friends and throw on an apron for a painting class. Fall is a great time to get creative since you can get stuck inside for days on end!
Bacio Rosso Cabaret Cirque
Cirque lovers will want to check out the premiere of Bacio Rosso this Fall! This event is a mash-up of burlesque, cirque, cabaret comedy and gourmet food! You'll enjoy a four-course meal while watching a one-of-a-kind show complete with magicians, trapeze artists contortionists and more!
Bike Vancouver's 28-kilometre Seaside Greenway
With the recent completion of the Point Grey Road portion of the seawall, Vancouver now boasts an unbroken 28-kilometre bike path along the ocean. Wait for a sunny day and head out on the bikes with your bestie and feel the fresh fall air. Just don't forget your helmet!
Sample New Craft Beer Creations
New seasons mean new flavours at local craft breweries! Brewmasters around the province take inspiration from the season with flavours like pumpkin, maple and cranberry. If you're lucky, the local drinking hole will have autumnal cider on tap, too! This Fall, Vancouver favourite 33 Acres is opening an experimental brewery next door to their original brewery so look forward to new flavours from them!
Get on the UBC Farm
Since Fall is the season of harvesting and bounty, why not visit the local UBC Farm? They have a Fall Fair on September 15 and plenty of other fun events throughout the season that will bring you closer to the food you eat. It'll be apples and pumpkins galore!